The Star Wars series has a habit of chopping off the limbs of anyone who can spare one, and now in comics, the series has really surpassed itself.
Warning: Spoilers on Star Wars: Doctor Aphra # 17!
In the juggernaut multimedia franchise, that is Star wars, the act of getting his limbs cut off is a long-standing gag that has become a regular feature of the series, and in the latest issue of Doctor Aphra, the idea of losing a pendant has just been taken to the next level. Suffice it to say, cut off one arm seems too tame for a series that can now claim to cut off a bunch of weapons at once, and then use them as surprisingly effective weapons afterwards.
As seen in Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra # 17, by Alyssa Wong and Minkyu Jung, addresses this issue after Doctor Chelli Aphra and her partner in crime, Sana Starros, come face to face with severed limbs with an acquaintance of Aphra’s grasping them. By naming herself as Aphra’s enemy, Kho Phon Farrus, Aphra immediately understands that they have entered into a kind of Kho’s ritual that even an experienced archaeologist like Aphra can not wrap her head around.
Aphra stumbles upon close to a dozen split arms, noting that Kho uses an Ascendant artifact or a piece of technology that mimics the power of the Force for non-Force-sensitive creatures, as a focal point in their ritual. And as Kho, Aphra and Sana Starros begin to embark on a dance of blaster fire and specialized technology, the idea of Star wars finally jumping over the shark when it comes to its severed arms is finally realized.
Obsessed with the Force and the Sith, despite not having any traits inherent in any of them, Kho somehow manages to soar every single severed arm in the area high into the air, confusing both Aphra and Sana. As Kho continues to throw them in quick succession in the duo, Kho escapes, and only Aphra realized afterwards that Kho was falsifying the use of force with some magnets attached to the underside of his arms, further bringing the series’ idea of derived limbs to levels. unheard of yet.
Behaves like an inside joke too Star wars fans for years (it has even found its way into many MCU movies as a nerd tribute), characters who get their extremities hacked off have been used in both major moments of the series – like when Luke’s hand is cut by Vader in The Empire Strikes Back – and under less character-building, as when Obi-Wan was portrayed as the villain he is after cutting Ponda Baba’s arm off in Mos Eisley Cantina in A new hope. And now, with this problem extrapolated to almost every incident with severed arm Star wars fans have seen in the franchise so far, things have clearly gone out of hand, puns completely intentional.
So even though it’s hard to imagine where Star wars can take this wildly disturbing motive after a cloud of severed arms has been used as an actual, pre-prepared weapon, and it’s still a wild sight to see a bunch of severed limbs fly towards our double protagonists. Star wars storytellers will probably always find a way to wiggle a severed arm or hand in whatever medium they tell their stories in, but top this disturbingly epic moment in Star wars lore is now one that will be hard to come by in the future.
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