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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The lighter side of Star Wars.....

Who ever said that the Star Wars universe is solely focusing on the fight between good and evil, Jedi vs Sith hullabaloo, relentless lightsaber fighting and the violent exchange of blaster lasers? If Jay & Silent Bob provided us the comical referencing of Star Wars through their constant nod to Lucas' universe in their movies (i.e. Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy etc.), then the comic/graphic counterpart/equivalent of Star Wars parody should be Tag & Bink.
Tag and Bink are the main characters in a comedic series of Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars spoof comic books. The two first meet when they are found to have Padawan potential and these two supposedly Jedi in training haphazardly/accidently cause all the pivotal events in the Star Wars universe. They are portrayed as deliberately or accidentally influencing the events seen in the first and second film trilogies. Their accidental meddling also give readers some insights of the inconsistent and illogical events of the series. The reviews of their only 3 comic book adventures (so far) are as below, taken off wikipedia's page:
Tag and Bink Are Dead (#1)
Tag and Bink are two soldiers aboard the Rebellion flagship Tantive IV when the Star Destroyer Devastator captures it. After almost being captured, they dress up as stormtroopers and get transported to the Death Star. They try to leave by stealing TIE fighters... twice. Darth Vader realizes his need for two TIE pilots as wingmen for his fight against the Rebel starfighters attacking the space station. As the comic illustrates, it is not the Millennium Falcon's fault that Vader is almost killed in the trenches of the Death Star, but due to Tag and Bink's lousy piloting.

Although the two TIE fighters they appeared to be in were destroyed, the next comic states they were in factin the background when Vader selected two pilots, and that they stole an Imperial landing craft and escaped from the Death Star moments before it exploded.

Tag and Bink Are Dead (#2)
The adventures of Tag and Bink continue as they venture through the events of the Star Wars original trilogy, meeting up with allies such as Lando Calrissian, villains such as Boba Fett, and the evil Emperor Palpatine. Tag and Bink eventually find themselves trapped on the Death Star II dressed as the Emperor's Royal Guards. After the confrontation between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, the Rebels manage to destroy the Death Star II, killing Tag and Bink in the process (hence the title). Tag and Bink manage to live on as Force ghosts. Later to realize that they are trapped in purgatory.

Tag and Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace
This issue is a prequel to the previous Tag and Bink Are Dead issues. Tag and Bink are shown as children, haplessly trying to become Jedi with Master Yoda. They find Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala in a restaurant, as seen in Attack of the Clones, and later secretly gives tips to Anakin on how to keep his relationship with Padmé. Anakin eventually leaves Tag and Bink stranded on Naboo when he goes to Tatooine. It takes them three years to get back to the Jedi Temple, just in time to see clone troopers end the Jedi Order. They are confronted by the newly-formed Darth Vader, who spares them due to their past association, but they are told to give up their Jedi lives and move on. They do so. Tag and Bink Are Dead takes place about 20 years later.

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