As much as I dislike the sequel trilogy overall, I am quite fond of Kylo Ren. I think they could have done better with his character but I’ve always liked the idea of a Darth Vader wannabe/fanboy. With Skywalker’s rise imminent, we hope to learn at least a little it more about Kylo, and if not we’ll surely learn his fate.
However, a new comic (the first issue is available), Marvel’s Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren, gives us a lot of insight into Kylo’s turn to the Dark Side and information on a character only known as Ren. The author, Charles Soule, recently spoke with StarWars.com and dished on some of the story the comic depicts, he had much to say and you can check it out below
“I think the key to writing Ben Solo is to write him as a lost teenager who is deeply in touch with emotions that teenagers often feel. He feels like no one understands him…So when he sees Ren, he’s like, ‘Wait a minute — maybe there is somebody like me in the universe. Maybe there is a path for a guy like me. Look at the choices he’s made. I could make those choices, too, and I could be cool.’”
“I wanted [Ren] to read like a charming Darth Vader. A Vader who is charismatic and who is appealing. That’s why [Ren’s] skin is burned and he sort of looks the way that he does. He’s embracing the seductiveness and the damage that the dark side does. Darth Vader, as impressive and imposing and terrifying as he is, is remote and cold and distant because he has the suit surrounding him. Whereas Ren isn’t hiding behind it. He’s someone you could have a beer with, in theory.”
More from Soule:
“The entire seductiveness of the dark side poured into one character engineered for Ben Solo is Ren. He’s sort of a charming evil rascal that can be really fun to write and I really like where he goes in the series. But if Kylo Ren is going to take over the Knights of Ren, which we know that’s what happens, there should be some transition.”
Interesting that Kylo didn’t create the Knights of Ren, that he just sort assumed the role as their leader. I agree with fellow LRM scribe Ser Campbell Clark, in that the sequel trilogy began at the wrong point in time. I believe what’s described above should have happened in the second chapter of the trilogy.
I love the following exchange.
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