Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin present their version of "The Empire Strikes Back" in comic form!

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After waiting three long years, fans finally got to see the next installment of Star Wars on the big screen! “The Empire Strikes Back” debuted on June 20, 1980 followed a few days later by Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin’s serialized adaptation on comic stands a few days later (a slightly different paperback version bowed even before that).

Now, we’ve all seen the movie more times than we can count and could recite it to varying degrees of success, but back then, one of the best ways to re-live the action, adventure and drama seen on the big screen came in the form of comic adaptations which offered slightly different takes, usually because of the huge lead time needed for comics (see below for a few examples).

The first two issues focused on the Rebels’ adventures on Hoth, starting with Luke’s fateful meeting with the Wampa and Han Solo saving him from hypothermia. The action then ramped up when the Empire discovered the base and attacked with the might of AT-ATs. 

Star Wars (1977) #40

Star Wars (1977) #40

  • Published: July 22, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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Luke and company fought long enough to get most of their people off planet and then, in the third issue, he and Artoo split off as Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO flew off in the Millennium Falcon. 

Star Wars (1977) #41

Star Wars (1977) #41

  • Published: September 02, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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As most of you will remember, Luke and his astromech pal flew to Dagobah where the former trained with Yoda in the ways of the Jedi, increasing his power with each exercise. Meanwhile, the Falcon found itself flying through a series of challenges all its own from ship-eating asteroids to the ever-present Empire.

Han, Leia, Chewie and Threepio, of course, made their way to Cloud City, where they met Lando Calrissian, a friend of Solo’s from the old days. Though they seemed welcome guests at first, we all know what happened, which helmeted villains showed up and who got frozen in metal. 

Star Wars (1977) #43

Star Wars (1977) #43

  • Published: October 28, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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Luke flew in in time to battle Darth Vader while his friends, now aided by Lando, figured out an escape route. They, in turn, fly the Falcon up to save Luke after Darth Vader revealed himself to be Skywalker’s father and he nearly fell out the bottom of Cloud City. 

Star Wars (1977) #44

Star Wars (1977) #44

  • Published: November 25, 1980
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 15, 2015
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Archie Goodwin
  • Cover Artist: Al Williamson
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Film-goers had to wait another three years to find out what happened with Han, but the adventures continued every month in the pages of STAR WARS!

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In the back of STAR WARS #41, the book’s longtime writer Archie Goodwin recounted how he got working on this adaptation. Living many a fan’s dream, he headed out to California to spend a full week with the Lucasfilm crew to get inside looks at “Empire.” Eventually he returned home with about 750 requested photos and a copy of the script written by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett. If you picked up the magazine adaptation version, you might remember a very different looking version of Yoda. His scenes hadn’t been finished yet when they started working on the comic, so Williamson based his take on Ralph McQuarrie’s character designs. They were able to change those pages to more accurately reflect the film version by the time the story made its way into monthly comics.

If you spent part of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wondering where ol’ Goldenrod got that red arm, find out next week in STAR WARS: C-3PO by James Robinson and Tony Harris!

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Jedi Knight Kerra Holt returns!

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STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT introduced readers to Jedi Knight Kerra Holt, a warrior who had made powerful enemies in the form of crazy Sith Lords Daiman and Odion. With STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT – DELUGE, she returned to continue fighting their evil influence in the world, but found other shades of it as well.

John Jackson Miller returned to the character he wrote in KNIGHT ERRANT, this time joined by artists Ivan Rodriguez, Iban Coello and David Daza. Like its predecessor, the 2012 five issue limited series took place 1000 years in the past before Luke Skywalker came to power. In this era both Jedi and Sith counted many members in their respective fold.

In the case of Jedi Knight Kerra Holt, she made it her life’s mission to defend the forgotten people of the galaxy from the evil of the Sith. As the story kicked off, that mission lead her to a familiar place, her home planet Aquilaris and against a familiar foe, Sith Lord Daiman.

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Upon arriving home, Holt found more than a few surprises waiting for her. First, Zodoh the Hutt attacked the Sith’s slave camp and, even worse, her people had become so addicted to a spice called Deluge that left them wanting nothing, including their own safety.

