Star Wars comic

Most Star Wars discussion is still centered on the newly-released Solo: A Star Wars Story, but let’s take a minute to turn our attention back to the Star War before that – Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. A new comic adaptation of that film has revealed the canonical final words of fan-favorite character Admiral Ackbar, and also shed some additional light on General Leia Organa’s controversial Force-aided flight as she floated through space wreckage. 

Admiral Ackbar’s Last Words

Marvel Comics is in the process of releasing episodic comic adaptations of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and in the second issue (via ScreenRant), some new information has come to light. The comic adaptation features the scene in which Kylo Ren/Ben Solo’s minions blast the Resistance ship carrying General Leia and Admiral “It’s a trap!” Ackbar. In the movie, Ackbar dies on the bridge of that ship without much fanfare.

This was just fine by me, since I was never emotionally or intellectually invested in Ackbar as a character, and because the death of a character from the original trilogy fit with the film’s larger theme about letting the past die. But apparently people were upset by this and took it as a slight against “the hero of the Battle of Endor.” If you felt this way, you can finally get a good night’s sleep with the knowledge of Ackbar’s last words, courtesy of writer Gary Whitta. Behold:

Ackbar Death

Cool.

Hopefully this canonical entry into the Star Wars universe gives fans the closure they were searching for.

Leia’s Force Flight

I love The Last Jedi, but one moment that made me raise an eyebrow came immediately after that explosion, when we see Leia (Carrie Fisher) floating among space wreckage and seemingly dead. Suddenly, she opens her eyes and flies forward, using the Force to traverse empty space and return to the ship. It was a moment that sort of came out of nowhere in the movie, but the comic adaptation lets us hear her internal thoughts and provides a little more context for how it happened:

Leia Force Flight

On the brink of death, Leia looked into the Force, saw a vision of her future, and determined that it was not her time to die yet. That’s pretty badass. Star Wars movies don’t really feature internal narration like this, but I wish this information could have been imparted just a little bit clearer in the movie.

The question now is: what did she see in that vision? Was it something specific – a particular task she had yet to complete? Or more generic, just letting her know she still had more work to do with the Resistance before her time runs out? Maybe we’ll learn the answer in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode 9.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on Netflix on June 26, 2018.

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