Friday, December 11, 2015

Speculation Spotlight: 7 Comics To Watch When The Force Awakens

With The Force Awakens set to open in theaters across the world next week, I thought it would be fun to gather all the movie rumors that have impacted Star Wars comic sales over the past year.  Additionally, I've throw in a few ideas of my own.  A word of caution, while I have not seen the movie nor do I have any inside information concerning the movie, much of this can be construed as spoiler material.  If you don't want to be spoiled, please do not proceed with reading this.

Star Wars: Jedi - Mace Windu (February 2003)
1st comic appearance of Asajj Ventress

Star Wars: Jedi - Mace Windu

There was an early rumor that Lupita Nyong'o was going to play Asajj Ventress in The Force Awakens.  This rumor is looking unlikely as Lupita's character is now said to be the pirate Maz Kanata.  Asajj Ventress' first comic book appearance is in Star Wars: Jedi - Mace Windu.

Dark Empire II #5

The rumor of Jacen and Jaina Solo appearing in The Force Awakens is one of the earliest rumors when the movie was announced.  These twins are offspring of Princess Leia and Han Solo in the Expanded Universe and they made their comic debut, as babies, in Dark Empire II #5.  There are those who believe Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and Kylo Ren are brother and sister.  Rey's line "I'm nobody" could be her trying to throw someone off on her lineage.

Star Wars Tales #19

Another rumor is the offspring of Luke Skywalker will appear in the movie.  I have seen some rumors that say it is Rey and others say it is Kylo Ren.  I will say this, I think it is more likely that one or both of these characters are directly related to Luke than to Leia and Han.  One of the mysteries about the new movie is Luke's absence, so it makes far more sense for Luke to have abandoned his children than for Leia and Han to do so.  Star War Tales #19 contains a tale titled The Lost Lightsaber, about Luke's son, Ben Skywalker, retrieving Darth Vader's lightsaber from a group of Dark Jedi.  The story itself is an interesting parallel to the rumored story of The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Tales #23c - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (May 2005)
1st comic appearance of Darth Revan

Star Wars Tales #23

Star Wars Tales #23 contains the first comic book appearance of Darth Revan, a character that looks similar to Kylo Ren.  There are some who speculate that the name Kylo Ren is a ruse and the character in the movie played by Adam Driver is really Darth Revan.

Chewbacca #1

We have all seen the trailers for The Force Awakens.  Some viewers studied the trailers and believe Daisy Ridley's character Rey is crying over the fallen bodies of Han Solo and Chewbacca.  It would be an interesting twist for Chewbacca to be brought back from his death in the Expanded Universe book Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Vector Prime only to be killed off in this new movie.  If that is the case, Dark Horse commemorated our favorite Wookiee's life in a Chewbacca mini-series just after his death the first time around.

Star Wars: Dark Empire #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 1992)
Luke joins the Dark Side

Dark Empire #3

Luke's absence from the trailers has many fans speculating where the last Jedi might be.  Some are speculating Luke has crossed over to the Dark Side of the Force.  In Dark Empire #3, Luke Skywalker flirts with the Dark Side when he joins the resurrected Emperor Palpantine.

Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace

The bumbling duo, Tag and Bink, starred in several comics and a story in the Star Wars Tales anthology.  In the final comic, Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace, Darth Plagueis makes his first comic book appearance.  Darth Plagueis is mentioned by Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith:

Chancellor Palpatine: Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?
Anakin Skywalker: No.
Chancellor Palpatine: I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise. He could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create... life. He had such a knowledge of the Dark Side that he could even keep the ones he cared about... from dying.
Anakin Skywalker: He could actually... save people from death?
Chancellor Palpatine: The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.
Anakin Skywalker: What happened to him?
Chancellor Palpatine: He became so powerful, the only thing he was afraid of was... losing his power which, eventually of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew. And then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic. He could save others from death... but not himself.

The latest rumor says Andy Serkis' character Snoke is really Darth Plagueis.

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