Rey Begins Translating Luke's Sacred Jedi Texts In Marvel's Poe Dameron

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: Poe Dameron #28, by Charles Soule and Angel Unzueta, on sale now.

One of the things which made Star Wars: The Last Jedi so polarizing was how director Rian Johnson portrayed Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), no longer a Jedi Master but a bitter, old hermit, disenfranchised with his religion. He repeatedly told Rey (Daisy Ridley) the Jedi were a cult, arrogant and short-sighted, and they needed to end with him, as this attitude led to the rise of the Sith and eventually, the First Order.

As we know, she ignored him and persisted in opposing the likes of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), a decision that culminated in Luke's death as he helped the rebels escape their enemies on Crait. But just before Rey parted ways with Luke, she stole something very valuable from him: The sacred Jedi texts he had recovered from across the galaxy.

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Though Rey was clearly intent on using it to rebuild the Jedi Order, one thing eluded her; how could she decipher the texts? Well, in Poe Dameron #28 she just found a solution when it's revealed C-3PO is able to translate the material.

When Luke first introduced her to the texts during her training, it was obvious she'd need proper tutelage to understand them, which Luke himself admitted takes years. After Rey argued and left him to attempt to redeem Kylo, the Jedi decided to burn the books, something he was surprisingly encouraged to do by the Force Ghost of his own former mentor, Yoda.

This was all to break free from the shackles of the past, but when Luke hesitated, Yoda summoned lightning, burning the Jedi Tree (aka Luke's temple) himself, and supposedly, the books too; an act Luke quickly felt regret over. However, in the film's finale, it's revealed Rey actually hid the scrolls and books aboard the Millennium Falcon. As Issue #28 continues to elaborate on what Poe, Finn and Rey are going through after escaping Crait, C-3PO delivers a tutorial which could well and truly save the Resistance, and more importantly, the galaxy.

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After Threepio admonishes BB-8 and R2-D2 for disturbing him, we see the droid wanted his peace and quiet in order to work with Rey on translating key passages, a task he indicates he can do... more or less. He takes a read of one particular passage of ancient language she's interested in, and it's an important one surrounding the role the Light and the Dark Sides play when it comes to the overall balance of the Force.

It's somewhat similar to what Luke had begun to teach Rey, but she clearly recognizes its message is framed in a different context, with some subtle nuances stuck in -- and unbiased ones at that. Most importantly, it seems to be the principle she needs to fully understand if she's to go about rebuilding the Order.

"Ah. You know, I like that. Seems like a lovely place to begin," she tells the robot as he rattles off the translation to her, all before Soule's story wanders off to the rest of the crew. It may not be much, but it's the start of a crucial process. In the final shot of The Last Jedi, we saw a young stable boy on Canto Bight using the Force to move a broom, thus indicating Luke was indeed right. People across the galaxy could access the Force, it wasn't just limited to Jedi or Sith.

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It remains to be seen how Rey will go about recruiting new Jedi in J.J. Abrams' Episode IX, but certainly, the first step would be to become more versed in their ways herself. As it stands, right now she has the galactic Rosetta Stone in Threepio helping her level up so she can fulfill the dream Luke had and which Kylo extinguished. If she wants to upgrade and possibly become a master herself someday, then she'd need to know the contents of these texts inside out, so with a translator already in hand, hope has indeed been reignited for the rebels, as well as the Jedi legacy.

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