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Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel Annual #1 The Long Hunt

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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The Classic Marvel comics in total had 107 issues, 3 annuals, and a four-issue miniseries. In their due time I shall get to the other two annuals and the miniseries, but today it is time to review the first of the Star Wars annuals. It’s a fun action-packed story and enjoyed my time reading it.However, it has a few problems. In earlier reviews I mentioned that seeming inconsistencies in the Star Wars lore could easily be retconned and explained by the reader if they have a good enough imagination. Unfortunately with this annual it is possible I may have spoke too soon. This issue has a doozy of a contradiction that will give any “head-canon retconner” a massive headache as you will see.

The story begins on planet Tirahnn where Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the two droids have stopped for supplies. Things seem to go smoothly as Luke and Leia get some much needed R&R when a spy spots them who is working for a woman named Kharys who is the Majestrix of Skye. Kharys, a green-skinned alien with wings, has bad blood between herself and Han Solo ever since he and a crew of smugglers attempted an operation on her home planet, Skye. She had killed most of the crew except for Han and a woman named Katya M’Buele who escaped. Kharys has been hunting them ever since. Knowing the connections between Han and Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia the spy reports to Kharys. Meanwhile Katya herself happens to be visiting Han on the Millennium Falcon this very moment.
Kharys who is strong in the Dark Side of the Force conjures up a Smoke Demon that invades the ship, kills Katya and absorbs her soul. Luke Skywalker struggles with the Demon, but eventually wins the combat by slaying the creature with his lightsaber. With the Smoke Demon destroyed all the souls it captured free themselves from its body and escape. Angered over the death of his old partner Han Solo flies the Falcon to planet Marat V, known as Skye to its inhabitants, to deal with the tyrant Kharys. In the planet’s orbit they are bombarded by Imperial TIE Fighters which badly damage the ship causing it to crash on the planet’s surface. Before this happens Han sends Luke, Leia, and the droids in an escape pod to the planet which gets captured by the locals. While Luke and Leia assume Han and Chewbacca to be dead Aragh who is another member of Kharys species (known as S’Kytri, or the Windborn) meets them in their cell. He summons them to a trial for the crime of landing on their planet which is forbidden for all non-S’Kytri.
The Council of the S’Kytri is on the verge of turning Luke and Leia over to the Empire when they discover Luke’s lightsaber and learn that his last name is Skywalker. They had apparently known a Skywalker before and according to a prophecy another Skywalker would free the S’Kytri from the tyranny of Kharys. Aragh reveals to them that the Falcon was captured intact by Kharys in her fortress and that there is a chance to save Han and Chewie.
The Council declares Luke and Leia friends of the S’Kytri and they fly to war against the Majestrix and the Imperials she is in league with. Since our two heroes cannot fly they are given makeshift wings made from anti-grav belt packs and artificial wings strapped to their arms. For those not reading the comic I assure you that the image is as ridiculous as it sounds.
There at Kharys’s palace the S’Kytri defeat the Imperial forces, Han and Chewie are rescued, and Luke kills Kharys in a lightsaber duel. During the brief celebration the S’Kytri are asked why they thought Luke was a fulfiller of prophecy. Aragh explains that years ago during the Clone Wars the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi brought two pupils with him and they saved the S’Kytri from destruction. Years later one of the pupils returned and told them that the Jedi were extinct and forced them to swear fealty to the Empire. That man was Darth Vader. The other was Anakin Skywalker! Now that the S’Kytri have aided Luke they feel their debt to the Skywalkers is done and they no longer swear loyalty to the Imperials.