The Jedi decided to strike back against the Hutt’s forces on her own, but discovered some fellow fighters on her side: Captain Jenn Devaad, Grace Command and the volunteer Devil Squadron.

At the same time Zodoh threatened Sith Lord Odion and Arkadia Calimondra to give him his own piece of the pie in their area, or else the attacks would increase. Meanwhile, Kerra joined up with Devil Squadron. They intended to leave Aquilaris, but then Zodoh showed up with a flew of Stormdriver ships, intent on networking them to create enough rain to drown the entire world!

As the story unfolded, we learned the truth behind Devil Squadron and their true intentions as they visit various worlds, none of which sat well with Holt. After clearing up some grievances, Jenn and Kerra focused their efforts on their true enemies: the Sith Lords.

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Consider this a major spoiler for DELUGE, but Devaad eventually admitted that the time-release boxes of supplies the Devil Squadron left behind on worlds didn’t hold food as originally stated, but instead the drug Deluge. Their plan revolved around leaving many, many samples behind in hopes that the Sith soldiers would take one hit and become hoplelessly addicted. They didn’t exactly care that regular people on the planets became addicts themselves because the people of that sector didn’t reach out to help Devaad and her people when they needed it the most. Eventually, she realized that all people can be lead towards hope and fought alongside Kerra Holt to strike an impressive blow against the Sith.

Legendary comic creators Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson tackle “Empire Strikes Back” in the pages of STAR WARS #3944.

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Ki-Adi-Mundi gets to the heart of a mystery involving a missing Jedi Knight!

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Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi took center stage in the first arc of the 1998-launched STAR WARS series and then returned in issues #712 to seize the spotlight once again in a pre-Prequel tale thanks to writer Tim Truman along with artists Tom Raney, Rob Pereira, Rick Leonardi, and Al Rio. Called “Outlander,” the story kicked off on Tatooine at a trading depot called Mochot Steep with a Corellian couple named Conil and Camelle looking for weapons to protect their new home. There, Conil heard tell of a recent Tusken Raider attack on Anchorhead that revealed the usually clan-like race had worked together under one warleader. According to the Jawas nearby, the leader wasn’t a Sand Person himself, but instead an outworlder. Moments later the Raiders attacked Mochot Steep, leaving Conil dead, but sparing Camelle’s life. During the fray, the leader revealed that he wielded a red lightsaber.

After viewing footage of the attack on Coruscant, Ki-Adi-Mundi recognized that the lightsaber once belonged to the legendary Jedi Sharad Hett. Yoda posited that the warleader could actually be the long-thought-dead Hett returned in some way. The Council selected Ki-Adi-Mundi for the mission because he stood as the only member who never knew Sharad Hett and wouldn’t falter in taking care of him, if need be. With his mission in hand, the Jedi took off for the planet he had just visited and didn’t particularly like. As Yoda suggested, the Knight made a trip to Jabba the Hutt’s palace his first priority to ask for safe passage through the desert. Jabba agreed and offered help, but all that proved a trap that led to betrayal, a skiff battle, and a crash in the desert.

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Before long both the Jedi and bounty hunter Aurra Sing headed towards The Needles, otherwise known as Tusken Raider headquarters. Ki arrived first to fight a Krayt Dragon while the warchief—who indeed revealed himself as Sharad Hett—looked on. The two made peace as Hett tried explaining why he appreciated the Tusken Raider lifestyle, which revolved around survival in a place constantly trying to kill them. Along the way, we also learned quite a bit more about Tatooine’s gaderffi aficionados.

Eventually the complicated truth revolving around warring Hutt factions and Jabba’s plans to goad the Tusken Raiders into becoming threatening so he could sell bad weapons came to the surface. A great battle commenced on Tatooine leaving one Jedi dead, one with a new Padawan and one with a lot of rage that eventually turned him to the dark side. Of course, that will be a story for another day…

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Bounty hunter Aurra Sing spent a lot of this story explaining things from afar, narrating the tale and then swooping in to attack, and even kill, Jedi. But what’s her deal? She first appeared on screen in “The Phantom Menace” but only briefly. She would go on to recur regularly in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” taking a teenage Boba Fett under her wing and using his rage against the Jedi for her own advantage. Once a Jedi Padawan herself, Sing trained with Dark Woman until pirates kidnapped her and she eventually wound up with Anzati assassins who not only educated her in their ways, but also implanted a computer into her brain. Feeling abandoned by the Jedi, she took any job possible where one of them might end up in her crosshairs.

