The tyrannical First Order is hot on the Resistance’s tail – Supreme Leader Snoke has discovered a way to track Leia Organa and her crew through hyperspace. Fuel and time is running out. Finn and Rose are sent on a secret mission from Poe Dameron to the casino planet of Canto Bight, where they are to find the Master Code Breaker who will help them defeat the First Order’s tracker! PLUS: Never-before-seen scenes in the adaptation of the blockbuster film!
I don’t think it’s a secret that as a movie, I have struggled with The Last Jedi. As an Original Trilogy fan, I find it hard to relate to the Luke Skywalker we are shown now, to the one I knew. So far, Gary Whitta has done a tremendous job of putting the focus of the story onto Luke and Leia, rather than Rey, Poe and Finn. However, the further into the story these issues go, the harder this task becomes. In this issue, Whitta has had to shift the focus of the story back to the new characters and what is presented is an issue much more akin to the film.
Now of course, I would much prefer the focus to always be on Luke, but that just isn’t possible nor is it realistic. However, Whitta does an incredible job of moving the story back over to the principal character of Rey. With the connection between Rey and Kylo getting stronger, we also see the connection between Luke and Rey also increasing. Luke’s observations of Rey’s lightsaber practice, and the similarity between himself and her add to the connection that Whitta highlighted in the previous issues. As such, we see Rey beginning to struggle between Luke and Kylo. With the insight that a comic can provide, this struggle seems far more poignant than it did in the film. You sense how Luke’s walls are starting to fall apart because of this one catalyst.
The other ‘missing piece’ of Luke we see, is that Luke told the galaxy about who Darth Vader actually was. In the story, Luke regrets having ever said anything as good news spreads quickly. However, this sets up the ending of the story and how the tale of Luke against the First Order travels across the galaxy.
Whitta continues to do his fine editing of the film by removing several of the humorous pieces from the story that have caused some controversy from fans. This is not to say that there isn’t humour in the story, there is, but it is used sparingly and feels much more like Star Wars because of it.
The artwork is still quite basic, yet I don’t mean this negatively. At no point did the artwork jump out at me and make me feel underwhelmed. There is enough to the art that I my mind filled in the blanks with what I knew from the film. The art doesn’t need to be a masterpiece in a movie adaptation; it just needs to provide enough to allow the mind to do the rest.
Whitta continues to show his talent through this issue. After a superb start, it was always going to be difficult to keep Luke and Leia as the main characters in this story. Yet Whitta has laid a strong foundation with the previous issues, to help make a seamless transition to the focus being on the new characters. The insights he provides of Luke have always been (and I imagine always will be in the remaining issues) to be the highlight of the story. I hope that with the revival of Leia, Whitta will be able to move the story back to her and have a strong focus on Luke as he communes with Yoda. It’s a difficult task – make no mistake – yet Whitta has shown that he is up to the task.
The Last Jedi is a six part series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.