The bomb arrives on the last page. In a vignette splash, with the plane slightly chopped, a stupefied Darth Vader contemplates his wife. To his wife who died, as he told Revenge of the Sith, in childbirth, giving birth to two twins: Luke and Leia. But Padme Amidala is alive.
Since making the decision to make tabula rasa to decades and decades of content, Disney is shaping the canon of Star wars Beyond his movies. It was an extremely controversial decision and with his moments of derision, as when Kathleen Kennedy claimed that the difficulty of Star Wars was work on completely original material, without a corpus of novels behind. The forofos of Star Wars (rightly), they were thrown over, because it was Kennedy Lucasfilm who has decided to cancel dozens and dozens of novels that were canon for the Disney Star Wars travel light luggage.
But, and despite how the rush and creative fights have prevented Episode IX being the gold brooch that was expected in the new trilogy, it is hard to argue that Disney is not offering an interesting view of the Star Wars universe. For starters, he has already given at least two magnificent films with a huge consensus: Star Wars Episode VII and possibly the best film in the series, the excellent Rogue One. But it has been unmarked on television with the most fascinating piece to date that has given this eternal franchise: the wonderful The Mandalorian.
However, the great bomb, which may anticipate future revolutions, has arrived in the first issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader, written by Greg Park and drawn by Raffaele Ienco. On its page 34, the canon, as we described, jumps through the air with the resurrection of Luke’s mother. The funny thing is that it jumps through the air to restore itself.
Of the many script holes left by the construction of the Skywalker saga, none was as shocking as the contradiction between The Return of the Jedi Y Revenge of the Sith. In the first, in a very emotional scene lived in Endor, Leia delved into her mother’s memories and described her to Luke, who never met her. However, in Revenge of the Sith, Padme died when giving birth, and was buried in Naboo in one of the most beautiful sequences that the saga has given, with a beautiful traveling zenith that showed that Lucas, from time to time, still had gunpowder in his staging: the sequence ends in the dead hand of Padme, who holds the pendant Anakin Skywalker gave him when he was still a child.
It seems that this new piece of information will aim to solve such a mess. Many of the theories that already boil on the Internet suggest that perhaps this Amidala could be a clone. But from the exciting reading of the editorial that includes this first issue, signed by Marvel’s senior editor Mark Paniccia, I would be inclined to think that it will not be the case. Something as twisted as cloning would make this amazing cliffanger something abstruse, baroque and ultimately banal. A promise contained in this editorial shakes me: “We believe it will be a story for history … One that will touch the three trilogies and explore the mysteries that converged in the rise of Vader.”
This first piece is, of course, memorable. Although his best scene is not that final twist. His best scene, without a doubt, is a wonderful evocation of Darth Vader. Like Proust’s cupcake, the visit to his past causes Vader to bleed memories, and on one page the fall of his son that closes The empire strikes back with the love of his life, Padme.
We will track you.
Angel Luis Sucasas He is the narrative director of the Tequila Works video game studio and novelist on labels such as Planeta, Dolmen Editorial and Nevsky Books.