From the moment Star Wars Visions season #1 dropped on Netflix the non-canon animated anthology series has been a hit for Star Wars fans. So much so that we’ve had spin-off novels (Ronin), new one-shot comic books, and collectibles released over and over and over again to capitalize on the show’s success and unique format.
And there’s much more to come. Just yesterday anime and manga giant, Viz Media, announced that they will be releasing a manga adaptation of four episodes from the first season of Star Wars: Visions in May 2024.
Here’s the publisher’s description provided on the Barnes and Noble pre-order page:
Celebrate the mythos of Star Wars with this manga adaptation of the hit Disney+ series Star Wars: Visions!
The first series of Star Wars: Visions invited visionary Japanese anime studios to explore the Star Wars galaxy through their unique cultural lens. Now, top manga creators such as Kamome Shirahama and Yusuke Osawa bring those visions to life in manga form! Featuring the episodes: “The Elder,” “Lop and Ocho,” “The Ninth Jedi,” and “The Twins.”
First off, obviously, this cover is for a Japanese version of the adaptation. Just know that there will also be an English version of the Star Wars: Visions manga made available for English speakers.
Also, it’s nice to see that they are not adapting “The Duel”, featuring Ronin by Takashi Okazaki. While that is my favorite Visions story to date, it’s already received spin off comics and a novel, I’m happy to see that Viz Media is going to highlight some of the other great stories told in Visions.
This is not the only Star Wars: Visions content coming our way either. In November 2023, we will be getting a brand new, also non-canon, story from writer and artist Peach Momoko titled. Star Wars Visions – Peach Momoko #1 from Marvel. You can see all of the details, dates, and variants here on the 2023 Star Wars one-shot comics variant checklist.
And then in January 2024, there will be another Ronin spinoff by writer and artist Takashi Okazaki for Marvel Comics called Star Wars: Visions – Takashi Okazaki #1. Here’s the announcement from last month with the details we know.
It will be interesting to see how many creators get their own Visions story after Okazaki and Momoko. My guess is that we’ll get at least a few more. Similar to how the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi comics were released in 2023.
I’m a big fan of the Star Wars: Visions format. Let creative storytellers tell their Star Wars story without the constraints that come with having a canon timeline. And who knows, it’s not outside of the realm of possibility that a canon version of the characters gets created in time.
Hope all is well friends!
Grand Admiral Babu