Some interesting philosophical pondering!
Cover Art By: Tsuneo Sanda
Art By: Christopher Chuckry, Michael Taylor & Robert Teranishi
Written By: Jim Woodring
The Force is a tricky subject. it can be many things to many Star Wars fans, and within the Star Wars universe it has been many things as well. I’ll let you know right now, I don’t give two shits about what any creative forces have to say about their works in an out of universe fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I will listen to commentaries and interviews, but what the creator says in no way overrules what happens in-universe and the interpretation of the audience. I tell you this so that you understand where my view of the Force comes from. I’m not going to reveal that view quite yet, but I wanted to get that out of the way so that any of my future posts on the Force won’t be confusing in any way.
The above pertains to Life, Death, And The Living Force because it is a story about the Force. Or rather it is a story about one view of the Force. I like the quandary presented in the killing of a Squollyhawlk in self defense versus the murder of a Silan in cold blood. When the creative minds within the Star Wars universe are willing to address such ideas I am usually happiest. What type of entity declares it is in some way wrong to kill in self defense while okay to murder in cold blood? Why would someone choose to let such an entity guide their life and their actions? Life, Death, And The Living Force asks these questions in a direct manner and doesn’t provide a single answer.
Truth be told, Life, Death, And The Living Force isn’t all that original. Sure, it presents a nice moral quandary and asks questions of a major part of the Star Wars universe. But, these questions have been asked before and have been given more breadth. Life, Death, And The Living Force isn’t a story you want to avoid by any means, although the artwork is a smidge on the ugly side, but it’s a story that feels like a tiny chunk taken from much larger and better stories. There isn’t much to say about Life, Death, And The Living Force, because outside of the morality of the Force, the story doesn’t have much to offer. If you feel like it check Life, Death, And The Living Force out, but it’s not a story you need to run out and read.