'Rogue One' Writer Penning 'Last Jedi' Comic Book

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As Star Wars fans head to theaters to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story, Marvel Entertainment will be maintaining a tradition that goes back to the origins of the franchise by releasing the first two issues of its comic book adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The six-issue series, which will begin in May, follows the path established by Marvel’s adaptations of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, by adding scenes not featured in the movie that are, nonetheless, canonical parts of the story.

It also follows the comic adaptation of The Force Awakens by using a writer whose work has appeared elsewhere in the Star Wars franchise; the series will be written by Gary Whitta, one of the screenwriters of Rogue One, who has also penned episodes of the Disney XD Star Wars: Rebels animated series and contributed to the Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View prose anthology. (The Force Awakens comic was written by Chuck Wendig, the author responsible for the Star Wars: Aftermath prose trilogy.)

Artwork for the Last Jedi comic book comes from Michael Walsh and Mike Spencer, with covers by Mike Del Mundo. The first issue also features a variant cover by Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi No. 1 will be released May 2, with the second issue following later that month.