Marvel’s most recent issue of Star Wars foreshadows the arrogance that would lead to Luke Skywalker’s greatest failure in The Last Jedi.
Warning! Spoilers for Star Wars # 15 go ahead!
Marvel Star Wars comics are laying the groundwork for Luke Skywalkerhistory of The last jedi, where he has gone into exile after failing to train a new generation of Jedi. Current comics take place between The Empire Strikes Back Y Return of the Jedi, when Luke is too preoccupied with rescuing his friend Han Solo and discovering the truth about his father to care about training future Jedi. But he is already showing a certain arrogance that will come back to haunt him.
In The last jediRey travels to the planet Ahch-To, where Luke has gone to die in self-imposed exile. After attempting to establish a new school for Jedi, Luke faces bitter defeat when his nephew Ben turns to the dark side of the Force and destroys the temple, killing Luke’s students. While talking to Rey about this dark moment in his life, Luke says that he believed his own legend and had no doubts that he could revive the Jedi Order. “Because I was Luke Skywalker. Jedi Master. A legend, “he says. He was the legendary warrior who brought down the first Death Star, saved the Rebellion, and was present at the death of both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. How could he fail in his new endeavor?
Readers see the seeds of Luke’s arrogance planted in Star Wars # 15 by Charles Soule, Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Clayton Cowles. While the Rebel leaders are under attack by Imperial Star Destroyers on the planet Ab Dalis, Luke joins the Starlight Squad of X-Wing fighters to organize a rescue operation. The rebels devise a desperate plan to destroy the Star Destroyer, one that involves shooting at the planet to blow up a volcano. A fighter is required to fire a one-in-a-million shot like the one that destroyed the Death Star, and everyone agrees that Luke is the one to do it. Confident that he can repeat his success, Luke is shocked when he fails to achieve his goal. He’s determined to turn around and give it another pass, but another driver swoops in and hits the target, saving the day. Luke is not happy at first, yelling “That was my chance, Mattin!“He calms down when someone points at him”It doesn’t matter who hit the damn target. We got it right.“
If Luke had taken the time to reflect on this incident, perhaps he could have avoided so much pain and death that would follow him into his later years. He shows a kind of arrogance that is seen in his father Anakin, who believed that by being the so-called “Chosen One” he could always save the day. Unfortunately, Luke believes too much in his own exaggeration and risks jeopardizing the mission and the Rebellion because he believes he is unstoppable. While tragedy is avoided in this case, he is not so lucky later on.
The Star Wars The comics have done a good job of taking elements from the newer movies and planting them in the original Trilogy time period. Characters, planets and concepts from sequel movies and the indie Star Wars history all the movies have appeared, creating a tighter and more consistent narrative. By establishing this arrogant aspect of Luke Skywalkercharacter, strengthens your bow and makes your final destination in The last jedi a natural progression of your journey.
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