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Star Wars Reveals An Imperial Weapon More Important Than the Death Star

Warning! Contains a preview of Star Wars #23

In the Star Wars universe, the Death Star is held up as one of the most powerful weapons that ever existed. But when it comes to the Empire maintaining its grip on the galaxy, public relations might just be more important.

Marvel’s Star Wars comics are currently involved in a crossover event titled Crimson Reign, which follows up on the previous crossover War of the Bounty Hunters. Taking place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the event mainly focuses on the character Qi’ra and the criminal organization Crimson Dawn. Qi’ra hopes to take down the Sith using Crimson Dawn’s resources, and has reaches out to Leia and the Rebellion to accomplish this goal. As a show of good faith, Qi’ra shares the location of an an Imperial Commander by the name of Zahra, a protege of the late Grand Moff Tarkin who has been hunting the Rebels after the Battle of Hoth. Eventually Zahra is surrounded by a Rebel fleet and she has no plans of surrendering.

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In the upcoming issue Star Wars #23, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Ramon Rosanas, Commander Zahra attempts to take on the fleet with a single Star Destroyer. She tells the Communications Division that they have the most important job in the battle. Having proper backup and thoroughly destroying the enemy is not the top priority for her. The important thing is the message and information that gets out about the battle so it spreads far and wide across the galaxy. People need to understand just how powerful the Empire really is. “We will not just defeat the Rebels,” she says. “We will embarrass them. Demoralize them.” Eliminating the Rebel leaders is secondary to this goal. In order for this to happen, good public relations will always be the most important thing for the Empire. Check out the preview pages for Star Wars #23 below:

This trend is increasingly scary as seen in the real life rise of fascism. Dictators, like the Emperor, use the media and state controlled news sources to filter what information reaches the populace. The Star Wars galaxy is no different as the Empire uses posters and radio broadcasts to dampen the public spirits. The truth is that the Rebels will never have the numbers to beat the Empire outright. They need to win over the hearts and minds of the people. But if their message never gets out there, then the Empire will always have a grip on the public spirit.

The Death Star was certainly important for a number of reasons. For one, it provided the Empire with the ability to destroy an entire planet. But even more than that, the Death Star would instill fear throughout the galaxy. It is fear that is the Empire’s ultimate goal, as well as the Sith’s. It is through fear that they rule and retain control over their territory. A Communications Division is constantly seeking to spread and maximize this fear in new and unique ways. So in this regard, the Death Star can only do so much to spread that fear, while good public relations is constantly doing it all the time. Star Wars #23 goes on sale May 4.

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