I’m not giving up today
There’s nothing getting in my way
And if you knock knock me over
I will get back up again
If something goes a little wrong
Well you can go ahead and bring it on
‘Cause if you knock knock me over
I will get back up again
One of my favorite songs to listen to when I’m feeling down is “Get Back Up Again” from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls. The song has a happy-go-lucky vibe that always has a way of brightening up my day. When reading Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Leia, the first of 5 comics, this song came to mind because Princess Leia not only has to pick herself back up over and over again, but she also has to maintain the morale and inspire the people who follow her lead.
In the comic, Leia, Han, and Hera Syndulla embark on a scavenging mission to locate much needed supplies and equipment. Along the way, Leia has difficulty controlling her tauntaun. In between, her narration takes the reader to events that happened at Hoth’s Rebel base 48, 24, and 8 hours prior to the scavenging mission. At one point, Leia falls off a cliff with her tauntaun, and after a few hurdles, the supplies are found and taken back to base.
Some people would look at the story to see how it fits into the bigger puzzle, but I enjoyed it more for the inspiring messages, like:
- “While we wait for better days, remember you’re not alone. The day we forget we have each other is the day we lose.”
- “How many times can you fall before considering not getting back up? Before asking yourself is today the day I give up?”
- “One thing I learned from fighting the Empire is that being a hero is not measured by physical strength. Even less so by size. True heroes are the ones who show up. True heroes will lose battles. But no matter how many times you’re beaten down don’t let it be the final stroke.”
- “In the end, people won’t remember how many times we fell. It’s okay to feel tired. It’s okay to feel weak. It’s okay to fall. But they’ll share the tale of that last time we got back up and stood. For good. The story of how, together, we resist. How, united, we rebel. How, as one, we can’t be stopped.”
And having watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi several times, each one of these bullets could be applied or tied to something that happened in the movie. “But they’ll share the tale of that last time we got back up and stood” immediately reminded me of the children from Canto Bight and how they were retelling the story of Luke Skywalker. “How many times can you fall before considering not getting back up? Before asking yourself is today the day I give up?” took me to the scene of Leia in space. That’s a day when she and the Force that exists within her refused to give up.
It was also great seeing Hera Syndulla. It makes me curious if she played a role in the Battle of Hoth or if she was assigned elsewhere immediately following the scavenging mission. It’s strange not seeing her with the rest of the Ghost crew, but maybe whoever’s still around is in the Ghost (or Phantom) back at the base or on some other mission.
Overall, I thought it was a delightful start to the Forces of Destiny comic book series. I loved the art and the use of colors. One moment is pink, and at another, it’s orange. It was visually appealing. In terms of the story, there might have been a bit too much happening for the average younger reader, especially when you compare it to the Forces of Destiny shorts. Those came across as short and simple, while this particular story jumped back and forth between the past and present. That said, it was an enjoyable and inspirational read.
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