Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: Visions #1
In a new Star Wars: Visions one-shot from Marvel Comics, a new type of clone trooper has been revealed resembling ancient samurai in this alternate version of the Star Wars galaxy. Inspired by Fuedal Japan, Star Wars Visions #1 continues the adventures of the Ronin as he faces a former Jedi shogun. As such, these new samurai clone troopers are quite fitting for this non-canon yet very dynamic take on the galaxy far, far away.
Starting out as an animated anthology series on Disney+, Lucasfilm has expanded Star Wars: Visions and its anime-styled stories into new mediums such as novels and now, comics. Likewise, a particular focus has been placed on the former Sith warrior known as The Ronin who starred in the episode entitled « The Duel ». Now, Star Wars: Visions #1 features a new story from original episode writer and artist Takashi Okazaki, continuing the Ronin’s journey to destroy every Sith Lord he can find, being a former Sith himself who’s since defected and turned against his fellow dark side warriors.
After battling a band of thieves who were unfortunate enough to cross the Ronin, the former Sith recovers in a secret hot spring. However, he’s soon met by a blind old man who reveals he was once a shogun during the great war. Thanks to a flashback, it’s revealed that this past conflict was this universe’s version of the canonical Clone Wars. As such, new clone troopers are revealed with modified versions of their classic helmets and armor, making them look more like the ancient samurai warriors who followed the bushido code.
These visually epic samurai troopers combined with the reveal that the shogun is none other than Jedi Master Mace Windu make a very strong argument: Lucasfilm needs to develop a full spin-off series from Star Wars: Visions that solely focuses on the Ronin and this Edo-period version of the galaxy. The aesthetic blends perfectly with the classic Star Wars sci-fi elements, especially considering how much of the actual Skywalker saga was based on the works of Akira Kurosawa (known for his various samurai films).
At any rate, time will tell if the Ronin’s story will continue following this new one-shot. While his encounter with a shogun version of Mace Windu who survived Emperor Palpatine is very exciting on its own, the samurai-styled clones certainly take the cake in this new comic, creating hope that more stories might be told in the future, perhaps even going beyond the Ronin. Star Wars: Visions #1 is on sale now.