So there you have it. The most inexplicable contradiction in the Marvel Comics. Obviously the writers didn’t know it at the time, but we all know that Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were the same person. So how could they have both been at Skye together as two different students of Obi-Wan? Ben may have lied to Luke about Vader, but surely the S’Kytri would have no motivation to do this?
If the reader really really wants to find a way to fit this contradiction into the EU lore I do have a workable theory, but it is a giant stetch: Suppose the other pupil was some lesser known Padawan whose name was never made clear to the S’Kytri. During the Clone Wars Anakin had not taken on the name of Darth Vader yet and he was not disguised in the suit. He would have been physically unrecognisable to the S’Kytri when he returned and he may have simply chosen to lie to them. He could have easily told them that he was the other student and that his name was Darth Vader. Judging by Luke’s shock during the big reveal at the end of The Empire Strikes Back it is apparent that it is not common knowledge throughout the Empire that Darth Vader was formerly Anakin Skywalker. Luke would have heard something about it if it was. I think the Empire hushed up Vader’s identity making it easy for anyone to assume he was someone else. As I said that is a bit of a stretch, but it is the only theory that makes this issue work with the rest of the EU. Some people would just as soon not care and just accept that the Marvel era was fraught with flaws. That’s fair too.
Overall, though, this first annual was an entertaining read that has plenty of action and has all of our favourite characters together in an adventure. I always like best the stories that have Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and the droids together. It seems Star Wars is more complete that way.

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Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel #30 A Princess Alone

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Issue 30 of the classic Marvel run marks a return for the recurring villain Baron Tagge, the Imperial governor who has hated Darth Vader ever since the Dark Lord’s lightsaber injured him forcing him to rely on cybervision goggles. Thanks to his failure in his last story arc Tagge is assigned a lowly overseeing position on planet Metalorn, an Imperial industrial site. There enslaved prisoners of the Empire are forced to mine ore in service of the Imperial military effort. It is on this planet that take Princess Leia’s finds herself on her new mission.

Leia Organa’s task is to contact an old mentor, Arn Horada, who taught her Galactic history when she was a little girl on Alderaan. While one of the many broken and dispirited slaves on Metalorn, Horada’s knowledge of history is something Leia hopes to put to use in recruiting members for the Rebellion. She hopes to convince the professor to instruct his fellow slaves and plant seeds of rebellion in their minds to eventually instigate a revolt.
The princess disguises herself as a local worker and once inside the check-in point she attacks a stormtrooper and takes his blaster. Things go south almost immediately since all blasters on Metalorn have homing devices installed to prevent them from going places they are not supposed to. Governor Corwyth who is in charge of operations on the planet sends a detachment of stormtroopers after her as she flees into the ore shipping factory. Leia jumps into a pile of ore on a conveyer and escapes; while unseen leaves the tracked blaster behind. Corwyth and his men discover this too late when they find the blaster sans princess after they track it to the conveyer.
Tagge, however, is not to be fooled. Shortly after replaying the attack of the check-in guard on the data recorder he uses a voice-print analysis to identify the princess. He quickly performs a background check to see if any current prisoners on Metalorn had any previous connection with Leia. This, of course, leads him to Arn Horada and Tagge doesn’t hesitate in heading to the mess hall where Horada is located while Corwyth and his men waste time in the factory.
Leia makes contact with the professor but before they can discuss her plan Tagge attacks. Leia with her typical aggression defends herself by throwing some of the food paste that was being fed the prisoners into his cybervision goggles. Temporarily blinded, Tagge struggles to remove the paste while Leia binds him to a table leg with a pair of energy shackles. With the help of a little girl named Tammi – a daughter of one of the other prisoners – the princess escapes to her ship.
The ship hurls into hyperspace and her pilot bemoans the fact that the mission was a failure. Seemingly no sabotage was done and no rebel was recruited. Princess Leia, however, thinks otherwise. She believes that while she did not manage to recruit Horada she did manage inspire that little girl and other prisoners who may now this very moment be seeding the eventual rebellion that will overthrow the Imperial operations on Metalorn.

