The final issue of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation was released this month, and it wrapped up a terrific six issue comic adaptation of the film, written by Gary Whitta and illustrated by Michael Walsh.
Many of the ‘new’ elements of the book focused on the character of Luke Skywalker, which was a good decision. For instance, the comics added a detail that I absolutely love about Luke’s reaction to hearing about Han Solo’s death. But the comics also detail for us what was going on inside Luke’s head as he became one with the Force.
Gary Whitta actually tweeted out the page, which he said was his favorite in the book:
As Luke Skywalker stares off into the twin suns of the Ahch-To skyline, he sees his entire story flow together. His thoughts read, “And so it ends as it begins. By the light of two suns. Before stepping into a larger world.”
I love that so much.
It ties everything about Luke together. In A New Hope, Luke Skywalker was a young farm boy, looking off into the twin suns of the Tatooine sky right before everything in his world changed, being thrust into this Rebellion and on the path to becoming a Jedi. In The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker is an old Jedi Master, looking off into the twin suns of the Ahch-To sky right before everything in his world changed, being thrust into the realm of the Force and becoming more powerful than we could possibly imagine. As George Lucas would say, “It’s like poetry. They rhyme.”
But even earlier in the comic adaptation, there’s another connection to Luke’s past – this time, one that shows that Luke has truly learned his lesson from Ben Kenobi. When Luke appears to talk with Leia, the comic adds this:
Luke tells Leia that, “This isn’t the end. Just the beginning of something new.” Leia responds that, “We can’t win this fight,” but Luke’s response to that is just perfect: “No. But there are alternatives to fighting.”
If you remember, that’s the exact same thing that Ben Kenobi said on board the Millennium Falcon in A New Hope, as he along with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the droids were sucked in to the Death Star via tractor beam. “But there are alternatives to fighting.” Here, thirty years later, is Ben’s last pupil saying the exact same thing.
Once again, it’s like poetry. Ben Kenobi had spent years in exile, and then said that line right before his heroic final act to allow his allies to escape. Luke Skywalker, likewise, had spent years in exile, and then said that line right before his heroic final act to allow his allies to escape. It’s another beautiful touch that the comic was able to add to Luke Skywalker, and I love it.