Dark Horse Comics has confirmed that a Star Wars prequel comicbook - depicting the ancient, unexplored past of a galaxy far, far away - will be hitting store shelves next year.
"Dawn of the Jedi" is expected to establish the origin of the Jedi Order in the distant past, before the invention of the light-saber, when the connection to the force was still a new, untested thing, and the galaxy was still mostly unexplored.
The line is slated to launch as a #0 issue, which will serve as an introduction to the setting and major characters. It will be followed by issue #1 which kicks off the story.
Unfortunately, it remains unclear how far the "Dawn of the Jedi" story will extend, and how much of the comic will actually be considered top-level canon.
Here is a excerpt of the synopsis from the official press release:
"It began with the mysterious pyramid ships - the Tho Yor - scattered to the eight corners of the galaxy, and ended with the establishment of an Order that would change the universe forever.
"On the planet Tython, in the center of the galaxy, an order of warrior monks strives to maintain peace and to balance the mysterious power known as the Force. But a stranger is coming - one who will destroy both peace and balance, and open the galaxy to exploration and conquest. This is where it all begins!"
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi was created by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema - both of whom have worked on other popular Star Wars stories in the past.
Issue #0 will hit store shelves on February 1, 2012, with issue #1 is slated for February 15 , 2012.