Supreme Leader Snoke was an enigma from his holographic introduction in The Force Awakens to his reduce-off ending in The Final Jedi. Even though Star Wars has created very good on the fantastic unknowns teased all through the major-screen trilogies, be it in later episodes of the Expanded Universe, Snoke may well be a character who goes to the grave with the most unanswered concerns. Who was his master? How did he grow to be “supreme leader” of the Very first Order? What inside know-how did he hold more than Ben Solo to lure him to the dark side?
December’s The Rise of Skywalker could have a handful of answers, but with Emperor Palpatine cackling in the shadows, there could be larger fish (“there’s generally a larger fish…”) for Rey to fry.
Fortunately, there’s Marvel’s new run of Age of Resistance comic books, which spotlight critical character moments in the run up to writer-director J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX. Age of Resistance – Supreme Leader Snoke #1 hit shelves nowadays, and whilst it is not a brisk walkthrough of how Mr. Snoke arrived to his position of energy — has writer Bryan Young sizes up in the book’s essay, “all of [the burning questions] are a mystery. Possibly they generally will be.” — it is a crackling study from writer Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk, 1 that provides us glimpse of his early days instruction Kylo Ren, and a pivotal moment that worthy of the Star Wars history books.
[Ed. note: the following contains spoilers for Age of Resistance – Supreme Leader Snoke #1]
Supreme Leader Snoke #1 requires us back ahead of the events of The Force Awakens, and finds Snoke grilling his boy Kylo for becoming filled with emotion. Challenging to blame him: The Dark Side drill sergeant’s procedures consist of hovering Kylo more than a cliff and dropping him on to a bed of spikes. But Snoke fans the fire of Kylo’s worry. He desires him to be confused, lash out. He desires him to harbor rage, so he can mold it into an attack. It is anything Jedi are told not to do.
“Anger, worry, aggression — the dark side are they,” Yoda stated in Return of the Jedi. “Once you commence down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny.” Snoke can only hope.
The battered apprentice clings to his mask, which Snoke sees as his ultimate weakness. Darth Vader was the previous. The Very first Order is the future. Most likely recognizing Anakin was at some point turned back to the light, this agile version of Snoke hopes to kick Kylo’s fanboy habit.
Supreme Leader Snoke #1 is a slow ascent to some Star Wars-worthy substance that will not infringe or spoil on what ever Abrams is cooking up for Rise of the Skywalker, but the 1-off finds footing in a moment that evokes each early Kylo and the 1 we left off with in The Final Jedi.
How Snoke knew about Dagobah’s “Cave of Evil,” utilised by Yoda in Empire Strikes Back to assistance Luke Skywalker “confront” Darth Vader, is 1 of the mysteries we do not count on answers to, but he and Kylo wind up on the foggy planet for their personal vision quest. In the cave, Ben Solo comes toe to toe with his personal adversary: Luke Skywalker.
“Strike,” Snoke commands.
The inverse of Yoda’s spiritual journey is an abusive struggle, and 1 Kylo can not shake. His clash with the metaphysical kind of his mentor leads him deeper and deeper into the numbing fold of the Dark Side, and Snoke is there for each swing of the saber, whispering corrosive suggestions in his apprentice’s ear.
Kylo discovers a handful of far more familiar faces in the cave, but that is much better left for readers to find out. Just know that when the fight is all more than, Kylo’s force powers are no match for the Dagobah’s self-reflecting hole in the ground. The entire factor frickin’ explodes.
“That cave had stood for thousands of years,” Snoke says. “I hoped to bring other apprentices to it.”
“You will not have to have other apprentices,” Kylo fires back. We know this to be accurate. Nor will Kylo, if the finish of The Final Jedi — and the finish of the Cave of Evil — is any indication.
Subsequent for the Age of Resistance roll out: Rose Tico #1 and Rey #1 on Sept. 18, then Kylo Ren #1 on Sept. 25.