New Star Wars fan art sees Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker battling undead stormtroopers who may have been infected with an ancient Sith virus.
Legendary Jedi Master Luke Skywalker takes on the “Death” Troopers in an epic new play star wars fan art. George Lucas’ A new hope introduced audiences to Mark Hamill’s humble moisture farmer on the fictional desert planet of Tatooine. This first film saw “Old Ben”, aka Obi-Wan Kenobi, drag young Luke into the Rebel Alliance’s fight against the Galactic Empire, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, whose totalitarian agenda is enforced by battalions of stormtroopers with a terribly famous objective.
As the main protagonist of the original trilogy, Luke de Hamill seemingly became the face of star wars alongside his deceased father and those infantrymen in white plates. Following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, Hamill reprized her role in the star wars sequel trilogy, The Mandalorianand Boba Fett’s Book (thanks to the ever-evolving use of body doubles and CGI). Taking place directly after the original trilogy – as opposed to decades later – the Disney+ shows offered fans a look at Luke Skywalker in his heyday as he quickly worked through Dark Troopers and trained Grogu/Baby Yoda. Still, there’s a lot audiences haven’t seen Luke do. For example, the Jedi Master has yet to fight the undead stormtroopers.
digital artist Tilian_creative recently shared exciting art that sees Luke face off against a new kind of enemy. The play finds the Jedi Master wielding his green lightsaber against a handful of Death Troopers, their blood being used to write the word “Zombieson the floor. Check it out below:
The art above plays on a concept that exists not only in all mediums, but also in the galaxy far, far away. In 2009, Joe Schreiber actually wrote a star wars novel of legends titled soldiers of deathwhich takes place a year before A new hope and follows two brothers who are taken prisoner and ultimately must deal with stormtroopers infected with a Sith plague dating back to the Old Republic. In 2014 Death Troopers were canonized in mobile gaming Star Wars: Commander. However, they were renamed “Undead Troopers” to avoid confusion with an elite stealth-focused variant of stormtroopers known as Death troopers seen in projects like Rebels, Rogue One, and The Mandalorian.
Popular culture has long been obsessed with reanimated corpses, a fad that has been reset by media including zombieland and The Walking Dead. Last year, Marvel Studios freely adapted a limited comic book series, Marvel Zombiesin an episode of Disney+ What if…?. This episode apparently led to the creation of a real Marvel Zombies animated show, which is currently in development. As Disney/Lucasfilm continues to expand the star wars universe on Disney+, it’s not hard to imagine a single episode of one of their upcoming series exploring the idea of Death Troopers. However, it is unlikely that Luke will be the one to get rid of it.
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