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Dork Side of the Force makes the case for comic series about Qui-Gon and Padmé


“Many Star Wars characters have had their stories told through Marvel one-off issues or miniseries. Here are five more who should also get their own comic series. […]

5. Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon Jinn gets overlooked a lot, probably because he only appeared on-screen in one Star Wars film (The Phantom Menace) and then again briefly as a vision in The Clone Wars. But that’s a flimsy reason. This character has so much potential for great stories, primarily for the reason that he is a dark horse within the Jedi Order. He consistently defies the Jedi Council’s orders, and not just in the matter of training Anakin Skywalker. His apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, even makes the comment in The Phantom Menace that if Qui-Gon would just conform, he would have a seat on the Council himself, an admonishment which implies that Qui-Gon has disobeyed the Council more than once.

We see proof that Qui-Gon is an unorthodox Jedi in The Phantom Menace, but we still don’t know why he turned out this way. What events shaped his point of view? Why does he believe so strongly in the prophecy of the Chosen One? These are questions which could be easily and effectively answered in a comic series.

4. Padme Amidala

Another character who has not received her due in Star Wars stories recently is Padme Amidala. Padme’s life, her career, thoughts and emotions just beg to be revealed in a comic series. There are so many potential stories to explore: What led her to run for the office of Queen of Naboo and later, that world’s senator; her adventures in the ten-year span between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones; how she feels about keeping her marriage to Anakin Skywalker a secret; and her contribution to what would eventually become the Rebel Alliance, as glimpsed in a deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith. Plus, part and parcel of Padme’s story are her handmaidens, which many Star Wars fans (including myself) are dying to learn more about. A miniseries or one-off could easily tell the handmaidens’ stories, as well.

From a visual standpoint, a comic is the perfect medium for a story about Padme. One of the things I love about Padme is her costumes. They are all lavish and immaculately tailored, and they each tell a story. With the right artist, a Padme comic series could be just as luscious to look at as to read.

All in all, the lack of Padme stories is something Lucasfilm needs to remedy. They can start that process by commissioning her a comic series from Marvel.”

Read the full article at Dork Side of the Force.

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