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When starting the run, I did have a think of “What things which everyone really wants to see that we've never seen?” and this was pretty high up the list. After all, do you honestly think Darth Vader would forget being sucker-shot in the Death Star run? -- Kieron Gillen

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The Rebels have just defeated the Empire’s 20-year plan. It’s a huge blow against them, and people now know the Empire *can* be resisted… plus they have wasted huge amounts of resources. The Rebels will be resurgent, people will probably be joining them and they almost certainly have plans based upon their experience of the Death Star… but we know that by the start of “Empire,” the Rebels are being pursued hard. Something happened between the two, and that’s the story I’m telling. The Empire *had* Struck Back by the time “The Empire Strikes Back” started. -- Kieron Gillen

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Across all my Star Wars work, I've minimised the Space Battle side in favour of ground-level adventure. We've done it, but not as much as the source material. This is because, traditionally, vehicle-based action is not comics' strong point.

(At which point you'll probably be reaching for examples you think did vehicles well in comics, as is only right. You should understand that if you're you're looking for exceptions, it says a lot – and a lot of them are 100% reliant on the nature of the artist.)

So, with that on my mind, was interested in seeing Retcon Punch picking up on the issue and talking about the pros and cons of doing such things in comics. Seeing critics pick up on something which is on my mind is always gratifying, as it implies the intent is reaching the page. This also comes from some other conversations with friends, and thinking of subject-to-subject transitions rather than moment-to-moment transitions as basically being a way to get the required sense of movement with a photo-realistic artist like Salva.


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INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #26 has Tony Stark, right after getting his memory rebooted during DARK REIGN.

This scene seems to be Marvel saying "When Tony Stark is a jerk, it is because he's an alcoholic, even if he's sober at the time."

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It makes watching the movies a weird experience. Like when I was watching Rogue One, there were a couple bits I just laughed at and I was the only person in the cinema who laughed, because of course I knew what I’d been told no for something like two years ago. I initially suggested having [Voidgazer] in the Death Star gunner outfit because it’s a great outfit and using that would be really cool, and I was basically told, “No, you can’t do that. Hard no.” And of course you get to the bit when Jyn uses it as a disguise. It’s this very very minor no, but “Ohhhh, now it makes sense.” -- Kieron Gillen

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This is also weirdly a very big arc for Threepio. He’s left in charge of an important part of the plan and somehow has to power through. I described it to the Story Group as, "It’s kind of Threepio as Gary from Veep; sort of the bagman for the president." -- Kieron Gillen

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They’ve blown up the Death Star, which was literally 20 years of work from the Empire, and it’s an enormous propaganda victory. So they’re on the upswing. Jason has been touching on that a bit. By the time we see them in Empire, they’re cornered at a remote base, and they’ve been on the run for ages. They’re quite low. The Empire has struck back before The Empire Strikes Back starts. That’s kind of the core thing, and that’s what I want to do. We start high with the rise of the Rebellion and then there must be some awful tragedy at some point. -- Kieron Gillen

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The thread I’m working on with Luke is, “Yeah, a lot of people died for me.” If you look at interesting character development that would have happened between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, that’s certainly there. You don’t see much of it by the time you get to Empire, that stuff the characters must have faced and come to an answer — at least a temporary answer, anyway. -- Kieron Gillen

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It’s very dangerous to actually write for Ackbar because there are a lot of ambushes in Star Wars. And I can’t have Ackbar say anything because everybody will presume it’s a joke because of his most famous line. “We appear to be out maneuvered by our enemies.” “You mean it’s a trap, Ackbar?” “Yes, that’s exactly what I mean.” -- Kieron Gillen

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This is me as the Uber writer coming in and going, “The Rebellion? What does that even mean? What are your tactics to try and stop the Empire?” On one level Star Wars is a heroic space fantasy, but it’s like, “What are you actually doing to rebel?” -- Kieron Gillen

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By the time we meet up with Han in Empire you’ve got Leia saying that he’s a born leader of men. That means he’s been leading men! -- Kieron Gillen

When I saw Rogue One I immediately thought, “I wonder what Luke makes of all this? I wonder what Leia makes of it?” Now I’m in a position where I get to write that. -- Kieron Gillen

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No one wants to see grim and gritty Luke Skywalker. But at the same time, there is an integration between the aesthetic of Rogue One and the New Hope cast. We’re kind of rubbing them up against each other. -- Kieron Gillen

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