Marvel's ever-expanding line of Star Wars comics is about to learn you something big. Benecio del Toro's never-named character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (known only as DJ, which stands for "don't join") will soon be receiving his own one-shot comic called Star Wars: DJ - Most Wanted.
The new comic will come from the team of Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and artist Kev Walker, and it will look to answer some of the many questions surrounding the mysterious slicer who ran across our heroes in the Canto Bight casino. What's with his stutter? How does he know so much about the First Order? What's the guy's real name? All of these mysteries are on the table.
In an interview with Marvel, the team talked about creating the comic and what we might expect. Their jumping-off point was getting an advance look at Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi script, which was full of details that didn't make it onto the screen. They also worked with the Lucasfilm Story Group, and as Blacker says, "the biggest thing we got from both the script and from Lucasfilm's Story Group was nailing down DJ's basic worldview. That was a guiding principle through several iterations of the comic script."
Where will we find him when the comic begins? As you may have guessed, he'll be on Canto Bight. That gluttonous haven for the galaxy's most despicably wealthy creatures was chock-full of story potential (a collection of four short stories has already been published about it), so the location is a perfect place for DJ to revel in the moral bankruptcy of it all. As Acker says, "Who wouldn't want to spend more time on Canto Bight?"
Is DJ himself aware of his own moral murkiness? Probably not, as Blacker adds, "he doesn't think he's causing trouble. He's just doing what he does."
DJ is different from the kind of heroes and villains we usually see in Star Wars, as he is truly only out for himself. According to Acker, "He's a twisty-turny guy, looking out for number one, and he's either a couple of steps ahead or behind at any given time. He's our first true scoundrel!" While Han Solo and Lando Calrissian have both adopted the moniker of scoundrel at times, they both tend to show their true heroic colors when the time calls for it. Even profit-obsessed characters like Hondo Ohnaka (from the animated shows) or Doctor Aphra (from the comics), have shown that they'll do the right thing when the mynocks hit the vaporator. DJ might be the first Star Wars scoundrel to never go in that direction.
This story is limited to a one-shot, but both Acker and Blacker are game for writing more for the character. However, while DJ's storyline (and Canto Bight in general) has proven to be a sticking point with some fans, the character and the location prove that whether it's a real war or a Star War, there will always be those who seek to profit by it. It is a pivotal step in the journey of John Boyega's Finn, as he can either adopt the "don't join" mantle of DJ or the selfless courage of Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico. Ultimately Finn goes with the latter, becoming true "rebel scum" at long last.
As for DJ, well, who knows what choices he will make? We really have no idea what to expect from him, and that will make reading this comic all the more fun. Star Wars: DJ - Most Wanted #1 will be available in both print and digital forms on Jan. 31. Will there be more of him after that? As he himself says, "It' all a machine, partner ..."