Here is another good one. Issue 30 is another example of a classic Marvel Star Wars comic that had something to say rather than just mindlessly entertain the reader with camp. The story is neither explosive nor extremely action-packed. It’s slower paced and more thoughtful. It doesn’t depict rebellion so much as it depicts how it is seeded and grown. It is delightful to see this sort of subtlety in Star Wars.
Before I began reading the classic Marvel run I had preconceptions about it that its reputation unfortunately instilled in my mind. I was figuring that it was all going to be like the stories with Jaxxon and the pirates on Drexel. It was my impression that the good Star Wars comics would not start until I reached the Dark Horse era. I am glad to see I was wrong. Stories like this one, the Valance trilogy, and The Wheel arc make reading these vintage comics much more fun and enjoyable than I had hoped.

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Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel #29 Dark Encounter

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Here ends the Valance trilogy. And it is a good ending. The Hunter and The Return of the Hunter ranged from lacklustre to modestly decent stories which set up the third act, Dark Encounter, which is the best of the three. If you are unfamiliar with those issues or need some memory jogging I recommend reading my reviews of issues 16 and 27.

Valance’s hatred of robots is not mentioned at all here so I assume he has overcome it. But he is still hard at work in the bounty hunting trade and his current trail had led him to planet Centares. Valance and Darth Vader are both racing to find a rebel deserter named Tyler Lucian who fled Yavin IV when the Death Star arrived. Vader is seeking Lucian hoping to learn the name of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star and Valance is seeking him hoping to prevent this. Lucian is tracked down to Rubyflame Lake simultaneously by Vader and Valance where Lucian hides inside a Guest Tower while the two hunters fight over their quarry. Rubyflame Lake was a former resort on Centares until the Empire tapped into the lake for industrial purposes leaving the water a highly corrosive and deadly acid.
Just before the fight begins we are treated to a brief interlude where on Yavin we see Artoo finally repaired and General Dodonna tells Luke that Princess Leia left on a mission by herself. This will play into the next issue.
The story then cuts back to the duel between Darth Vader and Valance. The Hunter tells the Dark Lord that throughout his life as a cyborg he loathed himself until he met Luke and his droid companion. Seeing Luke with Threepio convinced Valance that it was not impossible for someone like him with robot parts to be looked at as a friend rather than a freak. The admiration he now has for Luke and his rebellion is what compelled him to hunt down Tyler Lucian and keep Vader from finding him. A task he is willing to die for. Unfortunately, Vader proves to be the more powerful opponent and Valance is defeated; falling into the acid lake where he meets his end. Seeing this Tyler Lucian leaps from his hiding place into the same lake leaving Vader frustrated and angry at yet another failure to learn the identity of the person who destroyed the Death Star.

As I said in my intro this was a good finale to the Valance story arc. The Classic Marvel series is definitely picking up some steam and moving forward from the campiness that marred its early days.
Like in The Hunter we see very little of the integral characters in this issue, but this time the story is bearable and there are no Jaxxons or Amaizas to affect our enjoyment.
In a way the Valance trilogy perfectly symbolises the evolution of the Star Wars EU comics. The first issue was campy and not very good, the second was decent and showed signs of improvement, and the third was excellent. And it is nice to see more Darth Vader in these comics who sometimes goes long periods not making any appearances in the series.

Check in next time for my review of Classic Marvel #30 A Princess Alone; and may the Force be with you.

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Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel #28: What Ever Happened to Jabba the Hut?

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Before the Encyclopedia Browns in my audience correct my spelling I must protest in my defence that I made no mistake in writing Hut instead of Hutt. We hardcore fans all know it’s Jabba the Hutt, not Jabba the Hut. And I know this as well as the next fan. However, the writers of the Classic Marvel Star Wars comics apparently did not. So for the sake of accuracy in representing this issue I have retained the erroneous spellings used throughout issue 28 of the Classic Marvel series.

