Thursday, July 27, 2017

First Appearance: SCAR Squadron

In Marvel's second Star Wars story arc, Showdown on a Smuggler's Moon, Luke Skywalker is captured by Grakkus the Hutt on Nar Shaddaa.  In Star Wars #10, Luke Skywalker is trained by the lightsaber wielding Gamemaster to fight in Grakkus' arena.  In Star Wars #11 and 12, Luke battles in the arena and just as Luke' opponent is about to kill him, the Gamemaster saves Luke.  The Gamemaster is revealed to be Sergeant Kreel, an Imperial Stormtrooper and spy, positioned in Grakkus' organization to take down the crime lord.  Kreel reports directly to Darth Vader and is known as Vader's Fist and he intends to turn Luke over to Vader, but Luke manages to escape.

Star Wars #10a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (October 2015)
1st Sergeant Kreel
The next time we see Sergeant Kreel, he is leading a squadron of Stormtroopers who are investigating the recently abandoned Sunspot Prison in the final two pages of the final issue of the Rebel Jail arc.  On the last page of Star Wars #19, Kreel is shown wielding his lit green lightsaber flanked by two uniquely outfitted Stormtroopers as Kreel exclaims "Who's ready to kill some Rebels?"

Star Wars #19a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (May 2016)
1st SCAR Squadron (2 pages - unnamed)
Special Commando Advanced Recon or SCAR Squadron are the main focus of Star Wars #21, the first issue of The Last Flight of the Harbinger arc.  Led by Sergeant Kreel, SCAR Squadron is made up of an elite group of Stormtroopers who each possess unique skills, armor, and weapons.  In issue #21, the squadron is sent to the Ghost Moon to take down a band of Rebels and the issue is told from the Kreel's point of view and highlights the talents of the individual members of the squadron.

Star Wars #21a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (July 2016)
1st full SCAR Squadron
The Jorge Molina variant cover for Star Wars #23 is the first cover appearance of SCAR Squadron.  This cover was initially released in a 1:25 ratio.

Star Wars #23c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (September 2016)
1st SCAR Squadron cover
SCAR Squadron will be making an appearance in Star Wars #37.

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