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New Star Wars land at Disney getting its own comic book

In a first for Disney, an identical Star Wars land is being built in California and Orlando at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Florida version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens Aug. 29. Artist rendering courtesy Walt Disney World
Published Apr. 23

A new comic book series from Marvel will lay the groundwork for the Star Wars-themed land opening at Disney theme parks this year. The series puts the park's food and gift shops into the universe of Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Wednesday, Marvel Comics will release the first of five comic books in its Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge series. The story reunites Chewie and Han in their early years as they visit the planet Batuu, the shady smugglers' planet and basis for the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land. Identical 14-acre lands are launching at Disneyland in California on May 31 and at Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando on Aug. 29.

Early on, Disney designers decided to develop an entirely new planet for the land, not recreate a known movie locale like Tatooine or Hoth. It puts the fans on equal footing.

PREVIOUSLY: Here's everything we know so far about the Star Wars land coming to Disney World.

Some previews of the comic book show a scene set in Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, in which a character says, "I have been told you can procure the unprocurable. That you have acquired the greatest collection of rare relics in the known galaxy."

Well, what do we have here? Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities is the exact name of one of the gift shops that is coming to the Disney theme parks.

In another scene set in the Black Spire Outpost, a robot waiter asks, "Can I interest you in a juicy Ronto Wrap? Best in the quadrant."

No surprise: You can buy Ronto Wraps when the park opens, served with a side of Meiloorun Juice, at the Ronto Roasters restaurant, where meats will be spit roasted over a former podracer engine. The Ronto Wrap is described on the Disney parks blog as a sandwich filled with Portuguese sausage and roasted pork and topped with cabbage slaw, all in a grilled pita. It's finished with a spicy "clutch sauce," named for Darth Vader's Force grip, which activates on the sides of your throat.

"Readers of the five-issue miniseries will be the first to meet the infamous Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian collector of rare antiquities, and find out what happens when the First Order reaches the edge of wild space," according to the comic book description from starwars.com. "The key to saving this lawless outpost might just involve a job pulled long ago by none other than Han Solo and his cohort Chewbacca."

At a recent fan gathering in Chicago, Lucasfilm Story Group's Matt Martin said the Galaxy's Edge series will explore the smugglers' outpost and a shop containing rare items. "There is a criminal gang that is out to plot a heist for a specific object there."

The comic books are priced at $3.99 each. In November, a paperback by Ethan Sacks and Will Sliney, also called Galaxy's Edge, will sell for $12.99.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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