Marvel’s Star Wars: A Cautionary Tale

by David Fox

042022B-1024x536 Marvel's Star Wars: A Cautionary Tale“Star Wars.” Those words are heavy.  They mean a lot.  Not many things have been as revolutionary in the entertainment business as those two words.  And when placed in capable hands, the result of what follows those two words has been awe-inspiring and, in some cases, life-changing.  But as the saying goes, many chefs spoil the broth, and it all started with Marvel. Let’s talk about Marvel’s Star Wars.

We should have seen this coming. 

It was laid out in front of us like church clothes on your bed on a Sunday morning.  What’s that expression about seeing the forest for the trees, and what the hell does that even mean anyway?  I don’t see no forest.  What I do see, though, is a pattern of storytelling that was incredibly rancid, and we just accepted it like lemmings jumping to their doom.  And the worst part is that we are still doing it to this day simply because it says the words “Star” and “Wars” at the beginning of it. 277407564_663625531417106_341494747211783498_n-198x300 Marvel's Star Wars: A Cautionary Tale

Star Wars comics have NEVER been good.  But we ate them up.  Hell, I had a damn subscription and still own every issue.  When I was a kid, you could stick a green rabbit in my face and tell me it was Star Wars, and I believed you.  But we have to be more discerning today, and I believe many people are stuck in this Jaxxon mindset of what one of my favorite Star Wars podcasters scoffs…”If it says Star Wars, you have to like it!”  

Not every War is a winner.

You didn’t like “The Book of Boba Fett.” 

C’mon.  Ya didn’t. 

Maybe some scenes, but is this what you wanted from the most mysterious and badass character in the genre?  Choreographed dances with Tusken Raiders?  Geico Geckos up his nose?   The Wiggles on mopeds?  And tons of baths looking a little too much like Danny DeVito in his boxer briefs covered in hand sanitizer.  But we have adopted this “good enough” attitude since the Disney era, which is not unlike the perceived notion that the Marvel comics of the ’70s and 80s were just fine because at least it was putting something out there. 277543093_770548847666206_7405003169166117311_n-197x300 Marvel's Star Wars: A Cautionary Tale

Releasing content just for the sake of releasing it is never a good idea.  Quality over quantity always.  And especially for something like Star Wars, which is so important to so many of us, “good enough” is never good enough. 

The Marvel comic line is as horrendous as the sequels, the spin-offs, and the Disney bastardization of the franchise.  Don’t agree?  Sit yourself down and watch Mark Hamill milk the teet of that manatee and take that giant green chug one more time.  Does that do anything for ya?  If it does, God bless you, but for the rest of us who have had our fill, it’s time to tell Disney enough is enough.  You have to do better. 

How do you tell them? 277830248_387539749638512_7717610874691232353_n-194x300 Marvel's Star Wars: A Cautionary Tale

With your wallet.  Drop subscriptions, only pay for viable content, and don’t spend a night in a contrived Star Warsy hotel for $6,000 dollars a guest.  So what’s the solution?  Get George Lucas back into the fold.  Sure, we made fun of the prequels when they came out.  Politics.  Horrible kid acting.  Jar Jar.  But after watching the latest offerings, old GL ain’t looking so bad.  So maybe he’s the answer.  It’s his sandbox anyway.  At least get his opinion on things. 

We saw what could happen with the comics and we chose to ignore it.  When you accept a fraud, it ceases to be a fraud to you.  How many people fall for Ponzi schemes each year? How many of your buddies love to tell you about their NFTs?

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The greatest liar of all time, George Costanza, laments, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”  It is years of giving credibility where credibility is not due.

“Somehow, Palpatine returned.” 

Do I blame Marvel? No, I blame us. We could have sent a clear signal decades ago.  The result is the half-assed, style-over-substance, poodoo sandwich we have to eat today.

The explanation for the ENTIRE sequel trilogy is summed up as, “Somehow, Palpatine returned.”  Thanks!  That cleared it right up. 275936361_1309435052903003_8944569734444041073_n-e1650488108565-144x300 Marvel's Star Wars: A Cautionary Tale

I think I tried the “Somehow” rationale in a second-grade creative writing assignment and Mrs. Chalbach smacked me with a ruler.  But you go ahead, J.J.  Have fun out there.

And for any criticisms that I am starting to see as people wake up from their bacta tank comas, I say thank the maker. 

If only we had put our foot down at the first sighting of that giant green rabbit. 

Are Star Wars comics actually good? Or are they just good investments? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments section!

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Kyle Hickman April 26, 2022 - 12:28 pm

Well, everyone can have their opinions, but just because you haven’t liked the storytelling since Disney took over doesn’t mean the content isn’t any good. If Disney hadn’t bought Star Wars the last thing we would have would be Clones Wars season 6. Recent comic book storylines have been really good, as well as novels, Clone Wars season 7 was amazing, loved Rogue One, Solo, and The Last Jedi. The Mandalorian and The BOBF as live-action series are awesome! The Kenobi series, Bad Batch season 2, Mandalorian season 3, the Andor series, etc. are all highly anticipated. This is a golden age of Star Wars, just enjoy it.