Next time, pick back up with Kerra in the pages of STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT – DELUGE by John Jackson Miller, Ivan Rodriguez and Iban Coello!

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Jix faces droid decoys aplenty and more on a mission for Darth Vader!

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Gunnery Sergeant Wrenga Jixton, better known as Jix, had the impressive abilities to not only break into any place he wanted, but also unravel a complicated con, both of which played into STAR WARS: SHADOW STALKER. The Ryder Windham and Nick Choles one-shot from 1997 collected the story originally serialized in the “Star Wars Galaxy” magazine.

Regular Star Wars Spotlight readers will remember Jix from the SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE comic as the agent sent by Vader to keep Luke Skywalker safe on Tatooine. To do so, he joined a Swoop Gang and put himself in grave danger to fulfill his mission. SHADOW STALKER, set between the events of “Empire Strikes Back” and the Shadows of the Empire multimedia event, began on Coruscant with a squad of Stormtroopers approaching Jix about a job. Unfortunately for them, they tried to flex their muscles, which didn’t sit well with the one-time Academy combat trainer.

Still, Jix used his skills to infiltrated Darth Vader’s inner sanctum, though the Sith Lord expected him. As the two conversed, they revealed a secret deal existing between them as well as some bad blood. After some posturing on both sides, Vader finally got to the point: He wanted Jix to kill Imperial Governor Torlock for planning to switch sides, but make it look like an assassination by the Rebels he secretly intended to join.

With that Jix flew off to Corulag on a drone barge and immediately started causing trouble in the name of the Rebellion. He even stopped a group of Black Sun operatives posing as Alliance faithful from killing Torlock in his speeder. After blasting his way into the vehicle, he found Torlock’s daughter Frija hiding inside behind a hologram of her dad.

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Later, Jix took off to check Admiral Droon’s place for traces of Torlock and found his target sitting in a jail cell—well, not technically, as he found himself face to face with a droid decoy. Droon then appeared and sent both man and machine down into a hole with a giant, fire-breathing, snake-like creature ready for a snack. Jix not only made short work of the dragon slug, but also figured out who had betrayed who thanks to some information from the Torlock droid. He then faced Droon and his accomplice—the real Frija—before reuniting the droid versions of the father and daughter and leaving for Coruscant to explain everything to Vader with the admiral along to answer for his crimes against the Empire.

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Thanks to speeches from both Admiral Droon and Darth Vader, we learned quite a bit about Jix in this issue. As already mentioned, Corellian Wrenga Jixton made his way up to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant before an incident on Falleen that led not only to a court martial, but also imprisonment on Kessel. At some point, he escaped and wound up on a planet called Aridus. There, Vader found himself in some exploding towers and lost consciousness, but awoke on a ship piloted by Jix. The two struck a deal that boiled down to Jix working for Vader as long as the Empire promised to leave Aridus alone.

Next time, we return to the 1998-launched STAR WARS series for a story called “Outlander” by Tim Truman, Tom Raney, and Rick Leonardi.

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Even a pair of bounty hunters can help save a whole planet!

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Bounty hunters get a pretty bad wrap in the Star Wars films. They’re mainly seen working for the Empire and getting knocked into hungry holes by blinded smugglers. But, every now and then they actually fight for more than their bank balances as seen in a pair of 2002 one shots written by Ron Marz, STAR WARS: JANGO FETT and STAR WARS: ZAM WESELL.

The first part, as drawn by Tom Fowler, kicked off with Jango Fett seamlessly fulfilling a contract to kill Black Sun’s Vigo Antonin for Dreddon the Hutt. Upon returning to Dreddon’s domicile, he’s surprised to find the Hutt dead and the shape-shifting bounty hunter Zam Wesell lying in wait for him. As it turned out, she had been hired by Antonin to kill Dreddon, so they were both left with dead clients and no payout. Going their separate ways, Jango returned home to Kamino and his son Boba, but soon headed to Coruscant to meet with Fernooda, who worked for a collector wanting a stolen artifact from Seylott returned to him.

