Dark Horse Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories #4 Thoughts

My rhymes are not as quirky as the not-so-timely Hyperspace Stories #4 issue, which arrived three months late as a holiday present for Star Wars comic fans. But that is OK! Because the spirit and message of Life Day, just like many real-world holidays, can be spread year-round. 

The Story

Rey gets more than she bargained for on Life Day | credit Lucasfilm ltd.

Like the previous Hyperspace Stories #3, this issue occurs between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker and at least a year before the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (let’s go ahead and accept that as canon). Rey accompanies Chewie to Kashyyyk for Life Day to meet his family. Unbeknown to either Rey or Chewie, a bounty hunter is on their tail to bring Rey to Kylo Ren.

While on Kashyyyk, Rey meets Chewie’s son Lumpawaroo and learns that Life Day is also about celebrating loved ones who have passed. She notices a familiar young Wookiee looking at a projection of her father by the Life Day tree.

The bounty hunter, a blue Twi’lek named Mwarr, takes a shot at Rey in front of a bunch of Wookiees. And the chase is on, leading to a confrontation on a cliff with Mwarr, Rey, Chewie, and Lumpy. Somehow Mwarr can detain two Wookiees and a Jedi. Fortunately, Viiveenn was also following the group and jumps Mwarr, sending the two off the cliff in an unfortunate mirror of what happened to Viiveen’s father in issue #1. 

Rey, Chewie, and Lumpy save both Viiveenn and Mwarr. Mwarr, giving up her bounty pursuit, joins everyone for Life Day celebrations. All is forgiven, I guess.  

And the little Wookiee doll? We have come full circle as Rey gives Viiveenn the doll, telling her the Force keeps telling her that the Wookiee should have it. And the doll is officially back with its original owner, giving Viiveenn another treasure to remember her father.

The story’s structure pairs the dialogue bubble with a caption telling the tale in rhyme, like Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas (Twas the Night Before Christmas).

Overall, this sweet story does not shy away from dealing with loss over a holiday. However, a few things in here don’t quite connect. Of course, there would be a bounty on Rey from Kylo Ren; however, given the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo did not want Rey dead, so the blaster fire makes zero sense. Also, how would Rey know Viiveen’s name without conversing with her? 

These are things that the comic’s intended audience likely won’t pick up, and what’s left is a worthy addition to the series and a good standalone for the holidays.

The Characters

Lumpy continues his canon appearances | credit Lucasfilm ltd.

This story adds nothing to Rey or Chewie’s character, so let’s focus on Mwraa, Lumpy, and Viiveenn. Mwraa is as forgettable as the random Imperial and First Order officers we have seen in previous issues. I feel like there was a missed opportunity to bring in a bounty hunter already introduced in publishing or even one of the surviving bounty hunters from The Clone Wars, like Latts Razzi. That would at least make these stories more relevant to the overall canon and reward canon junkies.

Lumpy is still new to canon but not new to Star Wars, thanks to the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Viiveenn was introduced in the first issue of the series. It is unclear how old both are, but these are two Wookiees who I would love to see in other mediums. 

As old as the Star Wars franchise is, we should have more Wookiee characters that are named and have had impactful narratives. We just got Black Krrstantan in live-action form in The Book of Boba Fett, who went on a genuine character arc and who we should see again in the MandoVerse. And we have Gungi, a Youngling from The Clone Wars who returned in The Bad Batch. But there is plenty of room for others. Star Wars does love family sagas, so it is not a leap to assume we could get more Lumpy stories, but I opt for more Viiveenn stories. She is the only new character in this series that has appeared in multiple issues (and who the overarching series narrative revolves around).

At the very least, we could see Viiveenn’s journey from issue #1 to issue #4. But for now, the little Wookiee doll’s journey has ended, so curious to see if there is another connective tissue through the rest of the issues.

Canon Contributions

Disney might not rest until every Star Wars fan has a Life Day ball in their home | Lucasfilm ltd.

Life Day continues to be a growing holiday within the Star Wars universe and is used by Lucasfilm more in various content. The reason is apparent: it is a marketable holiday that can be tied to real-world holidays like Christmas for merchandise opportunities. And because there is so much death and tragedy in Star Wars, Life Day presents an excellent way for young Star Wars fans to deal with celebration amongst loss.