Dan Brooks over at StarWars.com, has been talking to Yusaku Komiyama about his Manga adaptation of ‘Lost Stars‘ by Claudia Gray.
Spoiler warning: This article discusses plot points and details from Lost Stars.
For many fans, Claudia Gray’s 2015 Young Adult novel Lost Stars remains a favorite among the works collected on their Star Wars bookshelf. It’s the story of Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree, two childhood friends who enroll in the Imperial Academy — and what happens when one defects to the Rebellion. As such, Lost Stars captures the feel of classic Star Wars, but with new complexities; in focusing on these new characters in the timeframe of the original trilogy, it shows the personal, moral, and cultural strains that result from the Empire’s tyranny, as well as the cost of fighting back.
If you love Lost Stars, or have been wanting to give it a try, there’s some very good news: Lucasfilm and Yen Press recently released a manga adaptation of Lost Stars, originally published digitally on the LINE app in Japan. Illustrated and adapted by Yusaku Komiyama, it’s beautiful. Komiyama’s art bristles with energy, from her zooming starfighters to Ciena’s laser-focused eyes. The quiet and emotional moments, however, linger with room to breathe, like Thane’s thunderbolt-struck first sight of Ciena in their younger years. As a whole, it’s an entirely new way to experience Lost Stars, and a rewarding one. StarWars.com had the chance to speak with Komiyama during a visit to Lucasfilm in San Francisco, discussing her approach to adapting Lost Stars, illustrating Thane and Ciena as well as Star Wars legends, and the unique perspectives of the book’s story. Here are five insights from the Japan-based artist and writer.
If you haven’t read ‘Lost Stars’ already, we recommend it very highly and please be aware before you click-through to StarWars.com to read the interview, it does contain spoilers.