The story takes place immediately after Han and Chewie left The Wheel in the Millennium Falcon. They are attacked by an Imperial Star Destroyer and as usual Han Solo’s reaction is to jump into hyperspace. Unfortunately, after making point 5 past light speed the ship – famed for making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs – stalls on the two smugglers. Han quickly realises that the repairs conducted on the ship at The Wheel were inadequate and makes an emergency landing in a cave on planet Orleon make some last minute fixes.
Orleon to Han and Chewie’s dismay turns out to be a favourite hideout for none other than Jabba the Hut himself! (And, yes, like in the Marvel comic adaptation of the film Jabba is still a yellow walrus man in an orange suit.) Jabba, delighted, though surprised, immediately orders his men to kill Han and the Wookiee. With no alternative but to remain in hiding Han Solo and Chewbacca stay in the cave defending themselves against blaster fire while finishing the needed repairs. One of Jabba’s less intelligent goons suggests using proton grenades, but Jabba refuses since that could risk damaging the Millennium Falcon which he covets for himself.
Much of the blaster fire between Jabba’s thugs and Han and Chewie results in destroying large portions of the cave creating leaks from which a hive of insects begin to come to out. Han recognises these creatures instantaneously as stone mites which were a bio-engineered species created during the Clone Wars that secreted a strong acid that could eat through a planet’s mineral resources. And soon several of Jabba’s men stupidly decide to disobey the employer known for owning a rancor pit just in case someone displeases him and throw proton grenades in the cave anyway. The resultant explosion unleashes more of the stone mites which attack Jabba’s men who flee back to their master’s ship The Voidraker and Han and Chewie head back to their ship which is now crawling with the bugs.
Aboard the Falcon Han uses the ship’s de-icing system to heat the outer hull and kill the stone mites, but the ship begins to overheat fast leaving him with no choice but to turn it off. Plan B, however, proves more effective which involved blasting the roof of the cave and taking off at the same time. Leaving insects and crime lords behind the famed spice freighter makes it back to space repaired and fully functional. There they find Jabba’s ship laying dormant just as they receive a message from the Hut begging for permission to come aboard. Apparently, one of his more incompetent help (which narrows nothing down) brought several stone mites aboard which killed everyone accept Jabba and now were in the process of devouring the Voidraker from the inside out. Seeing a profitable opportunity Han grants Jabba safety aboard the Millennium Falcon on the condition that he cancels their debt and the prices on their heads and that he even adds a monetary bonus for their trouble. Jabba enraged, but with no other options accepts.

This issue, of course, poses a few obvious problems. For one thing the debt Han Solo owes Jabba is reneged in this issue which cannot possibly remain in effect for the events soon to follow in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Thankfully, this is no real contradiction because in a later issue it gets resolved. You will either have to wait for my review or read the classic issues yourself, but for now let’s suffice it say that Han Solo will find himself in debt to Jabba once again.
The other problem is that Jabba is still does not look like a traditional Hutt. And sadly this gaping continuity error about his physical appearance is never explained. In the issues prior to Return of the Jedi he is a walrus and then suddenly he is a slug. His sudden transition, however, remains a mystery. There is no in-universe explanation that I know of made to resolve this. It will just have to remain one of those things a reader will have to ignore as he enjoys the Classic Marvel era of Star Wars comics. The writers did know what a Hutt looked like before Return of the Jedi and that is best we can get for an explanation.
Overall this story is a quick read, with some nice, fun action and adventure to please fans. We’re still miles away from Timothy Zahn so aiming higher than that is not a realistic expectation.

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Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel #27 Return of the Hunter

