One of the truly great things about the Star Wars comics is that we get plenty of interesting reveals, thrilling tie-ins, and answers to questions.
That was certainly the case once again recently, as Star Wars #54, released earlier this week, tied in one of the characters from Rogue One and revealed his fate.
We’re talking here, of course, about General Draven. In Rogue One, he was the General who oversaw Operation Fracture and worked with Rebel Intelligence. He was stationed on Yavin 4 during the events at Scariff (and presumably during the Battle of Yavin, too). But what happened to him after that?
The latest issue of the Star Wars comic line revealed that, so obviously if you don’t want spoilers, don’t read any further!
Sometime in-between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, the Alliance fleet was assembled at the Mako-Ta Space Docks, and Darth Vader ambushed them with his Super Star Destroyer, the Executor. Learning that the codes that had shut down the Rebel fleet were located on the Executor, Princess Leia Organa led a team consisting of General Draven and his men on a daring infiltration mission. They arrived on the Executor, but shortly thereafter so did Darth Vader (who had been piloting his TIE Advanced). General Draven orders an escape, and he and his men ensured that Organa would have enough time to do so.
In a moment very reminiscent of that Vader scene from Rogue One (you know the one I’m talking about), Vader slices a hole through the wall, and as Draven and his men fire upon the Sith Lord, Vader deflects the bullets with precision and ease. Eventually it is just Draven remaining, and he tells Vader that the Rebels had won, because they just had to slow Vader down. The Sith offers a mocking congratulations as he breaks Draven’s neck with the Force.
It’s a tragic ending for General Draven of the Rebel Alliance, but it’s at the same time heroic: he stayed behind with his men in order to allow Leia to escape. And it’s a lot more meaningful to readers since we saw Draven in action in Rogue One. He seemed a bit harsh and no-nonsense in the film, but this comic reveals that he truly was committed to the Rebel cause, even to the point of death.
Ultimately, it was heroes like General Davits Draven, who risked their lives and ultimately gave them for the cause of the Rebel Alliance, that the Empire was overthrown and peace restored to the galaxy. And it’s really cool that the Star Wars comic line is taking the opportunity to highlight some of that.