by Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
There are a lot of upsetting things that happen in The Empire Strikes Back: the Rebellion loses its primary base,Han is frozen in carbonite, and Luke finds out Darth Vader is his father. For all that, the perhaps the most disturbing part of the movie happens early on when Leia kisses Luke on the mouth in an act that borders on incest. That Leia and Luke didn’t know they were siblings when this happens doesn’t make the kiss any less disturbing, but you have to wonder why Leia even thought about it in the first place.
Luckily, issue 33 is here to bridge that gap. Fleeing the Empire after some unknown adventure, Luke and Leia crash land on a remote island on an ocean planet (yes, single weather planets are still a thing in Star Wars). There they have to forage for food and do their best to survive until they can figure out how to get off the planet. In the meantime, the two get closer to each other than they ever have before.
Staring up at the sky on starry night, the two discuss their families and the idea of home. They connect here because, as Leia notes, they are both orphans whose guardians were killed by the Empire. This quiet moment the two are allowed to share together shows why the two just might be romantically interested in each other when the events of Empire Strikes Back begin.
Of course, the irony of the situation is that we know the two are related and this romantic moment between them is more than a little squirm inducing. Even if you don’t read this scene as two people growing closer romantically, the irony still remains. Leia says the two are orphans, which isn’t true since they share the same Lord of the Sith father. For anyone who has watched the original trilogy (which I assume is anyone reading this comic) this moment is oddly satisfying because it tells us why Luke and Leia are close while at the same time reveling in a dark twist of fate that will dominate the events of their future.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?