Luke Skywalker is the original protagonist of the Star Wars franchise. He is a significant pillar of the galaxy far, far away. Luke’s journey from a simple farm boy to a Jedi Knight who was the Son of Skywalker drew millions in.
The fact that he went on to be the hope that triumphed over darkness and even saved his father’s soul entranced many. He is forced to confront his fears and undergo a challenging path to complete his training during his journey. No other Jedi has undergone such hardcore training. Now, in the movie, we have seen the critical moments of Luke’s growth as a powerful Jedi. But that wasn’t enough for fans. This gave rise to ancillary material that filled in the gaps. To accomplish this, Lucasfilm heavily used the comic book medium.
Luke Skywalker’s Journey In Comics
The mainline Star Wars comics by Marvel comics has long centered on the escapades of the main trilogy heroes. In 2015, the Star Wars line that began after A New Hope ended after 75 issues with the Rebellion’s Echo Base on Hoth. Star Wars fans know that The Empire Strikes Back is a movie that neglected its protagonists, especially Luke. The 2020 Star Wars comic line goes deeper into Luke Skywalker’s feelings and thoughts after his defeat on Cloud City.
It poses whether he wanted to go forward with the Jedi path or not. As we all know by now, ultimately, the Skywalker chooses the Jedi path and continues his journey on his own. In The War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries, he was forced to deviate from his pursuits. However, since his adventures with Crimson Dawn and Han Solo are over, Luke has returned to Jedi business. In this new arc, he can be seen traveling all across the galaxy to several Jedi locations. This includes some instantly recognizable ones that fans will surely love to visit.
Luke Skywalker On Lothal and Ilum
In a preview shared on the official Star Wars website, Luke Skywalker with R2-D2 can be seen traveling to Lothal in issue 19 of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars (2020). Along the way, the future Jedi Master also stops on Ilum. We see that the Empire is constructing what will eventually become the Starkiller Base.
Lothal has been a pretty iconic location in the Star Wars franchise. This location was first seen in Star Wars Rebels. Now, Lothal is the homeworld of one famous Ezra Bridger.
He is just a couple of days older than Luke as far as age. The animated Star Wars Rebels series put a lot of emphasis on Ezra’s deep bond with the planet.
This culminated in the Jedi finally rescuing the people from the Empire’s control. After this, Ezra went missing with Grand Admiral Thrawn. What made Luke’s visit a fantastic treat for the Rebels fans was the nod to the events in season 4.
Luke And Ezra Are On The Same Place
However, the hero didn’t have any knowledge of what happened. In season 4 of the animated show, Kanan Jarrus and Ezra opened the Jedi temple on Lothal several times. This is similar to what Luke tries to do in the comic issues. But for him, the temple might never return. After Kanan’s death, Ezra is helped and guided by a Lothwolf to the temple. There the Empire is excavating the site.
Eventually, Ezra can enter the World Between Worlds. He saves Ahsoka Tano but unfortunately learns that he has to let go of his master forever. The temple starts to collapse just as Ezra exits that World. When he wakes up, he finds that everything is gone. So he bids final goodbye to Kanan. Luke is standing where Ezra, as well as the Imperial excavation team, was.
However, the temple has sealed itself and is now on Lothal’s surface. Luke has no idea about the World Between Worlds right now, and the comic does present very intriguing possibilities for what he could learn if he is someday able to access the space existing within the Force. Also, this pit-stop Ilum is a nice tie to the Jedi: Fallen Order video game. Fans will know that this is the first canon material to show the devastation caused by the Empire on the sacred Jedi world.
It was once where the Jedi went to get kyber crystals for their lightsabers. But over time, after the collapse of the Empire, Ilum was taken over by the Imperial forces. It was also subsequently occupied by the First Order under Starkiller Base. Now that Luke is there, it has opened the door for stories told in the years before The Force Awakens.
Maybe even when Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is on the road trying to snuff out the evil brewing in the galaxy, to know more, you need to check out Star Wars #19 on December 8.
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