As Kermit the Frog once sang, "It's not easy being green," but that never stopped the legendary Jedi master Yoda from being an instrumental element in training the Old Republic's heroic knights in the gentler ways of the Force and taking on crazy Count Dooku.
Marvel's next stop in its tour-de-Force (get it?) series of Star Wars comic treatments will be none other than Yoda, the diminutive wizard warrior of the galaxy, far, far way. Come December, Marvel will present an all-new backstory for the spiritual center of the Star Wars universe in a stand-alone quest written by the flagship title's chief wordsmith, Jason Aaron, with art by Darth Vader's Salvador Larroca. Now, that's an all-star team up! This special "interlude" adventure will serve the same function as other diverting tales like the Obi-Wan solo issue back in Star Wars #6, and will be framed in a similar manner, with Luke Skywalker flipping through the dusty journal found in Kenobi's Tatooine hut beginning in Star Wars #26.
Here's what Aaron had to say about this new story from Yoda's past in an interview with StarWars.com:
The challenge was to do something with Yoda that we hadn’t seen before. I really wanted to see just what it was like when Yoda was going out into the galaxy and being a Jedi. This story takes place before the Clone Wars and it’s set in a world we’ve never seen before. I was always just intrigued by that idea. You know, we’ve seen Yoda as the teacher, as the wise Jedi Master, but I wanted to see Yoda just as the Jedi. So this puts him on a very unusual adventure.
The other big challenge with Yoda, of course, is finding something that’s a challenge for him, right? Who can pose a threat to Yoda? I think we came up with an interesting answer to that question. That’s part of the mystery of this story. There’s a very specific reason that this is going to be quite the challenge for Yoda. It’s not a matter of just him being the more powerful Jedi. It’s a bit trickier than that.
I don’t know if we’ve put a pin in exactly when it takes place. It does take place before Phantom Menace. We do get a brief appearance by Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan, so that’ll probably help date it.
Marvel has done a fantastic job with all their Star Wars books since the 2015 launch, filling in the blank spots between the saga's main story arcs from the films and this peek back in time at the Jedi master's earlier exploits will be a sweet yuletide surprise when this first Yoda-centric issue of Star Wars #26 hits stores in December.
Will you put this Yoda yarn on your Star Wars pull list this winter?