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When Star Wars was released was a popular film, it stirred up the political climate

The Rebels in Star Wars are heroes, but the Empire has framed them as “terrorists” using that word to justify their treating the Rebels unfairly.



Spoilers ahead for Star Wars #26!

Many people in the Star Wars fandom recognize the Rebel Alliance as heroes, but an even larger number refer to them by a different moniker that has a disturbing amount of internal consistency. The Star Wars comics are anthologies that tell the stories of a wide variety of characters, though the stories generally revolve around the rebellion against the empire seen in the original trilogy. Star Wars #26 shows that the Rebellion is not the heroic organization portrayed in the movies; instead, they are known as terrorists by the general population of the galaxy.

The films of the Star Wars universe focus on epic battles between good and evil, but the comics flesh out the perspective of the average citizen of the galaxy. In particular, the anthology series helps to humanize the members of the Empire, many of whom are regular conscripts or people who simply believe that the Empire is the Republic in a different form. Many people’s memories of the Clone Wars are still relatively fresh (as, according to the Star Wars timeline, only twenty years passed between the founding of the Empire and the destruction of the second Death Star).

The planet Bar’leth in the Galactic Core hosts an Imperial Unity Day parade in Star Wars #26 by Charles Soule and Andres Genolet. Millions of people could be watching the parade live on the Holonet, which means that anyone in the world could witness the Rebel Alliance’s surprise attack. The Millennium Falcon soars above, leading the charge, and it and the other fighters quickly achieve light speed, leaving behind the charred remains of dozens of Imperial ships and vehicles. The terrorists “came out of nowhere” and attacked, as one witness put it. Across the globe, dignitaries are raising their voices in protest. “It’s the Empire, and this is it. You’re responsible for ensuring our safety.”

Films set in the Star Wars universe typically stick to a simple good vs. evil morality. But the comics and other supplementary materials make use of their autonomy to stress that the vast Star Wars galaxy is also a place of gray and moral nuance. Terrorists to some may be freedom fighters to others, and perhaps the Star Wars Rebel Alliance only uses surprise attacks like these to intimidate the Empire, but this only succeeds in intimidating the people the Rebellion is attempting to save.

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