We're happy to announce that the force is strong with this news.
Are you ready for the biggest cinematic event of the year?
"But Avengers: Endgame already came out," you may say, and yes, considering it's now the highest-grossing movie ever made, you have a point.
However, this is Star Wars we're talking about. The original trilogy is arguably the most iconic of all time, and since 1977, millions have been obsessed with a world of blasters, lightsabers, Sith and Jedi. Sure, the prequels - which commenced in 1999 with The Phantom Menace - still remain largely divisive, but that didn't stop J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens from becoming the cinematic event of 2015.
The blockbuster epic was bursting with nostalgia, but as many fans felt at the time, perhaps that's what the franchise needed. Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, on the other hand, proved far more controversial, with many arguing that it deviated too much from what had previously been established. No matter your stance on the second instalment in the new trilogy, there's just no way of suppressing intrigue for the forthcoming The Rise of Skywalker.
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With J.J. back at the helm and stunning final trailer making the rounds, we could see The Rise of Skywalker overtake Endgame and Joker as the most discussed movie of 2019.
The trailer has already facilitated some really interesting talking points. One of the shots to cause the most debate has been that of Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) appearing to work together to take on an enemy. Many have taken to social media to discuss whether Kylo will go light or Rey will go dark.
When reflecting on the trilogy so far, there is actually little we know of Kylo, but we do know there is the potential for him to see the error of his ways. It's far more likely than Rey turning to the dark side, but no matter what Kylo's fate in the conclusion may be, we hope to learn much more about him.
Honestly, it's hard to imagine the narrative giving Kylo prevalence, which is why we're delighted with news of the character's forthcoming comic...
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Star Wars: Kylo Ren comic
As highlighted by Slash Film, there is a comic book series from writer Charlie Soule on the way called The Rise of Kylo Ren; it will chronicle the character's journey towards the dark side and his initial encounters with the Knights of Ren before becoming their leader.
Kylo's past is something that the films haven't satisfyingly dived into just yet, and for completists - which is most Star Wars fans - this will offer as the perfect accompaniment to the new trilogy. Since the announcement, many have been speculating about his rise to power, but a recently revealed cover for the second issue has confirmed something we cannot wait to explore.
The issue reveals Kylo fighting alongside the legendary Luke Skywalker. The Last Jedi touched upon their past, but it felt a little too skimmed over; this will surely work to correct that. By showing Luke and Kylo facing down the Knights - one armed with a red lightsaber - it's almost as though Kylo is fending off his own future, as we know that he essentially takes the place of the mysterious figure.
That one image alone opens up a myriad of questions, but answers are on the way!
Adam Driver's character has been a fan-favourite since 2015, so to have the chance to dive into his past in print is a bit of a dream-come-true. Plus, it means that we won't be so irritated if his doubts and turmoil feel a little underdeveloped in The Rise of Skywalker.
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Ben Solo and Luke Skywalker are front & center on this newly-released cover for the upcoming issue of the KYLO REN comic! pic.twitter.com/HYzRxRyzxO— Star Wars Direct (@StarWars_Direct) October 24, 2019
When will it release?
As confirmed by the earlier source, The Rise of Kylo Ren's introductory issue (one of four) won't arrive until just before The Rise of Skywalker releases, coming in on Wednesday, December 18th 2019, ahead of advanced screenings.
Going in armed with the information from the first issue will definitely enhance the experience, but sadly, the second issue - boasting the cover which has us all talking - won't be here until January 2020.
It'll be interesting to see what the film touches upon in relation to Kylo, as it may give fans a sense of what they want and expect from the limited comic series.
We can't wait!
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