New Petition Asks Disney And Lucasfilm For Comic Starring Iden And Del From Battlefront II
Despite the rocky launch that Battlefront II had, Star Wars fans generally enjoy and appreciate the game. One of the best-loved parts of the game is the solo-player story campaign that follows a set of new characters from the destruction of the second Death Star to the events of The Force Awakens. Given the timespan covered by the campaign, it is unlikely that the characters would be a big part of Battlefront III, if such a game is ever released. Still, one fan decided to drum up support for more stories featuring these new characters. A petition on Change.org asks Lucasfilm and Disney to create a comic book series starring Iden Versio and Del Meeko.
Iden Versio, played by Janina Gavankar, and Del Meeko, played by T.J. Ramini, are two members of an Imperial special forces squad. Along with Gideon Hask, played by Paul Blackthorne, they take on the Rebel Alliance and, often, win. Yet, as the game’s story reveals, they lose faith in the Empire after the Battle of Endor.
At the time of this writing, more than 600 people have signed the petition, but the creator hopes that many more Star Wars fans sign on. He hopes that with enough signatures Lucasfilm and Disney will see that there is, essentially, money on the table for a comic series starring Iden and Del. Along with their story in Battlefront II, the prequel novel Battlefront II: Inferno Squad came out with the game, focusing on the early days of these new characters.
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Creator of the petition, Mason Carr, told Comic Years:
“I started the petition because I enjoyed the Star Wars Battlefront II 2017 campaign, and after playing both the main and Resurrection campaigns, I want to see a comic series showcasing the adventures of Iden and Del. It could start after the Battle of Jakku and end before The Force Awakens. We could see when their daughter Zay was born, how Del was captured by the First Order, and we could explore new planets and characters never introduced in the Star Wars universe. Also, we could see more of Shriv, as well.”
Despite the former Disney CEO Bob Iger saying that “less is more” when it comes to Star Wars, we’ve gotten plenty of new Star Wars this past year. There was the hit game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. We have two seasons of The Mandalorian, and they are wrapping up the final season of The Clone Wars now. We’ve gotten new Star Wars comics, new novels, and the High Republic project coming soon. Also, there was a little film called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that debuted at the end of last year. So, in a way, it makes sense that these two characters have fallen by the wayside.
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Should Disney and Lucasfilm Respond to the Petition and Make a Comic Series Starring Iden and Del?
There are so many wonderful stories left to be told in the Star Wars galaxy. So, a petition for a limited comic series starring Del and Iden is not something Lucasfilm should ignore. Yet, one has to wonder, if Mason isn’t perhaps setting his sights too low. Doing a comic series starring Iden and Del like the petition asks for seems like a no-brainer. Yet, since the Battlefront II characters look exactly like their actors, perhaps we could get a limited live-action series?
There are more live-action Star Wars series coming to Disney+ like the untitled Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan shows. Thus, Del and Iden fit into the pattern Disney established. They are characters from other stories whose ends we already know. Either the comic series or a live action series could tell a different kind of Star Wars story. How do two special forces soldiers, who switched sides during the war, live once there is no war left to fight?
We’re used to see Star Wars stories where there are life-and-death battles, lots of action, and plenty of baddies to fight or hide from. Yet, Iden and Del’s story provides the chance to tell the story of what happens after the Star Wars are over. A video game is not a great medium for quite, introspective stories about living with the horrors of war and trying to move on with life. Yet, a comic series or live-action series would be the perfect place for such a tale. Fans have spent a lot of time with these characters, so its only natural they, like Kylo Ren at the end of The Last Jedi want “More!”
What do you think? Will you sign the petition asking Disney and Lucasfilm to create a comic series starring Iden and Del? What stories do you think they should tell? Let us know in the comments.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.