Friday, May 6, 2011

Star Wars EU Wish List: Garm Bel Iblis Novel

We are about to enter a new era in Star Wars publishing.  The comments of Del Rey's Star Wars Editor Shelly Shapiro at the Celebration V: Fate of the Jedi panel have become pretty well known, i.e. that after Fate of the Jedi (FotJ), Star Wars publishing will move away from the long series towards duologies and trilogies.  Along with duologies an trilogies it seems likely that we will see more stand alone novels. 

What stories or characters would you like to see take a turn in the SWEU spotlight?  In what I hope becomes a semi-regular feature on Lightsaber Rattling, I am going to make my wish list.  Exploring characters or storylines that I would I like to see expanded or revisited.

SWEU Wish List Character: Garm Bel Iblis

Bel Iblis always intrigued me as a new character introduced in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy.   The idea that he helped form the Rebel Alliance only to leave it over disputes with Mon Mothma, but continue wage his own private war against the Empire just seems ripe with story telling possibilities.  The concept of "Contemplanys Hermi" by which Bel Iblis withdrew Corellia from the Clone Wars making him one of the first to stand up to Chancellor Palpatine in his rise to power.  The fact that Bel Iblis became an Imperial Senator and spoke out publicly against the Empire before his family was killed is also  very compelling. 

Whether it is a more in-depth exploration of the founding of the Rebel Alliance or a tale of Iblis' private war against the Empire, he strikes me as a character who still has a story left to tell. 

The best part is that if you set it during the Dark Times, you could have Iblis waging his private war against the Empire off to the side of galaxy and not create a lot of major continuity headaches. 

The biggest concern is that currently on hold, Live Action TV show may be putting a freeze on any publishing during this era in order to avoid major continuity conflicts and force major ret-cons. 

Give me Garm!  Who is with me?

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