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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As the title of issue #27 implies this marks the return of Valance the robot-hating cyborg bounty hunter we first met in The Hunter. On the planet Junction, an Outer Rim world teeming with equipment suppliers outside of Imperial regulation, Valance is biding his time in his search for Luke and his two droids by collecting bounties on local scum and purchasing used droids for the sole purpose of blasting them. The seller of these hapless droids is one Skinker, an equipment supplier all too happy to make some quick credits even if he does not understand precisely why Valance’s prejudice against mechanicals is so strong that he needs to throw away good money to entertain himself destroying expensive equipment.
Meanwhile, Luke and Threepio are on a mission to scout the extent of the Imperial blockade in the Gordian Reach (see last review) and to pick up components on Junction to repair Artoo who was damaged in the last issue. Aside from a brief run in with an Imperial battle cruiser Luke easily and quickly arrives at Junction and gets the parts he needs. The only unfortunate snag is that he buys them at none other than Skinker’s who sells the parts gladly, but delays on delivery so he can report to Valance. Luke and Threepio match the description Valance gave of the two he has been hunting and Valance pays well.
The bigoted and insane bounty hunter arrives at the scene and is about to blast Luke and the protocol droid into oblivion when Luke deflects the blast with his lightsaber which is yellow for some reason (don’t ask me, I stopped giving a damn at this point) and the deflected blast damages Valance’s organic components revealing the cybernetic machinery underneath. The shock of the bounty hunter’s hypocrisy causes enough hesitation in Luke for Valance to take advantage of it and knock the farm boy from Tatooine on his ass with his powerful metal arm. But before he can destroy Luke with his blaster Threepio bravely and uncharacteristically steps in front of his master hoping to give Luke enough time to flee. The heroic, noble, and very human act disturbs Valance who begins to question his own prejudices against machines. A droid willing to sacrifice itself out of friendship for a human? Unheard of! In his moment of indecision the confused and frustrated bounty hunter tells the two friends to leave and Luke and Threepio do so gladly before he changes his mind. As they head back toward their ship Luke posits that this is not likely the last they shall see of Valance.

Return of the Hunter is another prime example of the Star Wars saga’s penchant for replacing the current trends of gritty realism and pessimistic character studies that were so popular in 1960’s and 1970’s cinema and literature with an almost childish optimism and archetypal look at heroism and noble adventurers. On the surface a more discerning and more jaded critic would probably point out the cliched and unrealistic absurdity of Valance’s transition from longtime robot-hating bigot to a reformed man rethinking his beliefs so quickly. However, we should remember that this is Star Wars. It is not Game of Thrones or The Godfather and these innocent little snippets of optimistic heroism and opportunities for evil to become good is a common theme in the saga. Yes, I know Valance becoming confused and letting Luke and Threepio go free is silly; but it is endearing in its own little way. It’s why we love Star Wars so much. It’s not a bloody epic of realism and intrigue; it’s an entertaining space opera that is for children as well as adults. That is why I can forgive Star Wars when it gives in to cliche and norms we have seen a thousand times over in myths, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and fairy tales. We don’t need complex, shades-of-grey, antiheroes all day do we?

So while this is not one of the greatest examples of writing in the Star Wars EU I don’t mind it much and I would gladly read this over novels about zombie Death Troopers any day of the week. Sometimes a good dose of camp and naivete is what we need from time to time.

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Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel #25-26

