A great conclusion to the stories. Introduction of Boba
Fett, and Darth Vader's pursuit of Luke. It didn't require either
of those villains to be inept in order for the heroes to escape.
I consider that a good thing.
The story opens up with the fight between Vrad Dodonna and Luke.
Luke, of course, overpowers the other man, and convinces him that killing
Luke would only get him into deeper trouble. They race off to find
Vader's ship, and Vrad strands Luke. Then he uses the power gem to
try and attack the super star destroyer. While Vader is distracted,
Han and Chewie pick Luke up, and attack the star destroyer's unprotected
back end. Vader's ship is temporarily disabled.
Luke returns to tell General Dodonna that his son was a hero,
and the Alliance finally begins the evacuation to Hoth. Dodonna sacrifices
himself to destroy an Imperial attack on the main building. I guess
it survived the explosion, since Luke used it for the Jedi Academy.
But as I said for the other ones, continuity was not in existence in the
The fleet escapes into space, but must still face the Imperial
blockade. Admiral Griff, who had been in charge of letting Luke infiltrate
the Super Star Destroyer project earlier, is in charge of the blockade.
The Mon Calamari attack part of the blockade, to try and lure off some
more fighters, but Griff suspects that they will try and leave by a hole
that would form if they were successful. He attacks the fleeing rebel
fleet. Han is sent to find an alternate route, and finds a very close
passage to a star.
Against his advice, the rebels take that route, and escape into
hyperspace. But they have pursuit. Griff follows them, and
in trying to outrun them, makes a mini-hyperspace jump, which lands him
on top of Vader's ship. Griff is destroyed, but Vader's ship is untouched.
The Falcon is damaged by a solar flare, however, and must put
down on a strange planet for repairs. Luke goes out scouting, and
is lured away by a woman impersonating Tanith Shire, the woman he fell
in love with escaping from Vader earlier. But the woman ends up being
a power-hungry witch, who sends the creature that attacked them on Yavin
4 after him, and who then causes the stone ruins to fall on him.
But her exertions kill her, and Han rescues Luke.
Repairs complete, Luke and Han return to Hoth, but are followed
by a bounty hunter ship. It turns out that Raskar (the man from whom
Han retrieved the Power Gem) is interested in the reward that Jabba the
Hutt has put on Han's head.
Luke offers him a bigger reward instead: Han's reward money
from rescuing Leia on the Death Star. But Han has already spent that. Raskar doesn't believe him, and they go down to the planet, where Han and
Luke bluff their way into a canyon. Luke detects some spice in the
caverns, so they are saved from Raskar. Unfortunately, there is a
spice worm in the cavern also. They narrowly escape, but when they
return to Raskar's ship, Boba Fett and a bunch of bounty hunters are waiting
for them. They lock Raskar up and return to Ord Mantell, where they
contact both Vader and Jabba.
While this is going on, a vengeful bounty hunter attacks Han
and Luke, which helps them escape. They don't get far before the
bounty hunters come after them. But before they can lift off, Raskar
rescues them in his own ship. He tells Han goodbye, and departs with
Vader is disappointed to see Luke's escape, but plans another
trap. Unfortunately, the trap is sprung by R2D2 and C3PO. Luke
and Han have to go after the duo. When Luke is thrown unconscious,
Vader probes him from far away, using a probe droid as a link, trying to
get the location of the Rebel base. Luke is strong, though, and Vader
is trying to probe him from a large distance, but is still almost successful.
Han destroys the probe droid Vader is using, revives Luke and they leave
for Hoth in a hurry.
This one was not quite as good as the last one, more on the level
of the first one. But they are all around the same caliber.
The third volume seems to rely on characters out of past stories for most
of its plots. I have nothing against that, but it all seems too much
like coincidence. It's kind of nice to see how the rebels finally
leave Yavin 4, and why the Imperials didn't send out the whole fleet to destroy them when they finally knew where they were located.