Yen Press has announced they’ve licensed, in partnership with Lucasfilm, two new manga Star Wars series. Star Wars: Rebels by Akira Aoki originally launched on the LINE Manga app back in December adapting the American animated series into the manga format. Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan is an adaptation of Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan novel. This manga also launched on the LINE Manga app back in 2019. This isn’t the first Star Wars manga to debut in America as it follows the Viz Media Star Wars series that released in January.
Here’s a break down of each series:
Star Wars Rebels
Story and Art by Akira Aoki
Set during an era when the Galactic Empire is hunting down the last of the Jedi, a fledgling rebellion against the Empire begins to take form. Star Wars Rebels takes place in the area surrounding the planet Lothal, where the Galactic Empire battles against Ezra, a teenage con artist with latent Force abilities, Kanan, one of the last surviving members of the Jedi Order, and the rest of the ragtag rebels on board the starship Ghost.
Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan
Story by Claudia Gray
Art by Haruichi Furudate
A young Princess Leia spends her days learning the ways of politics, aiding those in need and preparing for the traditional ceremony in which she declares her intention to one day rule Alderaan. But as Leia prepares herself to be named the heir of the throne, she becomes aware of the growing distance between her and her parents, who behind closed doors are leaders of the newly-formed Rebellion. Upon learning her parents’ secrets, Leia must now make a choice between her responsibility to the people of Alderaan and her responsibility to save a galaxy crushed by the rule of the Empire.
Both series will be available digitally and in print in fall 2020.