|The Jedi - marked for death! Art by Roberto Campos @ Udon|
As a lead in to STAR WARS REBELS, AFICIONADO presents a series of images featuring characters, events and history linked to the ultimate creation of the Rebel Alliance against the Empire.
The Jedi, spread out across the universe in battle against the Separatists, have now never been more vulnerable. Fully revealed as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, the creature of hate and the Dark Side, previously disguised as the once "benevolent" Palpatine, initiates his secret ORDER 66 campaign via the Clone Troops, the supposed protectors of the galaxy, who quickly turn on their Jedi generals. The majority of the Jedi are soon slain in the most horrific of circumstances, but some have the fortitude and luck to escape the carnage, including venerable Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who, with Master Yoda, returns to Coruscant and its pitted Jedi Temple to send a frequency message into the galaxy, warning those friends and comrades that have survived, be they young or old, experienced or Padawan, to go into hiding. Now cursed and hated by the galaxy's populace, disappearing into legend and history, some Jedi will continue to be hunted down by the emerging presence of the vengeance fuelled Darth Vader. Others will never be found again, or cease the use of their natural powers temporarily or completely.
But the candle of light and heroism hasn't been fully extinguished. Certain individuals, in the years to come unhappy with the transmogrified state of the universe, will eventually return at the right time and place to challenge the might and menace of the newly formed Empire...