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Comic #600

1 {scene: On board the Millennium Falcon. Chewbacca and the droids are playing holographic chess in the background.}
1 Luke: You don't believe in the Force, do you?
1 Han: Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other.
2 Han: I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything.
3 Obi-Wan: Captain Solo, how old are you?
3 Han: Late 30s. Why?
4 Obi-Wan: You don't remember 20 years ago, how the Jedi used the Force to keep peace across the entire galaxy, the Clone Wars, and the rise of the Dark Side?

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What was Han doing back then that he doesn't seem to remember any of that portion of galactic history? Tripped out on some sort of exotic space-spice, or something, probably.

600 strips. Whew.

Yeah, okay. According to the "canonical" book A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Han Solo is 29 years old at the time he met Luke and Obi-Wan, and the Clone Wars occurred six years before he was born.

This is clearly a timeline that was created before Lucas started writing the prequels. It also had C-3PO being activated 112 years before A New Hope. Since we now know Anakin built C-3PO, that backdates him to being a bit over 80 when the Clone Wars ended and almost 100 when he fathered Luke and Leia (with the 110+ year old Amidala). Apparently high midichlorian count is the key to youthful appearance and sexual vigour.

Thanks to the many, many, many readers who pointed out the apparent inconsistency in my comic, and Steven Erhbar who was the only one brave enough to point out the screaming inconsistencies in the canonical timeline.

2013-09-28 Rerun commentary: Of course now the official timeline has been retconned to agree with the prequels. Han Solo is still canonically 29 years old at the time of the events of A New Hope, which makes him 10 years old when the events of Revenge of the Sith occur.

It's certainly not out of the question that an active 10-year-old might have heard at least something about the enormous war engulfing the entire Galaxy at the time. Although granted the exact nature of the events and the role of the Jedi and the Force in it all may have been a bit obscured.

So maybe there's a feasible explanation for why Han seems clueless about the Force. Ah well. This comic's done and dusted anyway.

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