You don’t think the two of us tackling a whole fortress full of unknown enemies is giving us too much of an advantage, do you?
The Lake of Apparitions was neither warm nor cold, still nor roiling. It simply was, beyond time and sensation, beyond fear or desire or duty. It embodied surrender and attainment, death and immortality, and Luke had never felt more ready to slip below its dark surface and join his beloved Mara, to wrap herself in her liquid embrace and let the Depths of Eternity wash away the anguish of his wounds, the ache of his lonely despair.
But something would not let him sink.
"Not yet, Skywalker."
The voice was warm and familiar , and it came from beside Luke. He turned to find Mara’s face breaking the surface of the water. Then he saw a hand gripping the back of his biceps and realized that she was floating beneath him, preventing him from sinking.
"Mara, it’s okay," Luke said. "I’m ready. I want to be with you."
I don’t know what I dread more: Mara Jade being retconned out of existence in SW VII or Mara Jade having lived but being dead in SW VII.
SW without Mara Jade is really weird, because for me she was always there. When my friends made me watch the Trilogy when I was a kid, I bought the Thrawn Trilogy 2 days after watching Ep VI. So in my mind she was always part of the saga.
Yeah, I stopped reading the EU when I heard that they had killed Mara because that is really a stupid stupid thing to do, killing one of the most beloved characters with so much potential. But the Timothy Zahn books will always be SW canon to me.
How am I supposed to be interested in bland Luke if there’s no sassy ex-assassin to call him “farmboy” and ride him like a bull? Luke without Mara is like Clark without Lois - cute and honorable and stuff but kinda boring…
All things considered, I guess I still prefer Mara not existing to Mara being dead in Ep VII. There’s nothing more predictable and offensive than the hero’s fridged wife.
Okay, I like Luke without Mara Jade (& for that matter I’d take Mara Jade without the Skywalker attached to her name so long as she IS Mara Jade because she stands alone as an interesting character in her own right), but her always being part of the saga is so true for me too.
I didn’t watch the Original Trilogy until I was 16 and then I pretty much immediately dove into the books, starting with Courtship of Princess Leia I think, but then the Thrawn trilogy and then Mara Jade was my girl, and my favorite character in Star Wars.
Mostly I want her to exist in this new universe. Not some fake Mara Jade, I want real, actual Mara Jade. I’m not expecting it. But my enthusiasm for new Star Wars stuff will be so much greater if Mara Jade is a part of it.
By The Emperor’s Hand #6. This is one of my favorite Mara Jade images ever. Carlos Ezquerra’s interior artwork for this series is really not a great fit for the character, but Killian Plunkett’s covers are pretty amazing, even if there was far too much catsuit. But this one is, above and beyond, my favorite. So much so that when I couldn’t find a decent scan online, I riffled through my closet comic boxes and scanned it up myself. Enjoy!