Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Snoke
The Star Wars comics promised to show fans how Supreme Leader Snoke turned Ben Solo into Kylo Ren, and the first glimpse of that training has now been revealed. As it turns out, Snoke trained Kylo the same way Yoda trained Luke Skywalker.. Well, except the opposite.
The lore enthusiasts know it isn't accurate to say Kylo Ren was trained as a Sith, since the Sith died with Darth Sidious. That may all change when Emperor Palpatine returns in Star Wars 9, but for now Snoke seems a somewhat competent teacher in the dark side, at the very least. Those who assumed Snoke encouraged Kylo's anger, hatred, and pain have been proven correct. But nobody expected Snoke to bring Kylo Ren back to Dagobah, the place of Luke Skywalker's training in The Empire Strikes Back.
This new insight into Snoke and Kylo Ren's early days as master and student will be more than welcome (at least until Kylo Ren's own prequel comic arrives). The Dagobah training has been revealed thanks to the first preview pages of Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Supreme Leader Snoke (via StarWars.com), a comic book one-shot shedding new light on the Star Wars movie canon. Readers can take a look at the preview pages below, and see how the same experience leads to an entirely different lesson than the one Yoda sought to teach, as Snoke's 'training' begins:
It should come as no surprise that Kylo Ren's dark side vision takes the form of his master, Luke Skywalker. Although Luke didn't know it at the time, the dark side appearing as Darth Vader--while revealing his connection to the masked villain--was a glimpse of destiny. The full scene may change the context or implication of Kylo Ren's fury, especially if it ends with him slicing Skywalker in half. Where Luke had Yoda to temper his emotions, and urge him to see past the dark side to the truth... Snoke encourages ignorance and anger, instead.
With growing evidence that Kylo Ren is reverting to his former self ahead of The Rise of Skywalker, this flashback couldn't be more perfect in tone. Not only by reminding fans of the anger, power, and violence Kylo Ren is capable of (after handling Rey with surprising sensitivity and emotion), but helping to add some context to the internal conflict that defined him in The Force Awakens. Whatever this one-shot has to reveal about Snoke or Kylo Ren, fans won't need to wait long to dissect every single page. In the meantime, read on below for the full credits and plot synopsis:
- STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE - SUPREME LEADER SNOKE #1
- Written by: Tom Taylor
- Art by: Leonard Kirk, Cory Hamscher
- Cover by: Phil Noto
- THE DEVIL’S APPRENTICE! SUPREME LEADER SNOKE’S brutal training of KYLO REN begins. Will the sadistic Snoke break his tormented protégé? Or has he underestimated the son of HAN and LEIA?
Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Supreme Leader Snoke #1 will be available at comic shops on September 11th, or direct from Marvel Comics.