Marvel has just released the first of five comics that take us to the world of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Black Spire Outpost. The comic sets the scene in Black Spire Outpost, a place still thriving with travelers from all corners of the galaxy, including smugglers. The first scene is set in the marketplace of Black Spire Outpost and the very first panel mentions a food offering that guests will be able to “enjoy” later this summer – the Ronto Wrap. We say “enjoy” because the character that is offered the food doesn’t have a high opinion of the dish and ultimately passes on it. When you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this summer, you can find the Ronto Wrap in Ronto Roasters.
The engines of the TIE Echelon fighter can be heard in the skies over Batuu. While we don’t see any First Order troops on the ground, they are surveying Black Spire Outpost from the air, on the lookout for Resistance fighters and ready to burn the whole town down if they need to. It certainly sets the stage for what could be a tense experience in the theme park lands this summer. We last saw the TIE Echelon fighter back in March when an image leaked from the Disneyland construction site.
The rest of the comic deals with Dok Ondar, the proprietor of the Den of Antiquities. Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities will be a shop in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge where guests will be able to find a selection of mysterious and rare items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, holocrons, lightsabers, and more.
It’s in this shop that Dok Ondor is reminiscing about a job that he tasked Han Solo and Chewbacca with some time ago. Their task? Secure him a young Sarlacc for his collection. We’re then taken on the adventurous journey that ultimately leads to a successful mission. Does this mean that when we visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this summer that we’ll be able to see this young Sarlacc in Dok Ondor’s Den? If following the construction and information Disney has put out about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so far, it’s that they are trying to build a world that is true to all mediums of content. That means that the Black Spire Outpost that we visit at Disneyland or Walt Disney World will be a living, breathing space that is just as relevant when we visit as when Han Solo visited. If we had to bet, we would guess that Disney adds this young Sarlacc to the Den of Antiquities and we get to see it when we visit!
This is right about where the comic leaves off for issue #1, but we’re left with a teaser for the next issue when Dok Ondar says he’s looking for something a bit more “exotic”. The comic does go on to tell us what that item is that Dok Ondar is looking for, but we’ll leave that to the next installment of our breakdown of Marvel’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge comic series.
If you get a chance to pick up this issue, we can say that while it’s not overly heavy on Black Spire Outpost visuals, it definitely has us excited to experience the world where these characters walked this summer!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st at Disneyland and August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For a look at the construction, check out our flyover of the landwhere we cover every square foot of Batuu.