ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Kit Simpson Browne

Now, when it comes to devastating sadness, the Star Wars saga has more than its fair share. Whether its the pure trauma of The Empire Strikes Back's final moments, the agonizing fall from grace of Anakin Skywalker, or even small, subtle moments like an Ewok trying to wake up its fallen comrade during the assault on the Empire's Endor bunker, Star Wars has long-since proven its capacity to break our hearts into tiny, fractured pieces.

For online comic-book artist Daniel Warren Johnson, however, there was only ever one scene that was truly, absolutely heart-rending: the moment of nameless, solitary loss as an unnamed A-Wing pilot plunges into the bridge of a Super Star Destroyer in Return of the Jedi, leaving...well, you can watch it again for yourself right here:

The beautiful thing about being a comic-book artist, though? You can turn that moment of epic existential grief into something astonishingly beautiful.

Which, of course, Johnson absolutely did.

Steel yourself, though, because it's even more emotionally grueling than the scene in the movie. Which makes sense, since it obviously means a whole, whole lot to Johnson:

"For some reason, this A wing pilot MOVED me. Everything about this part of Return of the Jedi made me want to DRAW and CREATE. This is a fan fiction comic I made in April, just because I love this scene and I love comics. I was originally going to only have this story in print with me at shows, but I want as many people to see it as possible. There’s a big part of me in these eleven pages, I hope you can see it."

So, weeping sleeves at the ready?

Let's do this:

I mean...


Holy Crap...

Even just that one panel...

...and I am done. Can someone please make sure that Daniel Warren Johnson isn't allowed anywhere near the production process for Episode VII, because otherwise I will just straight up cry for two and a half hours.

I mean, it's suddenly not at all surprising that he's already worked with Image, Dark Horse and DC...

Speaking of which: Marvel, if you're reading this? Get that man on board a Star Wars comic, like, yesterday...

In the meantime, though, you can read more of Johnson's work - and his creator owned series Space-Mullet! - right here. Y'know, once the weeping has subsided.

What do you think, though?



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