Head on over to StarWars.com for words by author Charles Soule and artist Will Sliney on the design of the character named Ren from the debut issue of Marvel’s The Rise of Kylo Ren comic mini-series. Issue #1 arrived on newsstands yesterday and the second issue (coming January 15) was previewed in this post.
“I wanted him to read like a charming Darth Vader,” says writer Charles Soule. “A Vader who is charismatic and who is appealing. That’s why [Ren’s] skin is burned and he sort of looks the way that he does. He’s embracing the seductiveness and the damage that the dark side does. Darth Vader, as impressive and imposing and terrifying as he is, is remote and cold and distant because he has the suit surrounding him. Whereas Ren isn’t hiding behind it. He’s someone you could have a beer with, in theory.”
Readers will also witness a younger version of Snoke who is vastly different from the character depicted on-screen during the events of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
The story also calls for the re-introduction of a younger, seemingly kinder Snoke, wearing a little cap, no less. When we meet him in the series, the future Supreme Leader of the First Order is essentially a gardener. “When we were in the design process, Snoke is someone that you know is going to defy expectations and it’s not going to be the Snoke that you know,” Sliney says. “And it’s important because we’re going to see a very, very different relationship that Snoke and Ben have. It establishes that this is not the Snoke that’s going to Force-choke Hux and slam him into the ground. He’s playing the long game…so it was important to portray Snoke differently.”
Soule and Sliney go on to talk about the different sources they referred to for inspiration in writing/designing these characters, so click here for the full read.