While guests won’t get to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for quite awhile, Marvel is making the wait a little more bearable. The comic giant is releasing a new comic book series aptly named, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that’s scheduled to debut in April.

What’s happening:

  • StarWars.com has announced that Marvel comics is releasing a new series called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that will take readers on a journey with the characters from the planet Batuu.
  • The five-issue miniseries is written by Ethan Sacks and will be a tie-in to the the new lands Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort later this year.
  • Sacks recently joined the Star Wars comics galaxy with Star Wars: Age of Republics series.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is slated to hit shelves this April and will feature artwork by Will Sliney, the artist behind the Beckett one-shot, and comic adaptation for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
  • Cover art will be created by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm artists.
  • The series will take readers to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu in the Outer Rim where they’ll meet pirates, smugglers, merchants, and wanderers from across the galaxy.
  • Readers 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.
  • Star Wars also shared a concept design variant cover art featuring Dok-Ondar, designed by Karl Lindberg and Iain McCaig, for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge issue #1.
  • The series will launch in April and fans can reserve a copy of now at their local comic store, or wherever comics are sold.

A variant cover of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge issue 31.

A variant cover of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge issue 31.

What they’re saying:

  • StarWars.com spoke with Sacks about the his previous work and collaborating on the new series.
  • Writer Ethan Sacks on the difference between writing Republic series and Galaxy’s Edge: “My lifelong fandom started on a summer afternoon in 1977, when as a four-year-old I first heard John Williams’s score in the theater. That experience of wonder changed my life in a very literal way, driving me on a path that ultimately led me to entertainment journalism and later writing comic books. So this is very personal for me.

The Mace Windu story in Age of Republic was self contained and fairly easy to write once I came up with the basic story idea. While Galaxy’s Edge has intertwined stories over several eras — including a Han Solo and Chewbacca adventure, a very specific dream come true — so plotting it to fruition was kind of like playing a high stakes hand of Sabacc on an active Dejarik board. Fortunately, I have great editors in Mark Paniccia and Thomas Groneman to help me navigate that asteroid field.”

  • Sacks on Dok-Ondar’s role: “There’s a reason Dok-Ondar’s name ripples far and wide in the Star Wars universe. He’s 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.”
  • Sacks on adding story to Disney’s Batuu: “Our series will give fans the chance to visit Black Spire Outpost months ahead of voyaging to Batuu in person. Armed with top-secret sketches and information from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm, we are keeping this authentic to the spirit of this rich new setting. I’d tell you more, but I already have the death sentence on 12 systems….”