WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars #70, by Greg Pak, Phil Noto and VC's Clayton Cowles, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
One of the more divisive points in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi came when Luke Skywalker revealed to Rey the Force wasn't limited to Jedi or Sith, and that they were selfish in hoarding the essence of life for themselves. The mystical energy was to be used by everyone, punctuated at the end by a young stable boy using the Force to move a broom.
That changed decades of lore, and in Marvel's latest Star Wars comic, we meet someone who clearly informed Luke's belief. What makes it all the more shocking is she turns out to be a mentor we never even knew young Skywalker had prior to the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
In the comic, Luke & Co. are on various missions in an effort to destabilize the Empire. While he's charged up from destroying the Death Star, he's still feeling the loss of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has led him to Sergia in the Inner Rim, in hopes of luring Imperial forces away from the Rebels. After a showdown in a cantina, Luke hijacks a speeder with a young woman who introduces herself as Warba Calip. He's taken aback because it turns out she wasn't cheating at the card game, which caused the melee, she was using Jedi mind tricks.
Luke is further startled when she's revealed not to be a Jedi; she views the Order as trouble, and she educates him on the Force as something everyone can harness. As they hide out in the planet's caves, she warns him the Force is a dangerous tool, which basically alludes to the corruption of the Dark Side. However, Luke can't believe an "average" person is doing what Warba does, and he comes off as a bit jealous, saying he has no choice -- he has to become a Jedi. It's that sense of duty and obligation that further ties into his disenchantment decades later, when we catch up with him on Ahch-To.
Luke begs Warba to teach him more about the Force, and she even mind-probes him to discern where he's from. Seeing as the inexperienced Luke can't "feel" out his allies, Warba promises to help train him. However, she says that could take weeks, so instead the set off to rob a bank for resources to speed up Luke's mission. It's apparent Warba doesn't really want to use the Force, except to survive, and she's attempting to save Luke from himself, sensing a destiny filled with tragedy.
Nonetheless, as they partner up, it's apparent how much she mirrors what's to come in The Last Jedi when Luke, as a hermit, denounces the arcane ways the Force was worshiped. Instead of being a repository of power to make someone a god, Warba tries to show Luke it's a simple tool to which they can attune. That's what he imparts to Rey years later.
The reverence of the Force may have skewed what it was intended for, and seeing Warba as this young, brash and shady master contrasts with the teachings of Obi-Wan, Qui-Got Jinn, Mace Windu and Yoda.
Star Wars #71 goes on sale Sept. 4.