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May 4, 2021, will see the release of Viz Media’s manga adaptation of the junior Star Wars novel Guardian of the Whills.
A 2017 release tying in with the 2016 movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Guardian of the Whills revisits fan-favorite characters Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe before they joined the Rebellion in the blockbuster film. Here’s the original Greg Rucka book’s publisher description:
On the desert world of Jedha, in the Holy City, friends Baze and Chirrut used to be Guardians of the hills, who looked after the Kyber Temple and the devoted pilgrims who worshiped there. Then the Empire came and took over the planet. The temple was destroyed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of Jedha, but it never seems to be enough. Then a man named Saw Gerrera arrives, with a militia of his own and grand plans to take down the Empire. It seems like the perfect way for Baze and Chirrut to make a real difference and help the people of Jedha live better lives. But will it come at too great a cost?
This is more information about the 196-page Viz Media softcover manga adaptation, priced at $14.99 and adapted from Rucka’s book by Jon Tsuei with illustrations from manga artist Subaru:
The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force. – Chirrut Îmwe
Presiding over the Kyber Temple on Jedha, the Guardians of the Whills, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe, had hoped to maintain a peaceful balance despite the growing presence of the Empire in their Holy City. Yet they struggle to stay true to the Force as stormtroopers threaten to take over. When a rebel named Saw Gerrera appears offering them a chance to help Jedha, Baze and Chirrut must decide if they’re willing to compromise for peace, or if Saw’s plan is too dangerous to risk?
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills introduces Baze and Chirrut before they meet the Rebellion members who turn the tide in the fight against the Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
A cute-looking manga adaptation of Frozen II is also coming from the Viz folks, and is set for release on Feb. 9, 2021: