by Michael DeLaney
This article containers SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk.
“There’s no time to lose!” is a line you’ve probably heard in more movies than you can count. I can’t recall a situation in recent memory that applies this idea better than Star Wars 44.
The Rebels are as desperate as ever so they enlist everyone’s favorite trap enthusiast Admiral Ackbar to negotiate a new alliance with his people, the Mon Calamari. An Imperial garrison interrupts the secret meeting, but Leia refuses to let mortal danger postpone this very important rendezvous.
Our Rebel heroes are very nonchalant about the arrival of some stormtroopers — they do deal with these kinds of threats frequently, after all. Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca use that idea and apply it to the philosophy of the issue: death may come at any minute so you have no choice but to act immediately.
Leia continues to make her plea to Mon Calamari Grand Admiral Urtya amid oncoming blaster fire and the occasional exploding ship. She fires off a shot at the enemy, followed by a trail of gun smoke — punctuating one thought so she can move on to the next one.
Leia acknowledges how the galaxy is a different place post-Death Star. In terms of recent world history, you could go for the obvious comparison of 9/11. If we’re looking for a tragic comparison however, the debate on gun control in light of the many mass shootings might be more appropriate.
You could easily replace the names of worlds destroyed by the Death Star with towns or schools that have been affected by mass shootings: Las Vegas, Stoneman Douglas High School, Sandy Hook etc. Both Leia and the student survivors of Stoneman Douglas are calling for action now, because another spent waiting to act could be another life/world lost.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?