Marvel's Star Wars Comic Gives Us An Origin For Empire Strikes Back's Funniest Moment

Marvel's Star Wars Comic Gives Us an Origin for Empire Strikes Back's Funniest Moment

It's one of the greatest insults in sci-fi movie history: Princess Leia calling Han Solo a "stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder!" Now, Marvel's increasingly delightful Star Wars comic has given us an insight into just how the galaxy's most loveable smuggler earned that particular insult. Very minor spoilers ahead for Star Wars #17 by Jason Aaron, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho and Chris Eliopoulos.

In the current arc of the Star Wars comic, Luke and Han are out on a mission looking to buy more supplies for the Rebellion. Naturally, Han loses the Rebellion's money in a sabaac game, and the duo have to resort to smuggling to try and raise enough funds to actually buy supplies. Luke makes a deal on Nar Shaddaa, the smuggler's moon, much to Han's delight... until he finds out what the cargo they have agreed to transport is.

Marvel's Star Wars Comic Gives Us an Origin for Empire Strikes Back's Funniest Moment

Yup. That's Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, smuggling a herd of Nerfs. And being chased by Imperials for it, to boot. Illegal Nerfs!

Marvel's Star Wars Comic Gives Us an Origin for Empire Strikes Back's Funniest Moment

The most amazing thing about this bit of goofballery? It comes smack bang in the middle of an issue that sees Princess Leia being forced to grapple with the moral soul of the Rebel Alliance, and the ethical compromises that may have to be made in order to combat the Empire — all while a secret Rebel prison housing Imperial war criminals comes under attack from a mysterious group intent on killing rather than imprisoning the captives.

It's what makes these Star Wars books so bloody brilliant.


Comments

    fuck off Marvel. we don't need an origin for every piece of Star Wars minutiae.

      Trust me, jason aaron would have told them to fuck off if he was made to put it in, dudes just a fan and a brilliant writer, but i get wherr your vitriol comes from for sure ha

    Was part of the approved extended lore in the official books and the video games for a while. Basically a bison with an extra set of horns. Even with the reset... the illustrated books are still cannon from the prequels.
    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Nerf/Legends

    This was the lamest part of the issue. It made me cringe.

    My favourite part was the Twi'lek's question to Luke.

    Also, that Imperial executioner, his dialogue was great.

    Last edited 27/03/16 3:13 am

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