Earlier this week, Lucasfilm announced a new Star Wars comic miniseries coming this spring, called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
This miniseries will of course be a tie-in to the brand new Star Wars theme park opening later this year at both Disney Land and Disney World, called “Galaxy’s Edge.” This park takes visitors to the planet Batuu, to Black Spire Outpost, where they will get to experience what it’s like to be in Star Wars. Leading up to the park, Lucasfilm has been hard at work giving a backstory to this planet, which has shown up in a number of places – including perhaps most prominently in the novel “Thrawn: Alliances” by Timothy Zahn released last year. Now, fans will get to experience Black Spire Outpost even further in this five-issue miniseries.
The series will be written by Ethan Sacks and illustrated by Will Sliney, and the first issue is set to release in April. According to Lucasfilm,
“Readers of the five-issue miniseries will be the first to meet the infamous Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian collector of rare antiquities, and find out what happens when the First Order reaches the edge of wild space. The key to saving this lawless outpost might just involve a job pulled long ago by none other than Han Solo and his cohort Chewbacca.”
Sacks also explained that this series will cover many different eras and will include a story about Han Solo and Chewbacca. That’s pretty cool, but it sounds like the primary focus of this series is going to be giving a backstory to the places and peoples that we will become familiar with at Galaxy’s Edge. One such figure is Dok-Ondar (whose image is above and was designed by Karl Lindberg and Iain McCaig), who is, according to Sacks, “a mysterious Ithorian who is the proprietor of the most notorious antiquities shop in the galaxy. And every item has a story behind it. Some more dangerous to listen to than others.”
If you have been paying super close attention, the name Dok-Ondar isn’t actually new to this series. He was first mentioned very briefly in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and co-writer Jon Kasdan said to remember the name because we’d hear it again. It turns out that Dok-Ondar seems to be an important figure on Batuu, and this comic series will introduce us to him.
One of the really cool things about Galaxy’s Edge is that Lucasfilm is developing an entire canonical backstory about the planet so that the visitor can feel as fully immersed into the Star Wars galaxy as possible. It has been awesome to hear about Batuu in several different canon stories so far, and that will continue with this comic. We’re not just going to be visiting a random place that feels Star Wars-sy, but instead we’re going to be visiting this place that is firmly entrenched in the Star Wars canon, with a backstory and history and characters. Obviously not everyone visiting is going to know all of this nor will it detract from the experience if they don’t, but for those of us who love paying attention to anything and everything Star Wars, this is a great touch. I’m excited for this comic, to continue to learn more about Batuu before visiting Galaxy’s Edge this year!