New Star Wars Comic Explores Yoda's Adventures as a Young Jedi
Of all the main characters in the Star Wars canon, Yoda may be the most mysterious. Despite being a major part of the Jedi Council, Luke's mentor, and best Jedi-buds with Obi-Wan, almost everything else about the tiny, three-fingered master is a blank. Yoda saw some serious action in The Clone Wars series (including disarming Asajj Ventress like a boss), but his personal history hasn't been revealed—until now.
According to Jason Aaron, one of the writers attached to Marvel's Star Wars comics, Issue #26 will include Luke discovering a trove of Obi-Wan's writings on Yoda, which describe what the future Jedi Master got up to as a young Jedi travelling the galaxy. What makes this such an interesting new chapter in Star Wars lore is that, following Disney's establishment of the definitive canon (which was limited to the movies and the Clone Wars TV series), most new Star Wars media has explored the gaps between the movies, especially New Hope and Force Awakens. This new comic is getting into some unexplored territory in the timeline, stretching back even before The Phantom Menace.
But the danger of exploring Yoda's past is messing with the magic of Yoda himself. After the insane nerd backlash against the weird appearance of Yoda's puppet in Phantom Menace and Harry Plinkett's poignant juxtaposition of Yoda's words to Luke in Dagobah vs. Lucas' description of the prequels, anyone touching Yoda's character runs the risk of becoming a fan pariah. According to Aaron, however, the Yoda in the upcoming comic won't stray too far from the beloved image we know from Dagobah:
He's still the Yoda we know. This is a bit of a different time period for him. This is not post-Phantom Menace, this is not in the new rise of the Sith and the beginning of the Clone Wars, so hopefully his attitude seems a little bit different. I'm always struck, when you go back and watch Empire, by just how funny Yoda is, and how he messes with Luke a lot when they first meet. I like that playfulness to Yoda. So I'm trying to find a balance between the wise, serious Jedi Master and that sort of sense of playfulness.
It sounds like a more balanced vision of Yoda, but we'll have to see how it all plays out in December, when Star Wars #26 comes out.