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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A few story arcs back – if the reader remembers –  Luke Skywalker was sent by the Rebel Alliance to seek out a new planet as a location for the Rebel base. With his failure to do so during the Drexel mission and the other events that kept him and his friends preoccupied the Rebel leaders were forced to remain for a longer period of time on Yavin 4 than was safe. And this becomes quickly apparent when Imperial TIE fighters begin to continually assault the Massassi Ruins where the base is located. While the Alliance, with aid from their best X-Wing pilots, are able to repel these continued attacks the raids have left much of the Rebel supplies depleted. This leaves conducting the simplest of repairs slow when not impossible.
Meanwhile, as these events transpire Luke, Princess Leia, and the two droids Artoo and Threepio are on Centares, a mid-rim world, to purchase a used starcraft from a dealer named Jorman Thoad. Luke is still searching for a potential new base in the Outer Rim and the minimally armed yacht they took from Senator Greyshade was obviously not safe enough to explore those territories. After the transaction is complete Jorman tells Luke and Leia that a mining explorer owned by the House of Tagge is headed toward the Gordian Reach (where Yavin is located) to end a spice strike happening on one of the worlds there. The dealer also tells them that that sector of space has been blockaded by the Empire until the spice operation is back on schedule.
Aboard their new ship Leia informs Luke that the Gordian Reach in fact has no spice operations which means the rumour about the strike is just a front for the actual reason the Empire is blockading the sector. She reasons that the Empire is trying to prevent word from spreading of the destruction of the Death Star by the Alliance and to wipe out the Rebel base in retaliation.
To get past the blockade Luke jumps into the same hyperspace tunnel as the Tagge mining explorer and rides the heels of its engines. Baron Tagge who commands the mining explorer hopes that if he succeeds in destroying the Rebel Base he will gain favour with the Emperor and replace him as his second-in-command instead of Darth Vader. Tagge hates Vader for an injury that the Dark Lord gave him with his lightsaber that left him blind aside from the use of a special pair of cybervision goggles. Much of his time is spent mastering lightsaber techniques to prepare for his next encounter with Vader.
While practising with his lightsaber one of the ship’s helmsmen detects Luke and Leia’s vessel following them in hyperspace. In an attempt to destroy them Tagge orders magnetic mines to be launched in their direction. After dropping out of hyperspace Luke uses the Force to focus and successfully destroys all of the mines before they damage the their ship. Fortunately they have already reached the Yavin System by this time where to Luke’s horror he discovers that the Empire has a base hidden beneath the gases of Yavin which is where all of the recent TIE Fighter attacks have been coming from. The station beneath the gas giant’s troposphere has a device that can artificially create cyclonic tunnels within the planet’s gases which the TIE’s can fly through without being damaged.
Before they can warn the Alliance, however, two scout ships attack them which severely damages their engines. Thankfully a reconnaissance patrol of X-Wing fighters saves them and destroys the scouts.
Back at the base the Rebel leaders theorise that the TIE fighters are using installed signalling devices that notify the hidden space station to create the cyclonic funnel. After discovering that one of the Imperial scout ships crashed on Yavin 4 undisintegrated Luke takes Artoo and an X-Wing to find it and retrieve the signalling device. Although they successfully retrieve it the Imperial pilot who survived the crash fires at them and severely damages Artoo. Luke is told back at the Massassi Ruins that Artoo could not be repaired because the necessary parts needed are unavailable due to the supply shortage. Embittered Luke volunteers to fly a commandeered TIE Fighter with the signalling device installed to reach the space station and shut down its funnel-creating mechanism. Such a mission has a low chance for survival and Luke knows this.
Luke uses the device and is permitted into the base by the station which mistakes him for one of the missing scout craft. There Luke finds the Imperial station to be a massive turbine that stirs up the planet’s gases creating artificial storms. With the stolen TIE Fighter he destroys the station and once again uses the Force to focus and guide his way out of Yavin’s gassy troposphere.
Meanwhile Baron Tagge escapes in his mining explorer and vows to do worse to Luke than whatever revenge he has in store for Darth Vader.

This is one of those stories that is neither real good, but not especially terrible either. The real purpose served by these two issues is to setup the Baron Tagge storyline which continues on later in the Classic Marvel run. The story itself is kinda weak and I feel compelled to ask why the Rebel Alliance had no contingency plan for fleeing Yavin 4 if their location was discovered. And with or without the Death Star the Imperial fleet is still a massive power not to be taken lightly and it really does not need to create a new station any time soon to deal with the Rebel Base on Yavin 4. It amazes me that the Empire has acted in such a lightweight fashion by allowing the Yavin 4 base to continue existing for even this short a period.
But I think these plot holes are of minimal concern as I had pointed out that the main purpose of this story was to set up a later, better one. This sadly leaves this story unskippable to fully enjoy the story of Baron Tagge and his personal vendetta against Darth Vader. While not being one of my favourites I can say that I have seen worse and do not feel too inclined to complain.

Check in next time for my review of #27: Return of the Hunter of the Classic Marvel run and may the Force be with you.

