WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marvel's Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Allegiance #3, by Ethan Sacks, Luke Ross, VC's Clayton Cowles and Lee Loughridge, on sale now.
One of the most divisive points of the new Star Wars era is Rey's depiction as a powerful Jedi. In The Force Awakens, we saw her wielding a lightsaber and fighting off the ruthless and seasoned killer, Kylo Ren, without training. She also used the mental powers of the Force as if she were pretty much an expert. This led to haters stupidly calling her a "Mary Sue," when it's clear she's just as much a Chosen One as Anakin Skywalker was.
In Marvel's Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Allegiance, however, we're seeing the truth and it has nothing to do with luck. Rey's not a fluke or simply being given power boosts for mere plot convenience. She really and truly is a better Jedi than Anakin or, for that matter, Luke Skywalker ever were at this stage in both of their careers.
We must remember Luke had a mentor to start him off on Tatooine in Obi-Wan Kenobi, who ironically mentored Anakin along with Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace. In fact, Anakin had an entire Jedi council overseeing things, one he could rely on if need be, even after Qui-Gon died. As for Luke, as he progressed, he also had Master Yoda to train with on the swamp planet, Dagobah, continuing the cycle of masters and apprentices.
In other words, both of the Skywalker soldiers got hands-on advice and experts to show them the way at various stages in their Jedi life. Rey doesn't have this luxury, which is what makes her meteoric rise all the more impressive. In the comic prequel to December's The Rise of Skywalker from Ethan Sacks and co., we're seeing Rey fighting Force-sensitive monsters in training, going on scavenging missions unsupervised, battling killer droids and using weapons in a way we didn't see the Skywalkers doing. All this shapes her into a one-woman army at times.
It's quite evident when there's unrest at Mon Cala and General Leia goes to find reinforcements for the Resistance. Rey's found using her staff like a boomerang, spinning it with her mind alone and basically showing up the basic skills we saw from Ani or Luke -- i.e. some flips here and there and basic swordsmanship. Rey's on a high level, not to mention she's got the mind tricks down along with advanced usage of Force telekinesis. Seriously, a comparison of the three and their abilities at this current stage shows that, like it or not, Rey stands head and shoulders above the rest.
She's not even leaning on Leia's knowledge of the Force much as she simply harnesses the brief lessons Luke taught her in The Last Jedi. It shows how intelligent she is and that no learning curve's too steep for her. In fact, all she has are sacred Jedi texts from Ahch-To, which means without translators or a curator to guide her, her feats and progression are all the more impressive. It's amazing to see her developing so quickly by simply deciphering the ancient books, compared to Luke and his dad who took time to steadily move up the ladder.
Rey's definitely on her way to outclassing the Skywalkers should she survive Palpatine's assault and whatever the First Order has planned. The fact Leia's letting her do her own thing sums it up. She trusts Rey and knows she's a talent the likes of which the galaxy has never seen before. That's why Palpatine's now seemingly obsessed with her the same way Snoke was. This reinforces that, sure, Rey might currently be more powerful than the Skywalkers, but in the grand scheme of things, she's also shaping up to be the strongest Jedi of all time.
Marvel's Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Allegiance #4 goes on sale Oct. 30.