Lightsaber Chronicles: Why Skywalker Made A New Green Weapon To Face Vader

By Victor O

Luke Skywalker’s decision to wield a new green lightsaber in Star Wars comics adds depth to his iconic weapon’s origin. In a thrilling narrative revealed in Star Wars #33, the canon explains why Luke ultimately discards his yellow lightsaber before facing Vader in Return of the Jedi.

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After the confrontation at Cloud City, Luke struggles to retrieve his father’s blue lightsaber. Intent on securing a substitute, he investigates a deserted outpost dating back to the High Republic era. Within its confines, he stumbles upon a lightsaber wielded by temple guards, featuring a distinctive yellow blade. Luke employs this newfound weapon in clashes against the Empire within the Star Wars comics. Nevertheless, a pivotal moment unfolds, altering the course of events dramatically.

While on a mission in the perilous No-Space, Luke’s prosthetic hand and lightsaber are crushed by a Killdroid. In Star Wars #33, he returns to the Rebel Alliance Fleet with a damaged lightsaber. R2-D2 attempts a repair, but the result is a barely functional weapon. Sensing the imminent confrontation with Vader, Luke activates the unstable lightsaber and acknowledges the need for a new one.

The urgency to create a replacement arises as Leia and Mon Mothma mobilize the Rebel Alliance to exploit a Force-related disturbance. The “ripple” has a diminishing effect on individuals sensitive to the Force, such as Luke, Vader, and Palpatine. Taking advantage of the distraction of the Sith leaders, Luke intends to acquire a fresh lightsaber for his upcoming clash with Vader. With time constraints leading up to the events in Return of the Jedi, Luke initiates a quest to locate a new Kyber crystal and assemble the necessary components for the lightsaber.

Although the films do not explicitly depict Luke constructing a green lightsaber, a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi shows him modifying the hilt. Nevertheless, in the 2019 comic Age of Rebellion – Luke Skywalker #1, the green lightsaber makes its debut at an earlier point in the timeline. The story takes place amidst a disturbance in the Force triggered by the obliteration of an ancient dark side weapon in Hidden Empire #5.

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Jedi lightsabers, powered by Kyber crystals attuned to the Force, often demand a profound connection with the light. In Star Wars #34, Luke sets out to search for a Kyber crystal, suggesting a potential test by the Force. While the yellow crystal in Luke’s damaged lightsaber still functions, the reason for seeking a new crystal remains unknown. As readers eagerly anticipate the forthcoming issues of Star Wars, the mystery behind Luke Skywalker’s iconic weapon will finally be unveiled.