Star Wars EU Reviews: Star Wars Marvel #24 Silent Drifting

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Here marks the first Star Wars story set during the Clone Wars. And sadly it is nothing to write home about. While this issue of the Marvel series makes no mention of Separatists or Clone Armies there is little here to contradict the lore either. It’s just quietly and unobtrusively set during that time period. It reveals nothing of interest about the war and focuses instead on a minor incident that occurred in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s career as a Jedi Knight and general of the Republic.

The story opens with the Millennium Falcon taking damage from TIE Fighters it encounters just after leaving hyperspace. Han allows the ship to play possum and drift in space which convinces the Imperial ships they took more damage than they actually did. When the Fighters get close Han and Luke take them out with the Falcon’s turret guns.
Han Solo begins to boast about the skill of his manoeuvre when Princess Leia decides to temper his pride by letting him know that the “Silent Drifting” tactic is an old one that was employed by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars. She goes on to tell them a story her father, Bail Organa, told her about Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars.

While aboard a Republic pleasure cruiser on its way to Alderaan Obi-Wan is approached by a “businessman” named Augustus Tryll who wants to have Kenobi work for him. Knowing Tryll’s involvement in contraband dealing, political info leaking, and even slavery Obi-Wan politely declines. During this brief exchange Tryll offers Ben some Deltron Spice Wine that was fermented by a device that uses microwaves. Ben declines this as well citing that he doesn’t “care for addictive stimulants.” An odd thing for Obi-Wan to say since we have seen him accept alcohol from TC-14 on Trade Federation command ships and even purchase drinks at bars on Coruscant. Perhaps he was only refusing Tryll’s hospitality to take away any leverage the man hoped to gain over him.
Shortly afterward the pleasure cruiser enters the Merson Asteroid Belt on the other side of which are the Mersons who are an anti-Republic organisation that enslaves captured Republic citizens. All Republic ships that enter the belt shut down all non-essential systems and drift along the belt disguised as debris. However, for an unknown reason the Mersons do not buy the ploy this time and attack the ship. The Republic cruiser engages the Mersons in combat but it becomes apparent that a pleasure cruiser’s limited defence systems are no match for Merson slaver ships. Obi-Wan deduces that the Mersons were receiving a signal from inside the cruiser which alerted them that they was not just mere space debris. Word of this soon spreads to the passengers who immediately suspect Augustus Tryll of making a deal with the Mersons. When Obi-Wan tries to intervene with the mob they begin to turn on the Jedi Knight too believing him to be in league with Tryll. Instead of attacking the angry passengers, however, Obi-Wan destroys Tryll’s fermentation device when he realises that its microwave signals were what drew the Merson ships. The enemy vessels soon lose the cruiser in the belt after they begin “silent drifting” again. This apparently calms the mob down despite the fact that now their source of booze is gone.
By time Leia’s story is over the Millennium Falcon is fully repaired and jumps back into hyperspace.

There really isn’t much to this issue that reveals anything significant about Obi-Wan or the Clone Wars. It’s a very simple one-story issue that is mildly entertaining, but definitely no milestone in the Star Wars EU.
Fans who are more acquainted with Prequels era content like The Clone Wars TV series will find the story out of tune with the show. While there is no direct contradictions to the lore the overall look and design featured in the issue feels nothing like The Clone Wars we know. Also Obi-Wan’s appearance is out of place. While not as old as we see him in A New Hope he still has a grey beard and looks at least a decade older than he does in the show and the Prequels. A fan of the show will also see that Anakin is not with him or even mentioned at all. I suppose he must have been elsewhere at the time.
And whether or not the Mersons are a part of the Separatists or the Confederacy of Independent Systems is obviously not revealed here. As I have said before in other reviews an imaginative reader may attempt to fill the gaps and explain seeming contradictions within the EU lore if they try hard enough.

Check in next time for my review of Classic Marvel #25-26 and may the Force be with you.