Star Wars novel Lost Stars being adapted into new online manga

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Apr 26, 2017, 3:17 PM EDT

A new Japanese digital manga series based on Claudia Gray's young adult book, Lost Stars, is cruising into view starting in May. Set within the existing Star Wars universe, it follows the daring adventures of pilots Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell and their evolving relationship during the turbulent events of the Galactic Civil War.

This online comic is poised to launch on May 4 with the first of a series of free bi-weekly chapters available via the manga app, Line. Illustrated by Avengers: Zombies Assemble's Yūsaku Komiyama, this Lost Stars project will mark the first time Grey’s space opera tale is translated in Japanese, and the first officially licensed Star Wars manga event in almost ten years.

Here's the novel's description from

The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.

Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood.

Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them — and the galaxy — apart?

Will you take a stab at this new Star Wars manga when it debuts next Thursday?

(Via io9)