Sep 14, 2016

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 567: Star Wars Tales #8, June 2001


One of the great things about the Star Wars universe is that, through the tool of the inimitable Darth Vader, we've been given a setting in which the villains are every bit as interesting as the heroes, to the point that we're happy to read stories about them, regardless of the despicable things they do. I suppose the tale of Han Solo sets us up to recognize that perhaps, just perhaps, given the right circumstances, the rogue we're rooting for might actually become a hero.

Though, in some cases, the certainty that they won't makes the story that much better.

There's an excellent story in here about a Twi'lek who, through no fault of her own, goes through a horrendous experience while researching her dissertation. At one point she's chained to Jabba the Hutt and is cleaning slime from his body, and I thought, "Yep, that's kind of what it's like sometimes." It's nice to see Star Wars offering us metaphors not only for the big moments of an individual's development, but also for the stupid things we do to ourselves sometimes.

Onward.

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