Star Wars: Jango Fett (2002) #1

Star Wars: Jango Fett (2002) #1

  • Published: March 13, 2002
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 15, 2016
  • Writer: Ron Marz
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Jango then traveled to Seylott to track down the artifact where he explored ancient ruins and tangled with huge insectoid monsters. Upon finding a native with his quarry, Fett blasted him. The being then explained that the infant—the artifact—needed to be with its mother and also referred to it as the “destroyer of worlds” before dying. After walking away from the temple, Jango once again found himself held up by Zam, who snuck up behind him with blaster at the ready. As it happened, Fernooda hired her too and she accepted the gig for the same reason her rival did: to make up for their earlier jobs going south.

The duo spoke for a bit, but found themselves interrupted when another insect creature attacked. At first, Jango grabbed the artifact and ran, but thought better of it and returned to save his fellow bounty hunter. Zam left without the idol, claiming they were even until their next meeting.

That time would come in the ZAM WESELL one-shot by Marz and artist Ted Naifeh, which began with a Jedi Council meeting about General Ashaar Khorda, the Annoo-Dat radical who hired Fernooda to find people to get the artifact in the previous story. They discovered that he intended to use the weapon on one of three planets: Alderaan, Corellia, or Coruscant. The mission proved so sensitive, that only members from the council itself were sent to each planet to aid in its defense. Meanwhile, Zam traveled to Kamino to tell Jango that he helped Khorda get his hands on a weapon that, as she described, “causes a disturbance in the Force large enough to rip apart a world. Coruscant to be exact.”

Star Wars: Zam Wesell (2002) #1

Star Wars: Zam Wesell (2002) #1

  • Published: March 27, 2002
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 15, 2016
  • Writer: Ron Marz
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Though it took some convincing, Zam ultimately got Jango to see that they should go take care of this mistake themselves. On Coruscant, Khorda plotted with his faithful as Jedi Council Member Yarael Poof and the two bounty hunters independently looked for the villain. All of the parties collided at the best place to blow up a planet: its core. A battle ensued, but in the fray Khorda placed the artifact in the power core. Thanks to some unexpected teamwork from Poof, Jango, and Zam, they saved the city and returned the idol to Seylott.

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Zam Wesell made her big screen debut in “Attack of the Clones.” In that film the Clawdite from Zolan worked with Jango Fett once again to kill Senator Amidala. First, she tried bombing the platform they landed on and later used poisonous snake-like creatures called kouhuns, but Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker stopped her both times. They found her at a nearby bar and were just about to get Jango Fett’s name out of the bounty hunter when her so-called partner killed her from a distance.

Jix, another secret agent of Darth Vader’s, takes center stage next time in STAR WARS: SHADOW STALKER by Ryder Windham and Nick Choles.

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The Resistance’s ace pilot takes on a bold new mission!

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For a guy who skipped out on a significant portion of “The Force Awakens,” Poe Dameron sure scored a lot of fans in his first big screen outing. Charles Soule and Phil Noto also saw the potential in the character, launching an ongoing series in 2016 that lead up to his appearance in the film.

To kick things off General Leia Organa sent Poe Dameron and BB-8 on a mission to find Lor San Tekka and get the information he had about Luke Skywalker’s location, which lead directly into the beginning of “Force Awakens.” To complete the task, Poe put together a team that included Snap Wexley, Karé Kun, L’ulo, and Jess Pava. They then traveled to Tekka’s last known location: the planet Ovanis. While Dameron and BB-8 tried to get information from the cosmic egg-worshipping, underground dwellers dubbed the Créche about Lor San Tekka, the others flew around above where they soon spotted a First Order ship that followed a tracker placed on Poe’s craft!

Lead by Agent Terex, a squad of Stormtroopers descended below the surface to track down Dameron. Captain Phasma herself ordered this mission after Poe intercepted sensitive information in the pages of the “Before the Awakening” novel. As his friends flew interference above, our hero tried getting the upper hand on Terex, but he had his Troopers start fire blasting the egg. To everyone’s surprise, the object of worship opened to reveal a giant, blue, winged creature who didn’t seem to appreciate being hatched. Dameron used the distraction to gain the upper hand, though that went out the window when another giant creature, this one black, also appeared in the cavern.

