The single biggest mystery in Star Wars canon — besides what Obi-Wan did while he was Tattooine — is Yoda’s journey to becoming the Master Jedi we know him to be today.
Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars series is going to shed some light into Yoda’s past. Written by Jason Aaron and and drawn Darth Vader’s Salvador Larocca, the issue will not only be Luke’s first (technically) true encounter with Yoda, but it will explore a period of Yoda’s backstory rarely explored.
According to Aaron, it’s a chance to explore Yoda not as a warrior or teacher, but simply a Jedi amongst many:
I don’t know if we’ve put a pin in exactly when it takes place. It does take place before Phantom Menace. We do get a brief appearance by Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan, so that’ll probably help date it.
… This story takes place before the Clone Wars and it’s set in a world we’ve never seen before. I was always just intrigued by that idea. You know, we’ve seen Yoda as the teacher, as the wise Jedi Master, but I wanted to see Yoda just as the Jedi. So this puts him on a very unusual adventure. The other big challenge with Yoda, of course, is finding something that’s a challenge for him, right? Who can pose a threat to Yoda? I think we came up with an interesting answer to that question. That’s part of the mystery of this story. There’s a very specific reason that this is going to be quite the challenge for Yoda. It’s not a matter of just him being the more powerful Jedi. It’s a bit trickier than that.
The story so far probably won’t go as far back as Yoda’s Padawan days, but it will definitely be set before Anakin was discovered on Tatooine. “I don’t know if we’ve put a pin in exactly when it takes place,” Aaron told StarWars.com. “It does take place before Phantom Menace. We do get a brief appearance by Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan, so that’ll probably help date it.”
While we aren’t going too far back into the Star Wars history, it’ll be fun to watch the Jedi Master of Masters at work. It’ll probably be just as a awesome as seeing Yoda in a lightsaber battle for the first time. Remember that?
To read more of Jason Aaron‘s exclusive interview with StarWars.com, click here.