[blockquote]And Keralys, I disagree. This is like saying that we should have gotten the fact that Darth Vader is Luke's father out of the way in the opening crawl of the ESB. Or that we should have opened ROTJ with a scene depicting the Emperor's death and then worked backwards. [/blockquote] No, that's a strawman. [blockquote]You suggest you knew what the story was going to be, that you already knew Jag was Fel 1. That there was no mystery? Perhaps then Boba Matt you could then confirm who the first Imperial Knight is or who will be the mother of Fel's children? If you must already have the answers to these questions if you knew about Jag before #33......................You see where I'm going with this?[/blockquote] And that's a slippery slope. As far as how the novels portray it, firstly, it's probably not the central purpose of Fate of the Jedi to show how the Remnant becomes the Second Empire. It will probably occur as part of an ongoing character arc and to connect with the comics, but it's not likely the primary premise, as Mr. Ostrander notes. Further, it seems your problem is not with the comics, but with the novels. You're disappointed at how Invincible was handled, but there was nothing in the comics that interfered at all with anything that Denning might have written. He simply chose to address it as a footnote of sorts. Indications are that it won't be the case for FOTJ but even if it is, there's no reason a single line in #33 has anything to do with that. Their storytelling is their storytelling, and I highly doubt that DH is telling DR not to develop Jagged Fel. Especially since Jag's a DR character. Even though it was pretty obvious for most of us who the Fel emperors were descended from, it wasn't stated outright for the express reason of not stepping on DR's toes. When the comics first came out, Jag was a bounty hunter or something. I don't remember--but by this point in the story, there's no reason to deny it any longer. They do have reasons to keep silent about other things--and you'll notice that they have. I suspect that whether or not Jaina turns out to be the IWoD will be something addressed in the novels first. EDIT: And back to the Vader thing for a moment, another reason it works is that it's even MORE of a surprise to Luke, who's thought his whole life that his father was just a nobody. It's not like Sinde was telling Roan Fel a big secret--"Hey Your Majesty, ever wondered why you were born with a purple blankie and a cute widdle crown?"