More really good stories. The characters even behave as
they would during the movies! The art isn't the greatest, but it
does contain a lot of detail, even if the main characters don't look like
their actor counterparts from the movies. And I have to say that
Princess Leia is drawn quite nicely!
This volume begins where the last one ends. Silver Fyre
turns out not to be the one who is about to betray the Alliance.
It is her second in command. Luke is stunned, and his ship is caught
by the giant squid they were hunting. Han once again has to rescue
him, and does so just in time. Leia captures Fyre's second in command
as he tries to steal the information about Vader's super Star Destroyer
from R2D2. He evades her, but is captured by Han as he tries to escape.
Fyre and her group help the Falcon run the blockade around Yavin
4, where Luke delivers the information about Vader's new ship.
The Imperials attack the base, but are driven off. Unfortunately,
the firefight has awakened an ancient guardian of the Massassi ruins on
Yavin. The beast attacks the rebel base, and Chewbacca wrestles with
it. It escapes, and leads the rebels to search the old temples in
search of the creature.
Luke discovers its hiding place, and flushes it out. He
discovers that it can communicate via the Force, albeit crudely.
The creature was to guard the Massassi temples awaiting its masters' return,
since the Massassi had fled a great war. Luke convinces it that he
is not its ancient enemy, and directs it to a ship where it can follow
its masters to the stars.
How it got through the Imperial blockade is another question.
But I assume the war they are speaking of was not the Sith war, since it
was determined in the Jedi Academy Trilogy,
not to mention the Tales of the Jedi,
that the Massassi were completely enslaved by Exar Kun and Freedon Nadd,
and that they were primitive people who were all killed when Exar Kun died.
I like that version better. However, continuity does not have to
be served all the time between the older texts and the new ones.
This was written before Jedi came out, so I can't expect it.
Luke hears word that Obi-Wan Kenobi saved a rebel informant from
Imperial troops, so he goes out in search of his old mentor. He travels
to a desert planet, where he is incapacitated following an attack on the
Imperials, and is saved by Kenobi.
Kenobi brings him to a tower where Vader is laying in wait for
them. It turns out that an actor was surgically altered to look like
Kenobi, and uses technological wonders to impersonate the use of the Force.
But he feels compassion for Luke, and begins to see how much Luke revered
Obi-Wan. So he betrays Vader, and destroys Vader's tower. Vader
himself narrowly escapes, as does Luke, but the actor does not survive.
Meanwhile, Han and Chewbacca go in search of a legendary Power
Gem. This is a gem that can supposedly reduce the shields on any
vessel to nothing. Han and Chewie go from bar to bar looking for
tips, and find a gambler who runs a gladiatorial ring, with the Power Gem
as the prize.
Han volunteers Chewie to fight, but they attack one of the competitors
outside the ring, where a crowd collects, and the gambler cannot collect
any entrance fees. Han then goes to the power gem and scans it, where
he discovers that it is losing power. It might work for one last
assault on a large ship.
By threatening to release the information that the prize everyone
is fighting for is losing power, Han gains the Power Gem, and heads back
to Yavin 4.
Meanwhile, Luke runs into Imperial forces again, and manages
to disguise himself in a comet's tail to evade them. He is caught
by its inertia, though, and can't pull out until the comet crashes on barren
ice world, a world known as Hoth.
How he does this seems a mystery to me, since the comet would
take years to get from a different system to Hoth, and the Imperials would
know about the planet if they were so close. But that's just a plot
device, so we continue with the story unimpeded.
Han meets a beautiful woman, who brings him to her father's hideout.
It is never clear if he managed to hollow out what would become
the rebel base, or if the rebels had to do all the work themselves.
But Luke discovers that the father is a former Imperial senator,
who hates both sides of the conflict, and tried to get away from it all.
He attacks Luke, and ends up killing his daughter instead. Luke then
discovers that both of them were robotic impersonators, designed to let
the real senator get away from a rebel attack. This story is further
elaborated on in a Star Wars Galaxy Magazine comic. That was kind
of neat to see.
Luke repairs the communication equipment, and Han and Leia pick
him up. They get news that Vader's super star destroyer has been
activated, so Leia insists that they go rendezvous with the Mon Calamari,
newly joined members of the Alliance.
Admiral Akbar's ship has been destroyed, but his crew left in
a lifepod. They track it, as well as Imperial movements, to a planet,
where giant sea worms grab the Falcon and drag it to the bottom of the
Han tries to slow the Imperial movements while Akbar tries to
dislodge the worms from their ship. Unfortunately, Han isn't very
successful, and the Imperials reach the Mon Calamari position. But
suddenly the worms abandon the Falcon and take a liking to the Imperial
ships! They are able to escape into hyperspace.
On the way back to Yavin 4, they pass through the destruction
of a Nebula B frigate, evidence of Vader's Executor in action.
Luke sees a shuttle hiding behind a small moon, and thinks it strange.
They arrive on their base and discover that General Dodonna's son was on
the frigate that attacked Vader, and is now presumed dead.
But he shows up with a damages shuttle, the same shuttle that
Luke saw hiding among the wreckage. He knows that the General's son
ran from the fight, but can't prove it. He talks to the man, but
ends up in a fistfight, and Vrad Dodonna seems to have the upper hand.
Meanwhile, Vader is about to strike at Yavin 4, and nothing seems
to be able to even penetrate its shields. I can see where this is
I thought this one was even better than the last volume.
Exciting, really, even with the gaffes I noted above. However, like the
last one, I couldn't remember most of it once I had finished reading it.
Again, that must mean something. Perhaps that it wasn't as great
as I thought it was.