Controversy ensues from new book Star Wars: Aftermath


Devin Vaudreuil, writer

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . or so the story goes.

The original story bridges three long movies (prequels are optional for plot), and are about the gradual destruction of the mighty Imperial empire by the rag-tag group of rebels who call themselves the Rebel Alliance.

The story’s main protagonist, Luke Skywalker, is orphaned and raised by his aunt and uncle on the desert planet of Tatooine. After a long series of events, with the help of the Jedi Obi wan Kanobe; Han Solo and Chewbacca, two smugglers; and C-3PO and R2D2, two comical droids; Luke becomes the leader of the alliance.

Eventually, he topples the head of the Empire by blowing up two Death Stars: moon-sized space stations capable of destroying planets.

But the battle is far from over. In Starwars: Aftermath, written by Chuck Wendig and published in September 2015, the Imperial navy regroups over the planet of Akiva to strategize a strike on the Alliance.

Unbeknownst to them, their secret meeting hasn’t gone unnoticed by a member of the planet’s surface, Nova, who will do anything she can to stop the Empire from regaining its foothold.

With the help of a few allies, she sets out on a dangerous mission to crumble the remnants of the once mighty Imperial force.

There has been a lot of controversy over Starwars: Aftermath because the author has placed three cannon gay characters as some of the top characters. This series is also meant to replace the Starwars Expanded Universe, and the books follow after the end of the original trilogy (episodes 4, 5 and 6).