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Brew's Crew: Luke Skywalker

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 06/15/2014 - 11:50am, updated 06/15/2014 - 12:16pm

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No rummaging in long boxes to find out about this character. You know him, I know him. But since everyone in movies and comics is discussing his franchise now, what the heck!

Luke Skywalker, a come-to-comics-from-film favorite, was intro’d in the 1977 film Star Wars. Luke’s character represents the hero archetype who is the young man, called to adventure, the hero going out facing the trials and ordeals, and coming back after his victory with a boon for the community.

Luke Skywalker lives a humdrum existence as a moisture farmer on Tatooune with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru that have kept his father’s true history a secret from him. He initially wants to join the ImperialAcademyto become a pilot with his childhood friend Biggs Darklighter, but is held back by his uncle who ostensibly needs his help on the moisture farm (while it was to hopefully prevent Luke from following his father's path).

He takes his first steps toward his destiny when he finds the two droids C-3PO and R2-D2. After delivering R2-D2's message to hermit Ben Kenobi, Ben tells Luke that his father was a Jedi and presents him with his father's lightsaber and then tells him that his father was murdered by a traitorous Jedi. Ben offers to take Luke to the planet Alderaan and train him in the ways of the Force, but Luke rejects his offer.

However, Luke changes his mind when he discovers his aunt and uncle have been killed by Imperial stormtroopers. He and Ben obtain passage with the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca on their Millennium Falcon ship, only to find that Alderaan has been destroyed by the Death Star (the Empire's new superweapon). Luke and the group sneak onto the Death Star and rescues Princess Leia Organa (James Bond homage? lol); as they are escaping, Ben sacrifices himself.

Three years later in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker is now a lieutenant commander in the Rebel Alliance and in command of a fighter squadron.

While on a mission on the ice planet Hoth, he is nearly killed by a Wampa but escapes with the help of the Force and his lightsaber. In the frozen wasteland, he sees Ben Kenobi's spirit telling him to travel to the planet Dagobah and complete his training under the exiled Yoda then is rescued by Han Solo. When the Empire discovers the Rebel base on Hoth, Luke leads his squadron to cover the evacuation. In the battle, Luke, after being shot down, is able to bring down one of the Empire's massive AT-ATs single-handedly.

Escaping Hoth in his X-wing, he travels to Dagobah instead of regrouping with the Alliance. There, he meets Yoda and undergoes rigorous Jedi training, quickly increasing his power in the Force. However, he is warned that the Force is a double-edged sword; its dark side is seductive and could corrupt him into an agent of evil if he gives into his anger and aggression.

His training is interrupted by a vision of his friends in pain. Against Ben's and Yoda's advice, he travels to CloudCityto save them, only to be lured into a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. As his mentors warned, Luke proves to be no match for Vader and his nemesis severs his right hand, causing Luke to lose his father's weapon.

Vader offers him the chance to turn to the dark side of the Force and rule the galaxy at his father's side. Horrified by this unexpected claim and the powerful temptation before him, Luke chooses to die rather than be corrupted and throws himself into a deep reactor chasm. However, he is sucked into a garbage chute to the underside of CloudCityand left hanging onto a weather vane. Leia, flying away from CloudCityin the Millennium Falcon, senses Luke's peril and turns the ship around to save him. Aboard the medical ship after rejoining the rebel fleet, Luke's missing hand is replaced with a prosthetic one.

One year later in Return of the Jedi, Luke is now a Jedi Knight and has constructed his own lightsaber.

He helps Leia, the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and Lando Calrissian save Han Solo from gangster Jabba the Hutt. Luke offers to negotiate with Jabba, but instead is forced to fight a fearsome monster known as the Rancor. When Luke kills it, Jabba sentences him to be thrown into the Pit of Carkoon to be eaten by the Sarlacc. Luke escapes with R2-D2's help, saving his friends and destroying Jabba's barge with the aid of his new lightsaber.

During his return trip to Dagobah, Luke learns from Yoda that Darth Vader is indeed his father, and from Ben Kenobi's spirit that he has a twin, which Luke immediately realizes is Leia. Ben warns him that his instincts "Do him credit, but could be made to serve the Emperor". Yoda tells Luke that although he requires no further training, he will not truly be a Jedi until he confronts his father. Luke insists that there is still good left in Vader, and pledges to bring him back from the dark side. Ben, however, believes that Vader has completely consumed Luke's father, and must be destroyed in order to defeat the Empire.

Arriving on Endor as part of a Rebel commando squad, Luke surrenders to Vader in an attempt to bring his father back from the dark side of the Force. Vader rebuffs his entreaties and brings Luke to the second Death Star in orbit around Endor. The Emperor attempts to turn Luke to the dark side with promises to save his friends from certain death. When that fails, the Emperor goads Luke to strike him down to save the Rebels's losing battle with the Empire and over the forest moon of Endor. Luke momentarily lashes out in anger but Vader blocks his strike, and father and son face each other again in a final duel.

Luke keeps his emotions under control until Vader senses Luke's feelings for his sister and threatens to turn her instead. At this threat, Luke snaps and attacks with full fury. Vader loses ground as Luke lands blow after blow; Luke knocks Vader to the ground and severs his father's mechanical right hand, in a reversal of the battle from the previous film. With the Emperor ordering Luke to strike Vader down and take his place, Luke glances at his own bionic hand and realizes he is on the verge of suffering his father's fate. Luke regains composure, deactivates his lightsaber and throws it away, proudly declaring his allegiance to the Jedi.

Enraged, the Emperor attacks Luke with Force lightning, nearly killing him. When Luke calls out to Vader for help, his father becomes Anakin Skywalker once again then seizes and throws the Emperor to his death down a reactor shaft but is mortally wounded by the Emperor's lightning in the process. As Rebel fighters race toward the Death Star's main reactor, Luke removes Vader's mask and looks upon Anakin's eyes for the first time. Anakin assures Luke that there is good in him after all before his redeemed father dies.

On Endor, Luke burns his father's armor on a funeral pyre (a Jedi tradition). During the Rebels’ victory celebration, Luke sees the smiling spirits of Ben, Yoda and Anakin, all together.

There has been another trilogy with another on the way, as well as comics and novels galore.

Above is who Luke Skywalker is. It will be interesting to now see who he will be!

 
 

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