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Princess Leia getting manga origin story

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Mar 7, 2018

Although we've been given origin stories for Anakin, Luke, C-3PO, and are set to get one for Han, we don't really know what happened with Leia after Episode III and before Episode IV. But Star Wars fans will soon be getting more of the princess-turned-general in manga form. Well, fans fluent in Japanese, anyway.

Only Line could be so bold. The Japanese manga app announced plans to release a free version of its new comic, Leia, on Star Wars Day, aka May the 4th.

The new manga will follow the life of Leia between becoming part of the Alderaan royal family soon after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of Sith and before meeting Luke and Han in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. According to Line's announcement, the comic will tell the story of Leia’s growth from becoming a princess to joining the Rebellion, and follows her love story with Kier, an original character. So, essentially, fans will be getting her origin story.

The announcement from Line also features some artwork from the upcoming comic.

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Artwork for Leia (Haruichui)

The serialized comic by Haruichi will adapt Claudia Gray's young adult novel Leia, Princess of Alderaan, Newsarama is reporting.

This is the second Star Wars manga series that Line has released. Last year, also on Star Wars Day, Line unveiled Lost Wars, a digital manga series set within the Star Wars universe based on Gray's YA book of the same name.

So far, there’s no word yet on if or when an English language version will be available in the U.S. Until then, we’ve still got Gray’s novel to hold Star Wars fans over; not to mention a certain film coming out around the same time.