The Star Wars: Allegiance preview images that hit the internet today show off a post-Episode-VIII galaxy for the first time. The now-finished Marvel Comic series Poe Dameron did show fans some scenes on the Millennium Falcon after the events of the last film, but this series will give us a proper look at the larger galaxy in the era of the sequel trilogy for really the first time. Fans still sore about the direction the sequel trilogy took may say that the story this comic series will tell belong on the big screen, and maybe they are right. Still, this could represent that Lucasfilm wants to tell more sequel-era stories in other media, specifically those in which they don’t have to pay for actors, directors, and special effects. The adventures of Rey and the Resistance may continue in the Expanded Universe rather than on cinema screens.
It’s not unusual, but the Star Wars: Allegiance preview images are wordless, the dialogue and narration in the scene not yet added. However, it appears that we will learn more about what the characters are up to before the events of Episode IX. Part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker marketing push, this is the first time we’ll get to see sequel trilogy characters in action after the events of the films. The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic series told stories about the end of the rebellion and the backstory for Finn and Rey. There was little story to tell for the next film, since Rian Johnson made the decision to start it up immediately after the last one. Yet, with at least a one-year jump between VIII and IX, that is plenty of time to squeeze in some harrowing adventures.
Star Wars: Allegiance Details
The first Star Wars: Allegiance preview image is the stunning cover by Marco Checchetto. The series proper features the work of artist Luke Ross. His previous work in the Star Wars universe came with the graphic novel adaptation of The Force Awakens, the Darth Maul miniseries, and the adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn novel. Ethan Sacks writes the series, as well as the series for Galaxy’s Edge at Disney. He also wrote the story “The Weapon” for a special Marvel Comics one-shot called Age of Republic.
The first issue debuts October 9, 2019. The second issue follows 15 days later on October 16. The third and fourth issues will debut, respectively, on the 23rd and 30th of October. This means the series will be complete about six weeks before the movie debuts.
Rey vs The Beast
One of the most iconic moments in Return of the Jedi came when Luke Skywalker faced down Jabba the Hutt’s rancor with only his wits, the Force, and some bones to help him. It appears in the first issue, Rey has a similar experience fighting some armored space-monster. We see her use the Force to toss some space-junk at it, which it bursts through and chases her. She also appears to be wearing the rebreather from inside the Millennium Falcon, last seen in the Force Awakens and first seen in Empire Strikes Back. Given that Rey will be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s safe to say she escapes. We also note that she hasn’t repaired the lightsaber yet.
Inside Resistance Headquarters with Rose, Princess Leia, and the Droids
The next Star Wars: Allegiance preview image shows us the new Resistance headquarters, we presume. We see General Leia Organa, still wearing that sharp wraparound dress from The Last Jedi. Everyone appears very concerned, including Rose, Chewbacca, and the perpetually-worried C3PO. Leigh heads off towards a room with a glowing window, suggesting that may be on a ship in space or it’s just sunset wherever the Resistance hangs their helmets these days.
Finn, A Big Deal, Gets In a Barfight
Han Solo joked in the first movie of the sequel trilogy about Finn being a “big deal” in the Resistance. The novelization revealed that Solo pegged Finn as a Stormtrooper right away. Yet, now a full-fledged fighter for the cause, Finn still seems to get into trouble wherever he goes. In the Star Wars: Allegiance preview image dealing with his adventures, he’s in the midst of a bar fight. We seem him knocked down and helped to his feet by a pair of aliens. Then we see him lunge forward at his opponent, ducking a haymaker and likely about to toss the brute on his alien butt.
A Diplomatic Mission with Leia, Chewie, and Rey
The final Star Wars: Allegiance preview image shows us our favorite hunk of junk as the Millennium Falcon takes Chewie, Rey, and Leia somewhere. Leia appears to have changed outfits (a constant bit of consternation from the late Carrie Fisher was Leia’s limited wardrobe). This appears to look more like her outfit form The Force Awakens and the outfit we’ll see in The Rise of Skywalker. Unused footage from J.J. Abrams’s last spin in the Star Wars universe will give us at least a few more scenes with our favorite princess turned general. Also, the planet our heroes travel too looks a bit like Mon Cala, where Admiral Ackbar came from. Since the movies like showing fans new locations, it makes sense they’d visit this planet in the pages of the comics.
The art looks beautiful and, done right, this story could help generate hype for the final film in the Skywalker saga. As we reported earlier this week, Star Wars may have made a mistake by skipping Comic-Con this year. This final movie will be an epic spectacle, and these preview images from Star Wars: Allegiance serve to get everyone excited about where the story will head next.
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.