The Leia storyline provides much of the action as Leia is severely wounded in a dangerous attempt to save the squadron. While dodging Stormtrooper and a pair of recognizable bounty hunters, Han and Chewie make a new acquaintance who offers them a way off the Imperial homeworld, but there’s a question as to whether or not they can trust the young woman or meet her steep price.
With the focus on the other characters, Luke and Prithi‘s storyline gets only a couple of pages, as does that of the Dark Lord of the Sith who makes a decision concerning the troubling identity of the young man who destroyed the first Death Star and Vader‘s current assignment overseeing the new Death Star. Worth a look.
Star Wars fans heading to the San Diego Comic-Con should be on the lookout for this limited edition Comic-Con exclusive Boba Fett figure from Star Wars new Black Series line. The limited edition 6in. figure comes two weapons, his jetpack, and Han Solo frozen in carobinite. As long as supplies last, it will be available at the Hasbro booth for $44.99 (although you can expect the e-bay price in the following days to be a tad bit higher).
Although grounded, Luke gets a message from an old friend warning him of Leia’s danger. With the help of C-3PO and R2-D2, Luke gets the clearance codes he needs to stage a rescue mission on his own, but given the odds it may be too little too late. The comic makes an interesting choice to allow Prithi to overhear Ben‘s message making me wonder if she’s Force-sensitive or if Ben’s message is audible, not telepathic, and could possibly be overheard by anyone in the vicinity.
As Princess Leia puts together her stealth squadron to find the Rebellion a new home base and smoke out the Imperial spy in their midst, Han Solo and Chewie run into a little trouble when Boba Fett shows up in the middle of their scheduled rendezvous. That Han is able to allude Fett (and the Star Destroyer that shows up as reinforcements for the bounty hunter) is no surprise, but the final destination of Coruscant certainly makes you wonder just what kind of mission Solo and his Wookiee companion have been given.
This issue introduces us to the members of Leia’s team, who will work in secret and separately from the rest of the Rebellion. Along with Leia the team consists of Wedge Antilles, Luke Skywalker, Rus Kal, Prithi, Falback Kord, Tess Alder, Ardana Cinn, and Gramm Cortess.
As first issues go Star Wars #1 isn’t bad, but I was confused by the puzzling choice of making Leia a fighter pilot. The Princess has plenty of skills, but I can’t ever remember this being one of them (and I’ve read a boatload of Star Wars novels and comics).
After our heroic triumvirate barely survive and Imperial ambush, Mon Mothma gives Leia her own command cut-off from the rest of the Rebellion with two objectives. First, to find a new base. And second, to discover if the Empire has a spy within the Fleet.
We also get an appearance by Darth Vader, haunted by his failure at Yavin. Reassigned by the Emperor, the Dark Lord of the Sith should have plenty of opportunities to try and make up for his mistakes and begin his search for young Skyalker. Worth a look.
TV Line is reporting Kristen Bell, who has been providing the narration for Gossip Girl since it premiered in 2007, will finally be making an on-camera appearance in the show’s final episode which airs on December 17th