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Comic fans to get early peek at Star Wars II

Comic book fans will get a get a sneak peak at the upcoming “Star Wars” film three weeks before it opens in theatres. reports that Dark Horse Comics’ adaptation of “Star Wars Episode II — Attack Of The Clones” will debut on April 24, three weeks before the film opens. The first of a four-part standard comic edition of “Clones” will hit the stands that day, with a graphic novel edition of all four issues to debut that same day.

The comic was adapted by Henry Gilroy from George Lucas and Jonathan Hales’ screenplay. Jan Duursema and Ray Kryssing did the artwork. The comics will be available in both illustrated and photographic covers.

The “Star Wars” saga will also participate in the comic-industry-wide initiative called Free Comic Book Day. On May 4, participating comic shops will offer a freebie entitled “Star Wars Tales: A Jedi’s Weapon,” which sees Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi doing battle with the nomadic thieves of Kashir, who steal Anakin’s lightsaber.

The free book was created by Henry Gilroy, Manuel Garcia and Jimmy Palmiotti.