Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have been a commercial and critical success, however, there's been a lot of controversy surrounding the film. A vocal group of fans is continually airing out their grievances with the Star Wars sequel trilogy entry, complaining about the film's attempt at subverting fan's expectation and its "poor" use of legacy characters like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
One of these fans biggest complaints about The Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker being turned into a hermit on Ahch-To. These fans don't want to see their hero reduced into a cowardly old man hiding out on a solitary planet. They want to see Luke benevolent, strong.
Now, a new Star Wars comic may actually be shifting the blame towards someone else: Emperor Palpatine.
In the newly released comic, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Luke Skywalker, fans get to see Darth Sidious making attempts at reaching out for Luke Skywalker using the Force. The Emperor is successful, though Luke can only sense a sudden presence of Darkness around him. In the comic, not only does Palpatine try to seduce the Jedi to the Dark side, but he also tries to convince Luke into quitting the fight.
This doesn't really work on the young Jedi right then, but we see it influence his self-esteem, enough to make Luke turn his back on the Resistance later on in his life. Of course, Luke's decision to hide away in Ahch-To isn't just the Emperor's doing – it's also because of Luke's failings as a teacher and as an uncle to Ben Solo (Adam Driver).
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Star Wars: Episode IX premieres December 20, 2019.