Wassup Geeklings? Everyone ready for a long weekend? Quick plug; though most of our branches are closed on Monday our three resource libraries (that’d be the Pierre Berton branch, the Bathurst-Clark branch and the home of yours truly the Civic Centre branch) will be open from 1-5pm so come on by for your reading, watching and general awesomeness needs.
So I thought this week I’d bring up something that’s always intrigued me about the Star Wars fandom. It’s just never a bad time to talk (or in my case write) about Star Wars. I just finished reading volume 2 of Marvel Comics Darth Vader series, and I finished Shadows and Secrets in a day (which is a rare thing for me, even with a graphic novel), it was that gripping. I immediately signed out Vader Down, which is the next chapter in that series and also a cross over with their current Star Wars series. I’m totally digging what Marvel’s doing with the galaxy far, far away and how they’re filling in the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back; the stories feel intimate and give you more of a look into the characters and their motives, such as Vader discovering (37-year-old spoiler alert) that he has a son, which completely sets up that fateful duel in Empire. Yowza!
But it has further highlighted what has been a longstanding truth for me with this fandom… I’ve always liked the bad guys a little bit more than the good guys.
I’ve written before about my not-so-secret love affair with villains, but the Star Wars universe is where this might be it’s most prevalent. I have a Kylo Ren coffee mug on my desk right now, no lie. I’ve said before that Darth Maul was likely the only saving grace of The Phantom Menace, and I’ve watched his resurgence on Clone Wars with barely hidden glee (haven’t seen him on Rebels yet, but someday). When I bought a plastic lightsaber a while back, I went with Vader’s design with the ruby red blade, and if I ever get a real lightsaber (or as real as you can get in this reality) I’ll probably pick a red LED for it. The light side may have more color options, but COME ON! Tell me this doesn’t look cool…
Yep, there’s just something about the villains of Star Wars, be they Sith, Imperial, New Order, bounty hunter or something else. From the safety of a completely fictional universe, there’s a lot to like. There’s power there, grace in spite of the wrath, motivations that are not so black and white, and the eternal struggle of conquering all. And I feel next to no hesitation showing my love.
What do you guys think? Light side or dark side? Anyone want to leap to the Jedi’s defense? (Don’t try a Force Leap though, you’ll just hurt yourself). Team Jedi or Team Sith?
In the meantime, read more about the dark side with titles like The Book of Sith, The Bounty Hunter’s Guild Handbook or The Imperial Handbook. There are also a ton of books featuring Star Wars villains, like the aforementioned Vader series, graphic novels and regular novels starring Darth Maul, even a prequel novel showing the ascension of Palpatine.
Have a great long weekend, stay on the straight and narrow IRL and until next time, End of Line.