Not a lot of love for the catsuit round these parts this week. On Tumblr, Molly approached the outfit from a costumer’s perspective, and Ellen Hyde pointed out that it and the Jabba’s dancer outfit are the only Mara costumes recognized by the 501st – while you can get into the Rebel Legion with the green Visions of the Future getup, it’s not that many options. I realize the costuming organizations have to draw the line somewhere, but maybe the 501st will OK the Choices of One version one day?
But I do have a treat for you! Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss has generously shared with us a piece of Mara artwork from Pablo Hidalgo’s Essential Reader’s Companion, which is due out October 2. It’s by Darren Tan and shows Mara’s first encounter with the Yuuzhan Vong in Vector Prime – and no, she’s not in the catsuit. Check it out under the cut.
And give a big thanks to Erich for sharing it with us! The Essential Reader’s Companion will contain lots of new EU art from Tan, Chris Trevas, Jeff Carlisle, Chris Scalf and Brian Rood.
UPDATE on 8/27: After our commenters revealed that Mara Jade’s lightsaber in this image is not the likely one she would be using at this time, Erich announced at Celebration VI that Darren Tan will be updating the image with the Anakin/Luke blue lightsaber.