A wild new rumor suggests Disney will fix a lot of the problems with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They plan to do this with a brand new graphic novel co-authored by director Rian Johnson that will take place in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
The rumor first appeared on Cosmic Book News.
Since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilms many Star Wars stories/novels have become non-canon. While this was necessary to forge a new and fresh direction in regards to the slate of their new Star Wars related films, this separation has had its collateral damage. Many readers now have come to see a diminished value in Star Wars books, past and future installments, believing the current films to be the only truly important vehicle that drives the new Star Wars narrative. In recent years, the Star Wars brand has sold millions of books; and Disney has no intention of losing this portion of Star Wars branding to oblivion. Now the plan is to use past [novel] entries –much like Marvel [Studios] uses their old comic story archives and characters for their cinematic universe — and blend them with fresh ideas to create a new story arc, using the books and films to tell this overarching narrative.
The source then indicates the upcoming graphic novel will focus on the following plot points:
● In the meeting to discuss Poe’s discipline after he disobeyed orders to stand down, Admiral Holdo initially stands up for Poe but is told by Leia that he has to learn to trust and respect his superiors and their orders, claiming that he required a hard hand approach. She contends there is no place for a ‘fly boy’ within their ranks. Holdo ultimately adopts Leia’s mindset on the situation.
● In the aftermath of the costly bombing run, Admiral Ackbar advises other far off commanders of Resistance forces that the First Order may be placing a trap to rally distant Resistance forces to their location, and that the commanders should consider carefully before coming to the aid of the Raddus.
● The First Order, strategically, do not outright destroy the Raddus in efforts to draw out additional Resistance fleets, desiring to centralize the battle and finally crush the Resistance entirely. They figure a distress call from their General’s vessel will rally their forces.
● Aboard the Raddus, whispers of a traitor or spy prompts suspicions and anxiety. Finn is even proposed as a potential mole. Some at least figure he is terrified of being recaptured by the First Order and may flee or bargain to save his own life. Poe is aware of the canard, and partially induces his decision to send Finn away on the reconnaissance mission, with hopes this might move Admiral Holdo to be more forthcoming about her plan.
● There is a method to Luke’s apparent madness. With Rey, Luke tries not to live up to the potential legends, fables and expectancy that surrounds his famed identity. He intends to undo the romanticized image of the Jedi, which had become a sort of idolatry, where many imagine them to be infallible and beyond rebuke. This is also the case when Luke recieves the Lightsaber from Rey and tosses it aside. When Luke touches the Lightsaber, he comes to see its eventual destruction.
● While aboard the Supremacy, DJ sabotages the ship’s shields. Saving this fact though, DJ has no plans of being aboard the vessel when it comes under attack, and figuring Finn and Rose as expendable soldiers of their own war, he double-crosses them to secure his own escape. (There is a deleted scene from the film that suggests this is the case as well)
The source also says the graphic novel will explore the following:
● Exploration of the character DJ and background
● Broad revelations about Snoke and his back story
● Exposition of Ben Solo’s past, his eventual encounter with Snoke, his turn to the dark side, and his exploits with the Knights of Ren
● Elucidate on Leia’s apparent force abilities
● Exposition of Luke’s time before and on Ahch-To and major revelations about the Jedi Master
● Within the narrative, the “Force” and its essence is likened to that a woman, and a force – user’s relationship to it, as one of two associations with a woman. The Sith behold a lover; and the Jedi, a mother.
● Explication of force-sensitives and their distinction from force-users
This seems like quite a bit of information to pack into a single graphic novel. If this is true, it’s more than likely it would be broken up into multiple books.
It’s more than likely it would be done through Marvel Comics. They’ve done Star Wars tie-ins before. They explained how Phasma escaped Starkiller Base in a pretty good Captain Phasma mini-series and they also did a lead in to The Force Awakens that explored the events following the Battle of Endor with Shattered Empire. There is also an ongoing Poe Dameron book. They’ve also adapted both The Force Awakens and Rogue One which provided extra details not seen in the films. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that some of these ideas might be incorporated into the adaptation of The Last Jedi.
Would you want to see these plot points further explored or are you happy with Star Wars: The Last Jedi?