How Star Wars’ Most Powerful Monster Makes an Even Worse Weapon

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Warning: The following contains SPOILERS from Star Wars: Life Day #1, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

From the Wampa to the Rancor, Star Wars’ Original Trilogy was filled with some of the best monsters in the franchise. The one that took the cake, though, was the sarlacc that lived in the Great Pit of Carkoon. It was one of Jabba the Hutt’s favorite monsters, and feeding enemies to the beast was also one of the crime lord’s favorite methods of execution.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Star Wars: Life Day #1 showed that Sarlaccs could be even more terrifying… because they could be weaponized.

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In the new comic, Han Solo and Chewbacca went to the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu to celebrate Life Day, but Kanjiklub soon showed up to cause trouble. While dealing with the crime syndicate’s hired guns, Han had a series of flashbacks related to Life Day. During a particular flashback segment (by Steve Orlando, Paul Fry, Alex Sinclair and VC’s Ariana Maher), Han and Chewie found themselves on the planet of Lessa-7 where they encountered a Sarlacc.

The two of them were on Lessa-7 to meet a group of Trandoshans to buy explosives for Jabba the Hutt. The comic ended with Han and Chewie freeing Wookiee slaves, getting rid of the Trandoshans and taking the bombs. The explosives, however, weren’t simple bombs; they were also corrosive, chemical weapons. During their time on the planet, the Trandoshans explained to Han that they mined and refined their materials “from the gut of a sedated sarlacc.”

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Using the innards of a Sarlacc as a weapon is new to Star Wars, but it makes horrifyingly perfect sense. Victims who wound up inside of Sarlaccs were injected with immobilizing neurotoxins and digested for a millennium as the beasts slowly extracted nutrients from their prey. It was an incredibly painful, burning process. So, putting some of those toxins inside of a bomb made the weapon destructive on a chemical level. In fact, Han Solo got some of the toxic material on his vest in the Life Day #1 comic, and the toxin immediately ate through the fabric.

Being eaten away by the corrosive innards of a Sarlacc would be a terrible way to go, and to make matters worse, there doesn’t seem like a great defense again the toxics. Out of all Jabba’s execution victims, only one survived. Maybe it was thanks to his Mandalorian armor, or maybe he had help, but Boba Fett survived the Great Pit of Carkoon and lived to see another day. Hopefully, the coming Book of Boba Fett series will better explain how the famed bounty hunter survived the Sarlacc’s efforts to digest him.

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