Star Wars fans may be looking to the future, but one Rebels hero was just written into the epic Battle of Hoth. The movie series may be best known for its space battles (or 'star wars' if you will) as opposed to planetside conflicts, but The Empire Strikes Back defied expectations with its first Rebel/Empire face-off. Not to mention set the standard for Rebel bases existing on some of the harshest, most dangerous, and least habitable worlds in the Star Wars galaxy. And in a new comic series from IDW, it's the franchise's fighting women who are getting the spotlight.
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi resembling Hoth in more than one way, it seems the perfect time to revisit the snowy planet in the new, Disney-approved canon. That's one of the stories set to be told in the series, beginning with Star Wars: Forces of Destiny - Leia #1. And now that the first pages of the book have been revealed ahead of its January release, the Star Wars canon needs a change. Because Rebels heroine Hera Syndulla is also on Hoth before The Empire Strikes Back begins.
It's not the first time that Hera in particular has been woven into new parts of Star Wars (especially those that take place close to, or alongside Rebels). She's included in a Rogue One cameo as "General Syndulla," confirming her promotion from where Rebels finds her. And in the animated series that preceded the Forces of Destiny comic, it was also confirmed that Hera was at the Battle of Endor. Now, she was also riding Tauntauns across Hoth with Han and Leia before the Empire even discovered the Rebels' new hideout.
Take a look for yourselves:
The preview only gives away this small cameo appearance, with Hera Syndulla's full role in the issue hard to predict. Of course, for Star Wars fans looking to see where and how the new canon is being expanded and interconnected, every new link is to be celebrated (and mentally logged for future reference). Now that Hera Syndulla has shown up as a key member of the Rebellion at both Hoth and Endor (the major battles of Episode V and Episode VI), fans will certainly ask... did Hera play a role in the Battle of Yavin, too? The Death Star is coming to Star Wars: Rebels at some point, so anything is possible.
Those drawn to the idea of seeing more Star Wars heroines get time in the spotlight are in for even more of a treat than a Leia-Hera team-up. Issue #2 of Forces of Destiny will be shifting focus to a story from Rey's own life. Issue #3 will be a story following Hera as the protagonist, and Issue #4 will reunite Padmé Amidala and Ahsoka Tano. And as a special treat to fans of the recent blockbuster Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the final instalment of the five-issue series will star Paige and Rose Tico, sisters whose bond plays a central role in the movie's new Resistance heroes.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny - Leia #1 will be released on January 3, 2018.