Wednesday, January 13, 2016

First Appearance: Aayla Secura

With the introduction of a new era in The Phantom Menace, Dark Horse Comics embraced this period where "the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic" and created several new Jedi characters to use alongside their movie counterparts in the main Star Wars (1998) title.  The first several years of that title are especially fruitful as Dark Horse introduces: A'Sharad Hett - a male Human Jedi Knight that is raised among the Tusken Raiders on Tatooine and will eventually terrorize the galaxy as Darth Krayt a few generations later in the Star Wars: Legacy title; Quinlan Vos - a male Jedi Knight that carefully treads close to the Dark Side and will, more or less, become the main character in many of the stories told in the Star Wars title and later the Star Wars: Republic title; and Aayla Secura - the blue female Twi'lek Jedi apprentice of Quinlan Vos and another recurring character in the Star Wars and Star Wars: Republic titles.

The first appearance of Aayla Secura is in Star Wars (1998) #19.

Star Wars #19a (June 2000)
1st appearance of Aayla Secura
Aayla Secura is the only Star Wars character to successfully make the transition from comic books to the big screen.  George Lucas liked the Dark Horse character and wrote her into the Attack of the Clones.  Promoted to Jedi Knight prior to the start of the Clone Wars, Aayla is one of many Jedi who fought in the Battle of Geonosis.  As a Jedi Master, she is killed by her troops carrying out Order 66 on Felucia in Revenge of the Sith.  It is only natural that Aayla Secura appears several times in the Clone Wars TV shows.  She is in two episodes of the Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) series where she is with a group of Jedi who confronted General Grievous.  Aayla is also used in several episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) series.

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