In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, longtime fans of the franchise will be introduced to a number of important new characters—General Hux, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma on the First Order, and Finn, Rey and Poe Dameron on the Resistance. To better acquaint us with these characters, the new issue of Empire Magazine (out on newsstands next week) will sport two different Star Wars-themed covers.
The Resistance cover features the three new characters on Jakku, a desert planet where scavengers loot old ships. The same cover also gives us a look at BB-8, an army of TIE Fighters, and the Millennium Falcon, which is looking pretty janky at this point.
The First Order cover gives us a pretty good look at the dark side of The Force Awakens. Ren has his controversial cross guard lightsaber drawn, while Captain Phasma is locked and loaded. It’s hard to tell, but this could be from a launching bay in the Starkiller base, which we seemed to get a quick glimpse at in the recent trailers. In addition to some TIE Fighers taking off, there are some Stormtroopers at the ready, likely waiting for their next orders.
These are some pretty innocuous covers, and don’t appear to reveal anything new. They don’t, for example, show Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia, nor do we see Snoke, Maz, or even Max von Snydow’s character, who has still yet to be revealed. But the photos are still notable for a few things.
One, the Stormtroopers on the First Order cover are the old design from the original trilogy; and two, the Millennium Falcon still has the old communication satellite. As we saw in the new trailers, Han Solo’s famous spacecraft (which is a character in and of itself) has a more rectangular replacement, which was put on following damage it took during the Battle of Endor.
I also wonder if the positioning of the three characters means anything. Finn for Captain Phasma, Rey for Ren, and Poe Dameron for General Hux. It could indicate their importance to the overall story, or it could be nothing at all. These covers are kind of all over the place, showing some old stuff with the new. We’re not sure if that was on purpose, but there you go.
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