New The Mandalorian fan art gives the most recent episode, "The Siege", a cool poster designed as a weathered, retro poster from the 1980s.
An old school style poster has appeared online for the latest episode of the hit Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian. The fourth episode of season two, titled 'Chapter 12: The Siege', premiered on the streaming platform last Friday. It was a high octane, action packed episode of the hugely popular Disney+ show. Continuing the story of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascel), the mysterious titular character within the Star Wars universe, this latest offering saw him seek out old friends Greef Carga (Carl Weathers, who also directed the episode) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano) for a helping hand on the planet of Nevarro.
What begins as a pitstop for Mando quickly becomes a tense military operation, as he helps his accomplices raid an enemy Imperial base to free the now peaceful planet. The episode was well-received by fans and critics, who enjoyed exciting set pieces, fun character interactions, and the return of Giancarlo Esposito's Moff Gideon. "The Siege" also earned some notoriety for accidentally having a crew member in frame during a scene. All aspects of the episode are featured in cool new fan art.
Instagram user Butcher Billy shared a poster for The Mandalorian's "The Siege" episode, designing it to appear as a weathered, retro poster from the 1980s. He later posted an updated version of the piece, including the infamous Jeans Guy that went viral shortly after the episode aired. The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal expressed his enthusiasm for the art by reposting it on his own Instagram account.
With The Madalorian being set after the events of Return Of The Jedi, the third original Star Wars film released in 1983, Billy's artwork is fitting in the sense of keeping the show within the context of the marketing of a series that would have been released during that decade. Opting for a hand drawn style typical of artists like Drew Struzan, the artist behind the Jedi poster and other original Star Wars posters, Billy's poster is also evocative of old school comic book artists such as Marvel collaborator Steve Ditko.
The original Star Wars poster from 1977 is one of the most iconic of all time, so not only does Billy's art transport The Mandalorian to another era of moviemaking, but highlights the vast difference in style between classic movie art and the movie artwork of today. Not only that, but it encapsulates the feeling of the entire show. The Mandalorian has been heralded for incorporating much of the iconography of the original Star Wars series of 1977-1983, so to see this modern series fit into the era it stems from puts the show in a very interesting context. The texturizing to make it appear well aged and vivid, pulpy colors really make it stand out as much as this latest episode of the season did.
Butcher Billy's retro art covers all facets of pop culture, from Netflix originals to Marvel movies. His take on everyone's favorite Star Wars show The Mandalorian is brilliant in the way it gives fans the opportunity to ponder an alternate universe in which the Disney+ original debuted at the time of the original series, and has clearly captured the attention of The Mando himself. Next time, all we hope is that Baby Yoda is included.