As the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opens nationwide this Friday, Dec. 15th (oh, you haven’t heard? 😉 ), it was perfect timing that my husband recently brought home a new Star Wars comic… featuring Jocasta Nu, the Jedi librarian! He was very excited to show me this issue. Below is the cover of this new comics issue, Darth Vader 9: The Dying Light, Part III, featuring the Jedi librarian vs. Darth Vader!
Protecting the archives
Here’s the plot summary for this issue:
Jocasta Nu gets to bust some badass moves using her light saber, although the Grand Inquisitor taunts her with this line:
“I thought it would be so easy. After all, they didn’t stick you in the library because of your combat skills.”
Librarian stereotypes and skills
This issue plays off librarian stereotypical traits and behaviors, like hoarding information and enforcing rules and regulations:
But the Jedi librarian also gets to highlight positive librarian skills and traits, including ethical use of information and the vital skills of finding information and navigating complex collections and systems.
She also recognizes that she is valuable to the Dark Side for those very skills, as when she says to Darth Vader:
“I know why you want me alive. You want my secrets, and the secrets in this archive. It is too vast to be easily navigated without assistance, after all.”
Ultimately, Jocasta Nu showcases her sense of ethics and personal responsibility — as well as her survival skills! (SPOILER: She lives to fight another day… at least until the next issue in the comics series.) For me, reading this comics issues went a long way to redeeming her portrayal and epic reference interview fail in 2002’s Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Want more Jedi librarian fun?
I have written before about Jocasta Nu here in this 2013 “The Jedi librarian” post, which also got mentioned and linked in a Washington Post article this past spring.
I noted at the end of that 2013 post that Jocasta Nu made a reappearance in the 2005 video game version of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, as well as earned her own action figure. She has also since appeared in several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Jocasta Nu also is featured in other Darth Vader comics issues, 6-10, but please note that this issue is the only one I’ve read.
Have you read the other Darth Vader comics or Clone Wars episodes that feature Jocasta Nu? Please leave a comment and share!
Soule, Charles (w), Guiseppe Camuncoli (p), Daniele Orlandini (i), and David Curiel (c). “The Dying Light: Part III.” Darth Vader #9 (Feb. 2018), Marvel.