Jay Pele April 26, 2022 - 12:51 pm

Quantity never trumps quality. With Disney we’ve gotten a bough-breaking bevy of the former but precious little of the latter.

What I’ve liked? Grogu and Mando, pretty much 75% of their series. Moff Gideon is a great villain.
What I’ve loved? The last episode of Mando Season 2. It’s a Top 5 Star Wars moment.
The rest? Ugh.

Kyle Hickman April 26, 2022 - 1:42 pm

The quality of the content is subjective and it’s pretty clear that most fans love the new content. I have my favorites out of the new content, like everyone else, but generally speaking all of it has been pretty good. Recent Star Wars video games have also been awesome!

johnnyspruce April 28, 2022 - 4:58 am

Most fans? It is rare that fans like the sequels. So I would not call it pretty good.

Kyle Hickman April 28, 2022 - 11:08 am

People who complain are the vocal minority. Star Wars is doing quite well, they wouldn’t be if everyone hated the new content.

Curt M April 26, 2022 - 12:37 pm

Finally someone on the internet saying the truth! Mando was good, but not great, but The Book was just lame. Thanks for telling it like it is!

Nicholas Fenner April 27, 2022 - 12:34 am

Yes, do it. Give into the reality. If anyone ever had a good idea beyond the original trilogy, why are they caught to trying to explain what happened during or before the original trilogy? Even the sequel trilogy just explained what happened to the main characters. Rey is only a Palpatine. Kylo Ren is only a Solo-Skywalker. And the villain of Episode 9 is the same as Episode 1. Meanwhile entire seasons of TV shows and series of comics have been explaining what happened in that same time frame. There is nothing new in Star Wars. Only decades of nostalgia.

Jordan April 26, 2022 - 1:05 pm

Nothing has or ever will be quite as good as The Empire Strikes Back, but that does not mean everything since then has been bad. Good chance we are close in age (40s) and it’s easy to get away from the reality that Star Wars has always been intended for kids more so than adults, and had not attempted to age their new content for the older audience that grew up on the original trilogy. Also, Star Wars has been putting out solid content here of late: Clone Wars season 7, Mando, Rebels, Doctor Aphra, etc. It turns out the movies did a poor job of moving the story forward in a fresh direction, and that is definitely an unresolved challenge for Disney moving forward. Bottom line: if all Star Wars has sucked since the OT, then you are really just a fan of the OT and not of Star Wars in general. Which is fine.

Ian April 26, 2022 - 1:51 pm

Hear hear! I was a massive fan in the late seventies/early eighties when the original trilogy was fresh and new. Whilst I still have an interest in the franchise, I feel it’s lost its magic. Maybe I’m too nostalgic.

Frank Lopiccolo April 26, 2022 - 2:01 pm

The Original Trilogy was catching lighting in a bottle. You can’t expect everything since then to match it in quality. What happened 40+ years ago was a once in a lifetime experience. We’ve been spoiled by it. It’s not fair to try and compare recent shows to the original. You need to look at them at face value and stand alone. And if you do that, some of these shows have actually been pretty good. Some not. I don’t think bringing back George Lucas at this stage would solve anything. Even he couldn’t capture the original magic with his prequels……

Hex April 26, 2022 - 2:02 pm

slow. clap.

gocollectsubscriber April 26, 2022 - 5:24 pm

Mr. Fox’s premise is murky, though it appears that current Star Wars storylines are not to his liking. As all comic runs have their ups and downs, so will Star Wars. Draft a post that considers the ups and downs of, say, the Spider-Man comics, perhaps dissecting difficult storylines such as the Clone Saga and One More Day and their effect on the collectability of Spidey’s comics today. The carrot and stick technique might also be helpful to Mr. Fox, with extra credit given to him if he works in the Bill Jemas era of Marvel and the implications of Disney’s ownership of Spider-Man comics vis-a-vis Sony’s take on Spider-Man on film.

Big Ed April 27, 2022 - 4:41 am

I don’t think Lucas is the solution, but clearly the present leads over at Disney have an agenda in a galaxy that’s mentally far, far away.

I’d say give Ridley Scott a trilogy, but then there’s the Aliens prequels.

The universe is ripe for a great idea .. but without story-driven scripts, strong characters who must overcome seemingly insurmountable, relevant and relatably human obstacles, and someone driving franchise ship in the right direction, it only has further to sink.

Julie April 27, 2022 - 10:56 am

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the cartoons and The Mandalorian. The rest of the more recent content has definitely been slapping the name Star Wars on everything because they can. Everything feels rushed, like maybe if they just put a liiittle more time and effort (and money – looking at you Book of Boba and your body paint Gamorrean guards). Don’t even get me started on the new canon novels, Legends had some duds but wow these have been 99% awful.
What’s next, a force sensitive tree octopus? Ugh


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