We know that Luke Skywalker was one badass Jedi by the conclusion of the original trilogy. But apparently, that was just the tip of the iceberg. In Ken Liu’s new Star Wars novel, fans will be treated to a series of myths and tall-tales involving Mark Hamill’s Jedi Master. The Legends of Luke Skywalker is available for purchase now, and it looks to include some new insight into Luke’s breathtaking abilities.
Liu’s book is considered canon, but all of its stories are told through the lens of a cargo crew bound for Canto Bight – the same city in which Finn and Rose begin their “dark mission” during Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
YouTube channel Star Wars Theory recently uncovered some new details from Liu’s novel which reveal that Jedi Luke is able to bring down entire Star Destroyers using only the Force. Remember all those derelict wrecks scattered across the Jakku desert? Turns out Luke may have been the one responsible for bringing the Empire’s fleet out of the sky.
In the story, an imperial gunner on a Star Destroyer recalls the terrifying moment he sees a hologram of Luke just before the ship crashes out of the sky. In the book he says:
“The bridge went dark. The overhead lights, the view screens, the blinking lights on the banks of consoles. Even the emergency lighting strips on the floor. All around us was the darkness of space…I saw that the bridge windows were rapidly filling with expanding columns of energy… A jolt, as if the entire Star Destroyer had been picked up by a giant hand and slammed against the ground. The ship slowed, drifted, stopped and then the stark lifeless surface of Jakku swung into view, filling the windows, and we fell, we fell.
This gives us a glimpse into one major event that Luke was involved in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. And though it is hard to imagine the once Farmboy Luke pulling a giant metal piece of pizza out of the sky, this may give us a glimpse into what we may see from Luke in The Last Jedi.
This story reminds me a lot of a sequence from the Lucasarts Video Game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Below, I embedded a clip of Starkiller bringing down a Star Destroyer with the Force, now just picture Luke in his place pulling down ship after ship in the battle for Jakku