Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Finn #1
The Star Wars headlines may go to Rey and Kylo Ren, but it's Finn whose role in saving the galaxy is getting more support from the realm of canonical comics. To the point that we have to wonder if the Force has explicitly "chosen" him, as well.
This franchise is big enough for more than one hero, and there's no question that Kylo Ren and Rey's story is going to be key to the conclusion of The Rise of Skywalker's story. But even if that's the case, and Finn doesn't turn out to be a 'Chosen One' for Jedi or Sith, there may be no more denying that the Force selected his destiny, now that his very own comic has doubled down on his connection with Kylo Ren, implied during his very first scene.
The scene may be forgotten now that Finn has left his Stormtrooper history behind him, but when he first entered the Skywalker Saga--before audiences even knew he was him, technically--FN-2187 did so as a servant of Kylo Ren's will. As part of the First Order assault team that escorted him to Jakku in The Force Awakens, it was there that the soldier finally broke, and decided to desert. And Kylo Ren was there to witness it, locking eyes (visors?) with him from across the ransacked village.
Kylo Ren 'Senses' Finn on Jakku
The prominence of Finn (John Boyega) in marketing led many to believe he would be an even more prominent hero, making it perfectly obvious why Kylo Ren would find it necessary to stop, and note his presence. While the two men do meet in the film's third act, Finn's prominence or sensitivity in the Force gives way entirely to Rey's. It was Finn shown wielding a lightsaber against Kylo Ren in trailers and TV spots, which allowed that expectation to be subverted when Rey is shown to be the true Force user, and the trilogy's starring role. Finn isn't cast aside any more than Han Solo or Leia was in the original trilogy. Rey becomes the new Skywalker hero, one could substitute, while Finn joins Poe Dameron in carrying the banner of Resistance, instead.
But what does that mean for the moment Kylo Ren seemed to 'sense' something notable in FN-2187 on Jakku? It can't be ignored, since it is both the first time Kylo Ren is shown 'sensing' someone of importance through the Force in this new trilogy. Not to mention that Kylo Ren doesn't seem to note key characters in his proximity, and never called out by the filmmakers to the same extent. Assuming that Finn is not connecting to kylo Ren through the Force, the scene can be read somewhat differently, but just as effectively: Finn is in a moment of doubt, having witnessed the horrors of war, and Kylo Ren has been reminded of his life as Ben Solo, before the Dark Side. Two men caught in a fight they didn't get to choose, with limited options, sharing a moment of recognition.
It may seem like a moment of recognition, or a bond formed that would need to be paid off in The Rise of Skywalker to not seem unfinished, but it works well enough. Thankfully, other voices within the Star Wars universe may have given fans the closure and confirmation they crave.
The First Time Kylo Ren & Finn Ever Met
That reading mentioned above works, but doesn't cover the full meaning of Finn and Kylo's exchange, now that Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Finn #1 has returned to Finn's life long before The Force Awakens. Back then, Finn was still working sanitation aboard Starkiller Base. A job that sees him mopping floors in the grand halls of the First Order superstructure... and even sharing the same spaces as Kylo Ren himself. Not just sharing the same space, as Finn #1 reveals, but once again becoming a figure of unlikely interest to Kylo Ren, when meeting him for the very first time.
As satisfying as it may be to see writer Tom Taylor and artist Ramon Rosanas reveal the first time Finn and Kylo Ren crossed paths, the scene conveys even greater meaning. In the massive Starkiller Base, filled with thousands of First Order soldiers, officers, and crew, the carefully selected second-in-command of Supreme Leader Snoke decides to stop dead in his tracks... to more closely examine a janitor. The panels above convey the scene well enough, since there is no reason for Kylo to acknowledge Finn at all. Not unless he sensed something strong enough to give him pause. So strong, in fact, that he would have to scrutinize a terrified janitor with mop in hand just to make sure that his interpretation of the Force wasn't completely off the map.
A significant amount of time would need to pass before FN-2187 rose from sanitation to a First Order Stormtrooper, so it doesn't stretch believability for Kylo to fail to see any larger plan or rebellion in motion. Which makes it even more telling that in a completely different setting, having no reason to recognize Finn by name or face, and set months or years apart, Kylo Ren sensed something about this relative 'nobody.' Could this have been another case of the Force trying to pull Ben Solo back towards a hero in the making, and a brighter path? We may never know. But this scene offers major support for those who believe the Force may be strong in Finn, as well. For now, read on for the full solicitation details below:
- STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE - FINN #1
- Writer: Tom Taylor
- Art: Ramon Rosanas
- A LITTLE REBELLION! Before he was a rebel hero, FINN had another calling. He was...a janitor. But how could this lead FN-2187 to question everything? How much action can someone see mopping floors and dealing with a pest problem? It turns out, a whole lot.
Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Finn #1 is available now from your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019