Comic Review: ‘The Last Jedi’ Adaptation #4

Published: July 4, 2018
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Gary Whitta
Penciler: Michael Walsh
Cover Artist: Rahzzah
Cover Variant Artist: Rod Reis

The Synopsis;

AS THE PAST DIES, THE FUTURE BECKONS…REY gambles everything as she heads for a confrontation with KYLO REN and SUPREME LEADER SNOKE. As the fate of the RESISTANCE hangs in the balance, will POE DAMERON risk mutiny to take matters into his own hands? And who is the mysterious visitor coming to offer counsel to LUKE SKYWALKER? (SPOILER ALERT, its YODA!)

Review;

As the adaption of The Last Jedi continues, the harder it is for new scenes to be added. And let’s be honest, that’s why we’re reading this, for those extra parts. It’s why fans read the original Marvel adaptions, it’s why we listened to the radio dramas and it’s why as fans we delve so deeply into these films. This is easily the issue that is an almost copy of the film, and as such there isn’t a lot to say. The second half of the issue follows the movie: Finn and Rose rushing back from Canto Bight to help the Resistance; and Poe performing mutiny on the last Resistance ship. This was perhaps inevitable.

The part that really struck me though, as it always has done with this adaptation, are the scenes with Luke. Whitta is at the mercy of the movie script, and there can’t be too much deviation from it. However, Whitta is able to add choice pieces to the story that just make it seem more…. Star Wars. There is no other way to say it. When we first meet Yoda, we hhave a direct quote from The Empire Strikes Back. It is such a small thing and yet it adds so much and reminds us just how far Luke has come (or not come if you’re paying attention to Yoda’s words).

Another part that Whitta adds, is Luke slipping on a rock whilst he is fighting Rey. It is one frame, and yet one frame that explains what many fans have had an issue with; how can Rey best Luke?

Which brings us to why these scenes with Luke work better than they did in the film, to why a lot of the scenes Whitta has altered work better. The Last Jedi still divides fans who have a slew of complaints. Whitta has been able to listen to these complaints and does his best to try and placate fans with what manoeuvrability he can muster from the story. In this issue, we see Luke again finding parallels between himself and Rey. As much as this is Rey’s journey, it is also Luke’s. Whitta is showing that Luke is coming to the realisation that Rey is like his younger self: someone determined, hopeful, spirited. She is what the galaxy needs, someone like young Luke. Equally, is this a message to fans, that although Luke may be gone, that we have a character just like him? As fans, we have always seen the films through Luke, perhaps Whitta is trying to get us to do that again. It certainly feels like this extra scenes, these extra snippets of information are building to something.

With the shift in focus moving further away from Luke in each issue, I worry that these issues will suffer. However, so far Whitta has been able to add just enough to keep me entertained and wondering why certain decisions Whitta has made, were not made by the film crew. Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing but there are little Easter eggs littered in these issues that would have made a great addition to the movie. With the conclusion of the series fast approaching, I hope Whitta is still able to add these little extras that make such a powerful impact on this reader…

Availability;

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.

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Mark 'Spooked Hippie' Alders
Mark’s day job is a primary school teacher, where in his classroom you will find life size cut outs of Darth Vader and Chewbacca, trying his best to educate the youth of today in the ways of the force.