The Star Wars films haven’t been best known for their comedy but fans have often seen the funny side and tried to put the characters in amusing situations. One such fan, Kevin Rubio, went to the effort of making the now classic fan flick Troops, which was one of the first home-made Star Wars movies to win the blessing of George Lucas.
Now Rubio has a graphic novel out, collecting together the two stories he’s written about Tag and Bink: Tag & Bink are Dead and Tag & Bink II. Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna are a couple of officers aboard Princess Leia’s spaceship – the one that is captured by Darth Vader and his Star Destroyer at the beginning of the first Star Wars movie. Rather than be slaughtered by Vader’s soldiers, they slip into the uniforms of a couple of Stormtroopers and play along with their disguises, eventually finding themselves on the Death Star and in a whole heap of trouble.
Cleverly intertwined with the plot and characters of all six Star Wars movies, Tag & Bink injects a much-needed layer of comedy into the Star Wars saga, while staying completely reverential to the story.