When it comes to “Star Wars,” you can’t please everyone. Stay too loyal and familiar to the formula, and you get the kind of backlash that J.J. Abrams received for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
Try and shake things up though like Rian Johnson did with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and George Lucas did years ago with the prequels, and the fans can’t wait to vocalise their displeasure and declare their disgust with the franchise.
That inability to please leading to the hysteria and vitriol that comes with the subsequent reaction, has given “Star Wars” fandom something of a bad name in recent times. Author Charles Soule, who is penning the four-part comic series “The Rise of Kylo Ren,” is braced for it though it seems.
Soule’s comic mini-series is canon and deals with Ben Solo and his choices that led to him becoming Kylo Ren. Coming ahead of Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which is expected to wrap up the Kylo Ren storyline, the comic will likely tie up loose ends and flesh out Kylo’s back story more and how he turned to the Dark Side.
Speaking during the Publishing in Star Wars panel of Fan Expo Toronto (via CBR), Soule says that he’s well aware that some hardcore fans will be angry with his work:
“Sometimes Star Wars stories are like telling a great story and having a great time playing in this sandbox. And other times, Star Wars jobs are like ‘OK, we’ll give you an incredibly key piece of the overall mythology that you have to nail.’ You guys would not be very happy with me if I screw this up. And everyone here might not be very happy with the choices that I made.
Ben Solo is tragic. The potential of him from the day he was born, everyone around him saw or thought they saw what he could be. So he was put in all these different paths, and we’ve kind of seen how that’s gone wrong in the films so far. This is a story about Ben Solo, understanding some of the choices he made.
The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 goes on sale December 4th, two weeks before “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits cinemas.