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The two giants took off into the air, crashing through the ceiling of their underground dwelling where one killed the other. The timing could not have been better as Black Squadron had been running low on fuel from their battles with the New Order’s TIE Fighters. In the end, the Créche gave Poe the information he needed about where Lor San Tekka headed after staying with them and then took off on their newly hatched god. Black Squadron left Agent Terex and his men in the cavern, but alerted their ship upon leaving for the next location.

And that’s just the first three issues of STAR WARS: POE DAMERON!

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Temmin “Snap” Wexley not only appears alongside the title character in POE DAMERON, but also in “The Force Awakens” as portrayed by longtime J.J. Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg, and in Chuck Wendig’s “Aftermath” novels. The first installment of the latter takes place between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” and introduces the reader to Snap’s mother, a Rebel pilot named Norra Wexley, and a younger version of Temmin on his home planet Akiva. Norra continued leading her squadron on missions in “Aftermath: Life Debt” while young Temmin also continued to embark on adventures.

Next time, Ron Marz chronicles the connection between STAR WARS: JANGO FETT and STAR WARS: ZAM WESELL with Tom Fowler and Ted Naifeh!

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Darth Vader attempts to ensnare Luke Skywalker with an elaborate trap!

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Luke Skywalker and his pals found themselves wrapped up in some wild family politics in the pages of STAR WARS #3537 from 1980. In the first installment of the Archie Goodwin and Carmine Infantino trio of issues, Darth Vader discovered the name of the young man who blew up the Death Star and then found out what happened in the previous arc from General Tagge.

Disgusted at Imperial General Tagge’s inability to destroy the Millennium Falcon, which held all of his enemies in one place, Vader questioned the new Baron’s motives. He then revealed that his two brothers actually survived the attack, but remained in suspended animation. The message became clear: if he wished for them to stay that way, Tagge had better stop working against the Empire.

Some time later, Luke and Blue Squadron stumbled upon TIE Fighters chasing a ship in the patrol pattern around Yavin-4. They escorted the target craft to base and met Sister Domina of the Order of the Sacred Circle. She explained that, while their planet Monastary usually stayed neutral in matters of galactic politics, Vader recently appeared to plead the Empire’s case and she hoped that someone from the Rebellion would return with her to do the same for that side.

Leia’s name first jumped to the top of the list, but Luke also wanted to go. Domina explained that they’d only allow one representative and she suggested the young man. The council agreed and he flew off with them the next day joined only by R2-D2, followed by the Falcon and its usual occupants to keep an eye on their boy.

Later, after landing on Monastery with Luke, Domina spoke in private with Vader, revealing herself as a member of the Tagge family. In fact, she even blamed Luke for one of her brothers’ deaths, not knowing that he still lived!

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As forces gathered with the goal of ending Luke on Monastery, a Star Destroyer moved towards the Falcon, intending to inspect the ship. They hid Leia, but soon had trouble when Wermis noted that their papers had been forged. Back on the planet, Skywalker went to defend the Rebellion only to find himself under fire from Domina Tagge.

In an effort to free the locked-up Han and Chewie, Leia set off charges, one of which woke up the previous Baron Tagge. She then grabbed her friends, got back to the Falcon, and took off only to discover that Tagge stowed away with them. He ordered an immediate landing on Monastery.

Down on the planet, Vader and Luke were led to the Crystal Valley to battle after following their own paths. The Falcon landed not long after, but they didn’t arrive in time to stop the rivals from beginning a lightsaber battle. However, Vader actually cast an illusion around Tagge as a dummy for Skywalker to attack. Without wasting much time, the good guys got back together and took off for relative safety.

From the Jedi Temple Archives

Though it’s not mentioned much outside of these three issues, the Order of the Sacred Circle sounds an awful lot like it works hand in hand with the Jedi belief in the Force. From what little we know, the Order believes in “the ever-renewing circle of life.” The Force also works in a cyclical nature, as evidenced by many of the similarities in the stories chronicling its believers’ adventures. More so, it’s interesting to note how those very close with the Force wind up sticking around as ghosts, helping those still living deal with the challenges they face, essentially continuing the cycle of knowledge even when death enters the picture.

