Marvel is Adding Some Crazy New Stormtroopers to Star Wars Canon

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 - 1:30PM
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 - 1:30PM
Marvel is Adding Some Crazy New Stormtroopers to Star Wars Canon
Marvel's Star Wars comics have been a runaway success since the galaxy far far away returned to its original home. In fact, between the core Star Wars series, Darth Vader's story and the many other titles featuring the likes of Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian and Kanan Jarrus, Star Wars titles have regularly dominated Marvel's top sellers list. 

With the exception of some classic Sith-y moments in the Darth Vader series, it's the core Star Wars series has delivered the majority of the best moments so far. Currently wrapping up an arc which has seen Princess Leia working with Han Solo's (kind of) ex-wife, Marvel's Star Wars series is getting ready to move on to a new arc titled The Last Flight Of Harbinger. While not much is known about the upcoming story, we do at least know that this new arc will introduce a number of new 'Elite Stormtroopers' into Star Wars canon, and we're not quite sure how to feel about them.


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As seen in the concept art below, these new elite troopers will come in a number of different shapes and sizes, each with their own combat specialty. While some of these new troopers are actually really interesting, a couple of them feel somewhat overdone. Along with Sarge, the Scout and Sniper troopers are a nice twist on the traditional Stormtrooper, but it's when we get to the Bazooka and Tech troopers that things start getting weird.







I've actually been desperate to see some variations on traditional Stormtroopers for some time now, which is why I found that Rogue One footage so exciting. But where Rogue One's Death Troopers were a subtle yet exciting riff on the Imperial footsoldier, the Bazooka and Tech troopers feel like something out of a Nickelodeon cartoon. 

One of the things that made Dave Filoni's Star Wars: Clone Wars so successful was its ability to give the Clone Troopers their own personalities without having to do anything that drastic to their design. A number of these elite troopers, however, show a slightly different approach to creating variation.

Do these Elite Troopers really need to be the Star Wars equivalent of an NFL linebacker? It's also hard to imagine the Empire, with all its emphasis on uniformity, would ever commission Stormtroopers with a gadget bag, or a nifty little wrist-activated HUD, especially given their general disregard for their soldiers' lives.

Of course, I do appreciate that with this being a comicbook, certain things are going to need to jump off the page a little more than usual, but come on, a Stormtrooper that is essentially a glorified battering ram??

Design gripes aside, the details of the Elite Troopers' story actually sound really fun. We'll soon learn that this band of Elite soldiers are commanded by Agent 5241 aka Sergeant Kreel, the Imperial spy who was last seen helping and hindering Luke Skywalker during his trials at Grakkus the Hutt's gladiator arena. Thankfully, it looks like we'll actually get to see what's motivating the bodies behind that wacky armor. Jason Aaron, the man responsible for penning the series said that seeing Finn in The Force Awakens was a big inspiration for this particular arc.

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"The main thing I wanted to do was give more of a face to some of the stormtroopers," Aaron told StarWars.com. "We've seen lots of them in the series, but they've all been pretty interchangeable, faceless bad guys. We haven't gotten to know them. That was one of my favorite parts of The Force Awakens, getting to see and getting to know a real character who was a stormtrooper and somebody who, of course, has a conscience and changed his ways and joined up with the good guys. This is the opposite of that. It's us peering inside the heads of somebody who is very gung-ho for the Empire and then the question, of course, is 'Why? Why would you sign up to fight for the Empire?' That's something we'll answer over the course of the story. We wanted to put a face on those enemies and also create a formidable group of bad guys because they're up against our heroes,"
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