After showing up for brief cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that hung over fans for two years, Luke Skywalker made a comeback in The Last Jedi and gave quite the scene-stealing performance. In the film, Mark Hamill returned to the franchise as his most iconic role to teach Rey of the Jedi ways and showdown against Kylo Ren. Nut when Luke used the Force to project himself to Crait, it proved too great of a task as the Jedi Master disappeared into thin air, following the footsteps of Obi-Wan Kenobi. In light of Marvel's The Last Jedi comic book release, fans can now see Luke's final thoughts, adding a much more poetic moment to the character's abrupt death. Take a look:
Anyone else getting a little misty-eyed? The page was shared on Twitter by Marvel's The Last Jedi writer Gary Whitta to tease the comic release. The incredible artwork and color was penned by Michael Walsh and Mike Spicer adds a bit more depth to the scene from the 2017 film. As shown in the comic, after showing up Kylo Ren by declaring that he will not be the last Jedi, the toll of the Force catches up to him suddenly. Luke looks to the horizon on Ach-To, complete with a view of two suns, reminiscent of a memorable shot in A New Hope. When Luke began his hero's journey back on Tatooine, he looked at a similar view before joining Obi-Wan to save Princess Leia.
The elegant parallel signaling the end of Luke's mortal end was certainly present in the film but the inclusion of these words in the comic: "So it ends as it began. By the light of two suns. Before stepping into a larger world," it definitely hits the emotion of the scene in a way that the film didn't. Marvel's The Last Jedi six-issue series follows each of the installments novelizations. All of Disney's Star Wars releases have also received the Marvel comic book treatment, which allows for some expanded material to complement the film releases.
In a Star Wars film, when a Jedi dies it doesn't mean they are gone forever-- as it was seen at the end of A New Hope when Obi-Wan says encouraging words to Luke as he destroys the Death Star. And most recently in The Last Jedi, when Luke receives a visit from Yoda. Since Mark Hamill is confirmed to return for Episode IX, the Jedi Master's Force Ghost will likely grace the presence of Rey as strengthens her relationship with the Force and fights against Kylo Ren and the rest of the dark side. Star Wars: Episode IX filming is currently underway, and will be released to theaters on December 20, 2019.