Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren Creators on Ben Solo’s Turn to the Dark Side

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December 09, 2019  04:46 PM



Star Wars fans might have criticized Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) for seemingly like an overly emotional and angsty teenager in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, the estranged son of Han Solo (Adam Driver) and Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) has turned out to be one of the most complex characters in the sequel trilogy.

Marvel comic book writer Charles Soule and artist Will Sliney have been exploring Ben Solo’s early development and his fall to the Dark Side in the new series The Rise of Kylo Ren where fans get to learn more about Luke Skywalker’s nephew.

Speaking in an interview with the official Star Wars website, Soule talks about the comic and how it strives to reach the same heartbreak as other popular transitions to the Dark Side, like say, Anakin Skywalker’s downfall in Lucasfilm’s prequel trilogy.

“And then it was about creating a story that felt epic and above all emotional for Ben Solo,” Soule tells the site, “Because this transition, this turn to the dark side has to be as good and stand at the same level as some of the other big turns to the dark side we see.”

Fans don’t have to be worried about the project. The Rise of Kylo Ren is in a capable writer’s hands – Soule has previously explored Darth Vader’s past in another Marvel Star Wars comic series, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith.

Readers are going to learn a whole lot more about the complexity of Kylo Ren, because the comic book writer wants to do his best to portray the hurt that Ben Solo has been through, showing his turn from a frightened boy to a really dark, dark person.

We’re hoping to see Kylo redeemed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

The Rise of Kylo Ren is out for pre-order. Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20, 2019.

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