Next time, fly into action with the first POE DAMERON arc by Charles Soule and Phil Noto!

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Pirate Nym returns to his home system to fight not just fellow sea criminal Sol Sixxa, but also the

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Many think of Han Solo as an iconic swashbuckler in the Star Wars Universe, but he doesn’t hold a candle to STAR WARS: STARFIGHTER – CROSSBONES star Nym! Based on characters introduced in the 2001 video game “Star Wars: Starfighter,” this full-on three-issue pirate adventure from 2002 comes from the minds of writer Haden Blackman and artist Ramon Bachs.

The action began six years after the events of “The Phantom Menace” on the planet Maramere in the Karthakk system as a Neimoidian Trade Federation ship came under fire from a local pirate by the name of Sol Sixxa. After successfully sinking their ship and making off with some mysterious cargo, the ne’er-do-wells disappeared.

Fearing for the safety of her people as the Trade Federation set Sixxa and his pirates in their sites, Ambassador Loreli Ro of the Mere set out to find Nyx. At the time, the one-time hero of the Battle of Naboo fought in a clan war on Rodia that ended with plenty of dead Greedo lookalikes, but also more than a few double crosses.

Though initially uninterested in helping out the people of Maramere, Nym agreed after Loreli offered him the one thing he seemed to care about: money. Not long after Nym and his crew arrived on Maramere in his ship, Havoc, and immediately drew attention from both the Trade Federation and Sixxa’s people. To get some information on his prey, he went on a diving expedition to see what kind of weaponry they had, but ran into a sea monster called a Relix and lost a hand in the process.

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After escaping from the beast and finding a protocol droid’s head, Nym and company set sail for their battle with Sol Sixxa. Now outfitted with a small laser cannon to replace his missing hand, our hero led his people against his rival’s with bravery and cunning. The sea battle raged both above and below the waves, but it soon became clear what invention Sol Sixxa stole initially: a highly effective cloaking device.

The two groups of pirates ended up joining forces to fight the Trade Federation droid forces that showed up and Nym made a sneaky deal with Sixxa that helped solve the immediate problem, but also set up an alliance to stick it to their shared enemies even further!

From the Jedi Temple Archives

As mentioned above, Nym and Vana Sage—who appeared in a few pages of the first issue of CROSSBONES—made their debut in the “Star Wars: Starfighter” video game from 2001. The game allowed players to take control of Nym, Vana, and another pilot named Rhys Dallows as they performed various missions defending the Senate from the Trade Federation forces and other threats. Between the game and CROSSBONES we know that Nym caused enough problems for the Trade Federation that they put a huge bounty on his head that eventually lead to his downfall. He quickly escaped, tried to save defend his base on Lok, but ultimately failed. Fueled by his hatred of the Federation, he joined the Royal Security Force and fought in the Battle of Naboo, defending the planet itself while the others attacked in space. After that, he refused official pardon from the Senate, a reward, and membership in the RSF to head back out on his own and get back to that pirate lifestyle.

Next week the Star Wars Spotlight spins back around to the original series from Marvel Comics!

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Obi-Wan feverishly searches for the supposedly dead Asajj Ventress!

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What’s a Jedi to do when they get some time off after fighting in the Clone Wars for a year? Anakin Skywalker travelled to Naboo to hang out with his love Padme, but Obi-Wan went a different route, leading into STAR WARS: OBSESSION by Haden Blackman and Brian Ching.  Published between 2004 and 2005, the five issue series focused on Master Kenobi as he continued to search for Asajj Ventress even though Anakin firmly believed that he had killed the warrior.

Setting out on this crusade alone, Kenobi first traveled to Trigalis where he tore through Xist’s forces to get a clue about Ventress’ whereabouts leading him to a space yacht near Maramere. The Jedi Council could not spare any more help on Obi-Wan’s mission, so he decided to interrupt Anakin’s vacation and ask him for help. Begrudgingly, the new Jedi Knight agreed, and the duo made their way directly to a ship filled with dead people and a massive cyborg bounty hunter named Durge. Realizing Xist had set him up, Obi-Wan raced to get information from Durge’s ship while Anakin faced the hulking beast.

