WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Rey #1, by Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas, Guru-eFx and Travis Lanham, on sale now.
While Marvel's Star Wars comics have been plugging the gaps in the original trilogy, its Age of Resistance line has been expanding on the new films kick-started by J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens.
We've seen a series of one-shots so far featuring the likes of Supreme Leader Snoke and Rose Tico, and now, thanks to writer Tom Taylor, we're privy to a major sequence that took place before the events of Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi. It's none other than Rey's first Jedi mission, although it's a rough one, as she wasn't mentored by Luke Skywalker just yet.
The story focuses on what happened after The Force Awakens, with Chewbacca and General Leia mourning Han Solo's death, and Leia endorsing Rey as the new Chosen One to bring balance to the Force. That leads to Rey and Chewie flying off to Ahch-To to find Luke, but en route the Millennium Falcon experiences an electrical surge in hyperspace, which Rey thinks is due to defective parts.
They head to the Necropolis, a junkyard planet, to scavenge parts, returning Rey to familiar territory. However, they find the insect-like overlord Ara-Nea there ordering them to buy a license from him to scavenge, or else it will be war. Rey agrees, as she wants no trouble, and is granted access to the wastelands, where she finds a treasure trove of tech and parts. They're attacked by giant creatures, however, which leads to Rey wielding Luke's blue lightsaber. It's the first time she's done so since fighting Kylo Ren on Starkiller Base, and this time Rey proves more skilled.
She emerges victorious and heads topside to confront Ara-Nea, revealing the monster's plan: to cause ships to malfunction, then lure them to the Necropolis, take their money and send them to their deaths. It's diabolical, but Rey convinces the villain's slaves to turn on him, making it clear she's ready to live up to the Jedi name and liberate those in need. It's similar to Luke in his early days, and the icing on the cake comes when Rey uses a Jedi Mind Trick. She orders Ara-Nea to surrender to those he enslaved and face a trial for his crimes. At first, he resists, laughing off Rey as a joke, but when she raises her hand and uses the Force. Rey takes down the tyrant as he willingly submits, proving her early prowess as a Jedi.
Rey hasn't trained with the Skywalker legend at this point, so clearly Leia was right to marvel at the untapped potential. With her powers this strong, not to mention tremendous ability with a lightsaber, it's not about her being a Mary Sue, it's all about Rey's connection to the Force being stronger than anyone imagined. Snoke surely knew this, which is why he tried to get her to kill Kylo later on. And clearly for someone to excel on this Jedi mission, carrying out the Order's principles without really being one of them, it proves why the Force was meant for everyone to use.