The closing moments of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sees Rey adopt the Skywalker name before proceeding to ignite a yellow lightsaber. It’s certainly a scene that got people discussing and debating. Why is her lightsaber yellow as opposed to the blue and green ones usually held by the Jedi? It could, of course, symbolise the breaking of customs or the forging of a new path.
That said, while the yellow lightsaber is unique to the big screen, it’s something we’ve seen before in the extended Star Wars canon, namely in the animated series The Clone Wars. There a group within the Jedi Order known as the Sentinels (a school of thought that sought a balance between practical skills and knowledge of the Force) wielded yellow lightsabers.
Interestingly enough, a new Star Wars comic has revealed that Luke Skywalker too once wielded a yellow lightsaber. Thus far, whether in the movies or extended canon, we’ve only ever seen Luke wield his father’s blue lightsaber and also the green one he constructed himself after the events of Empire Strikes Back.
But the upcoming Marvel Comic Star Wars #6 (which is part of the official canon), features young Luke Skywalker on the cover wielding a yellow lightsaber. This story is set after the events of Empire Strikes Back when Luke heads back to Bespin in search of the blue lightsaber he had just lost after the battle with Darth Vader in which he learns the truth about his lineage. This comic book series also promises to reveal how Anakin’s blue lightsaber came to the possession of Maz Kanata.
Marvel’s description of of Star Wars #6:
Set after the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, writer Charles Soule and artist Jesús Saiz are currently telling the previously unseen adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and the Rebel Alliance in Marvel’s ongoing comic series, STAR WARS. With this exciting new era underway, some of the franchises’ longstanding mysteries are being spotlighted including what happened to the lightsaber Luke lost in his climatic duel with Darth Vader in Cloud City. While the results of Luke’s search remain to be seen, it would appear he eventually obtains a replacement… See the young Jedi ignite a never-before-seen yellow lightsaber on R.B. Silva’s STAR WARS #6 cover below and learn more when this issue hits stands this May!