by Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
I’m of the opinion that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a giant unnecessary mess of the movie. However I also believe that Star Wars comic books do a far better job of exploring the series themes and motifs than most of the films do. Such is the case with Star Wars 39, which deals with the aftermath of the destruction the Empire delt to the planet Jedha in Rogue One.
In A New Hope, Alderaan had a “mercifully” quick end — instantly obliterated by the Death Star’s blast. Jedha, on the other hand, is dying a slow death after the Death Star used its lukewarm settings on the planet. Luke Skywalker witnesses firsthand the terrible conditions that the planet’s inhabitants live in. With little opportunity to leave their home, Kieron Gillen reminds of us similar war-torn countries we’ve seen on the evening news. Some people don’t have the option of leaving.
The issue also deals with an uneasy alliance between the Rebels and their more extreme offshoot the Partisans — remnants of Saw Gerrera’s band of extremists.
This “reaching across the aisle” can be applied to any modern political alliance, but I’d like to think of the Partisans as a the “Bernie Bro” types who still refuse to see eye to eye with other Democrats. Maybe that’s a little harsh, as the Partisans are essentially Rebel Alliance terrorists.
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