A galaxy far, far away is about to get just a little bit more expansive. Not only do we have a brand new, single-player game on the way later this year in the form of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order that will contain a canon story, we now have word that Marvel Comics will release a prequel tie-in comic book series, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Dark Temple. The five-issue Star Wars miniseries is set to make its debut this fall.
Per the announcement from Lucasfilm, the book will be written by Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men), with art from Paolo Villanelli (Vader: Dark Visions). The first issue is set to hit stands in September and will center on Cere Junda, a major character in Respawn Entertainment's upcoming Star Wars video game. Rosenberg had this to say about the project in a statement.
"Working on the Jedi: Fallen Order comic has been a great experience. Respawn and Lucasfilm are not only creating one of the most exciting video games in a long, long time, but they're also telling a truly epic Star Wars story. So having the chance to introduce audiences to some of the game's cast, and explore a bit of who they are and how they got where they are is really fun. Cere Junda and Eno Cordova are a pair of Jedi that fans are definitely going to want to know more about, and this comic will tell you part of their story you won't get anywhere else."
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Dark Temple centers on Jedi Master Eno Cordova and his impulsive Padawan Cere Junda. The story sees them on a seemingly straightforward mission that evolves into something far more dangerous. The Jedi Council sends the duo to a remote planet named Ontotho to oversee the excavation of a mysterious temple. Ontotho plays host to dueling forces of local resistance and ruthless security troops who are locked in a war for the fate of the planet, with the Jedi caught square in the middle. Paolo Villanelli had this to say.
"What's more fun than working on a new Star Wars book? Well, the answer is working on a new Star Wars book exploring a completely new part of the franchise. As a video game lover I was super excited to be part of the new Fallen Order game, and as an artist I was thrilled to explore and create a part of it for the comics. Besides our titular heroes Cere and Eno, we'll get a chance to show new planets, villains, and some good old lightsaber action."
Marvel and Lucasfilm also revealed the cover art from the first issue, which we've included below. While the game itself won't require that fans read the comic in order to understand the story being told, it's said the book will "enrich the experience." Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is set to arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on November 15. Be sure to check out the cover art from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Dark Temple #1 below. This news was first reported by StarWars.com.