Journey to The Force Awakens videos

When Force Friday arrived earlier this month, along with the barrage of toys, shirts and other junk for collectors to throw on shelves, there were also new books. There’s a whole batch of stories that have been written as part of a publishing initiative called Journey to The Force Awakens, filling in the gaps between Return of the Jedi and the new sequel arriving this winter.

Now two of those books have been given animated comic book adaptations. Sadly, it’s not the longer novels being given this treatment, but rather the kids’ books titles Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure and The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure. Watch the animated adaptations of the Journey to the Force Awakens books below!

Here’s the two Journey to The Force Awakens videos (via MakingStarWars.net):

Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain.

Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion.

The Luke Skywalker story has some interesting story beats, including Luke going in search of an abandoned Jedi temple. That sounds like it could have some ties to what he’s doing in The Force Awakens. Maybe he’s been looking for something for the 30 years since Return of the Jedi.

One of the more intriguing parts includes the role of Sarco Plank, a new character we’ve heard about previously, who helps Luke in this particular story. However, the narrator, a female Devaronian, knows him as The Scavenger, and it appears that he may have ulterior motives for helping Luke.

Meanwhile, the Han Solo adventure doesn’t really seem to offer much hints as to what will be coming for the smuggle and his partner Chewbacca. They get involved in some kind of imperial trouble, but what plays out is more like a small action scene from a larger story, where as the Luke story feels slightly more complete, concluding with a cliffhanger.

If after watching these videos you want to buy Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure or The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure for you or your kids, you can buy them by clicking each title and picking them up at Amazon for just under $9 right now.

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