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A Powerful, Glowing Star Wars Poster Is Like Poetry, It Rhymes

Two bookends of the life of Luke Skywalker, seen in crops of a new poster by Mark Englert.
Two bookends of the life of Luke Skywalker, seen in crops of a new poster by Mark Englert.
Image: Bottleneck/Acme
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When I first saw this brand new Star Wars poster, it made me emotional.

Now, I’m a big softie, especially when it comes to Star Wars and nostalgia. That’s important to know. But artist Mark Englert has so simply, so beautifully, captured two amazing moments in the life and death of Luke Skywalker that when I saw it, I got choked up. For real.

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io9 is honored to exclusively reveal The Destiny of a Jedi by Mark Englert. This 12 x 36 screenprint, a collaboration between Bottleneck Gallery and Acme Archives, will be released as a $50 timed edition starting at noon EST Tuesday October 13 until 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday October 18. The edition will be determined by how many are ordered.

Much like Englert’s Last Jedi poster, this one brings two unforgettable moments together. At first glance, you see this. The powerful moment in The Rise of Skywalker when Force Ghost Luke raises his X-Wing for Rey.

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The Destiny of the Jedi by Mark Englert, Regular view 1
Image: Bottleneck/Acme

Underneath that, exposed with glow in the dark inks, is the mirror of that moment: when Yoda brought that same X-Wing out of a Dagobah swamp, revealing to Luke the power of the Force

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The Destiny of the Jedi by Mark Englert, Regular view 2
Image: Bottleneck/Acme

Here’s a GIF that gives you a better idea.

The Destiny of the Jedi by Mark Englert
Image: Bottleneck/Acme
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Now, if you prefer The Empire Strikes Back version over The Rise of Skywalker, there’s also a variant edition limited to 150. It’s $60 and will go on sale at the same time

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The Destiny of the Jedi by Mark Englert, variant
Image: Bottleneck/Acme
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I’m not a fan of The Rise of Skywalker as a movie, but this poster definitely represents that promise of that film. On film, the emotional connection is certainly attempted but only partially achieved. This poster, with its multiple levels, feels like everything I hoped Episode IX would have been. Maybe that’s just me.

The poster will be available on the Bottleneck Gallery site.

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DISCUSSION

David-Simmons
David Simmons

The main problem with all of the Disney Sequels is that they promise more than they deliver. I wish I felt differently, but I’m glad that some people have found enjoyment in them.

Most of the references to the original films were clumsy and/or purely nostalgic and unnecessary, and the new material doesn’t mesh well across all three films because they clearly didn’t have a plan and allowed too many cooks in the kitchen.

Hopefully, they will learn from this and apply these lessons to future entries.