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SCAR Squadron, clockwise from top: Shrap, Aero, Mic, Misty, Kreel, Cav, Zuke

From pretty much the beginning of 1977’s “Star Wars,” fans have formed generally less-than-favorable opinions about the Empire’s stormtroopers. They’ve earned a reputation at being cannon fodder that rarely hits their target. This real world opinion has also crept into actual Star Wars canon, specifically in last week’s “Star Wars” #21.

The comic from writer Jason Aaron and artist Jorge Molina does a lot to change the reputation of the stormtroopers by introducing the Special Commando Advanced Recon troopers – or SCAR troopers. Unlike stormtroopers, this team (called the Scar Squadron or Task Force 99) is highly trained and dangerously competent and has one mission: eliminate rebels, or “terrorists” as the SCAR troopers call them. And, as seen in the issue, the team is really good at their job.

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Today is the end of the Republic. The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder. 

At this very moment in a system far from here, the New Republic lies to the galaxy while secretly supporting the treachery of the loathsome Resistance. 

This fierce machine which you have built, upon which we stand will bring an end to the Senate, to their cherished fleet. 

All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!