Young Luke Skywalker Comic from Korea Debuts in English on LINE Webtoon
It's a great time to be a fan of Star Wars and comic books. Not only is there a host of great titles being published by Marvel, but now the galaxy far, far away is expanding into international webcomics with a new digital series that aims to show the events of the Original Trilogy through the point of view of farm boy turned galactic hero, Luke Skywalker.
The web series, simply titled Star Wars, launches today for American audiences on LINE Webtoon, a popular portal for webcomics operated by Korean Internet company NAVER.
Written and illustrated by renowned Korean cartoonist Hong Jac-Ga, the series starts off strong, showing vignettes of Luke's life as a farmboy on the backwater dustball of Tattooine. It manages to hit all the beats you'd expect --- T-16 races, womp rats, sand storms, Krayt dragons --- while retaining a soft, breezy quality that can't help but charm. There's a scene with Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru and Luke that is especially touching, expanding on their relationship in the film while still giving them a depth that was only hinted at in the films.
Judging by the key art, there's a lot more in store, with Jac-Ga showing Luke's side of the events of A New Hope. It looks to be an interesting take on a film that has been interpreted in multiple ways, and Jac-Ga's light touch with narration and dialogue, and his gift for acting and characters definitely piques interest.
The comic, presented in an easy-to-read, scroll-based format, updates every Thursday and Sunday on LINE Webtoon for free. Or, you can read it on their apps, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
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