As the ship exploded around them, Anakin used his Jedi abilities first to get the upper hand on Durge, but also to throw him into an escape pod and aim it directly into a nearby sun. The Jedi nearly died themselves, but found salvation when The Intervention appeared filled with their brethren and Bail Organa to save them before carrying them on to Ventress’ supposed location on Boz Pity.

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Thanks to some fancy—and nearly deadly—flying from Anakin, the Republic representatives got past the blockade around the planet with the Jedi landing on planet. There they found themselves facing both General Grievous and Count Dooku. While the others battled fiercely, Obi-Wan entered a lab and found that Ventress still lived!

Unleashed, Ventress immediately attacked Master Kenobi. He wanted to save her, but ultimately failed as she continued with her evil ways up until the point where Dooku and Grievous flew away, leaving her to deal with the Jedi, Clones and their impending victory. Still believing in her potential goodness, Obi-Wan told the soldiers to take her back to Coruscant to give her a proper burial. Later, on the medical ship, she woke up—having used Sith meditation techniques—and asked the pilots to “fly as far away as you can.”

From the Jedi Temple Archives

Though Durge met his end in OBSESSION, he began life as a character on the “Star Wars: Clone Wars” animated series. The Gen’Dai bounty hunter with an affinity for armor and a hatred for Mandalorians lived for a few thousand years and eventually became a commander in Count Dooku’s Confederacy of Independent Systems, which further brought him into conflict with Obi-Wan and Anakin.

Next time, dig further into the world of the “Star Wars: Starfighter” video game with the CROSSBONES three issues series from 2002!

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Luke and Leia fight for their lives and try to escape the Empire!

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

Blowing up the Death Star at the end of “A New Hope” might have seemed like a final nail in the coffin to some viewers back when the film came out, but as we all saw in the ensuing sequels, the Rebellion still had its work cut out for it. In the wake of those heroic events, Luke and Leia continued their efforts to unify more people against the evils of the Empire as seen in adaptations like SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE by Terry Austin and Chris Sprouse.

The story began with the siblings who didn’t yet know they were related flying to Circarpous IV, but having to land on the fifth planet in the system due to Leia’s ship being damaged. While trying to land, the pair find themselves hit by a strange energy that downs both ships. Eventually, the two heroes of the Rebellion—as well as R2-D2 and C-3PO—met up with one another and discovered the source of the unusual signals they’d received: An Imperial mining operation! To survive, Leia and Luke dressed as miners and infiltrated the colony.

From there, they came across an old woman named Halla who not only exhibited a connection to the Force, but also said she could get them off planet if they helped her get her hands on the power-amplifying Kaiburr crystal. Instead of getting right down to that business, our heroes found themselves tussling with some actual miners, which attracted the attention of Captain-Supervisor Grammel. He tossed them in jail and then ran their images up the Imperial flagpole which eventually garnered a visit from none other than Darth Vader himself.

Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind'S Eye (1995) #1

Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind'S Eye (1995) #1

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With the help of Halla, the droids and their Yuzzem cell mates, Leia and Luke escaped to go on an epic journey over and through the planet, meeting and battling strange creatures along the way. They even briefly encountered Vader before both of them took off on the many-day trip to the ancient temple holding the Kaiburr crystal. The good guys arrived first, but only by moments, leading to a brutal fight between father and son that lost the former one of his artificial arms and also sent him down into a deep, dark pit.

Realizing it would serve him better, Halla handed over the crystal to Luke after healing him and then he used it to save Leia from the slash across her belly that Vader gave with his lightsaber. Fixed up, they made their way to get off planet and on to their next adventure.

From the Jedi Temple Archives

SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE actually began life as a book in 1978 by Alan Dean Foster who had ghostwritten the novelization of “A New Hope.” The idea was for Foster to present a story that could be filmed with a relatively smaller budget than the first film, in case it didn’t succeed financially. Of course, that turned out to be an unnecessary precaution, but that still left the world with “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” the novel, which has been retroactively dubbed the first piece of Expanded Universe storytelling!

When next we meet, we’ll venture into the first arc of the ongoing CLONE WARS series!

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