Monday, July 5, 2021

Star Wars Comics: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #15-19, Dark Force Rising #1-2

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X-Wing Rogue Squadron #15: The Warrior Princess, Part 3
Originally Released January 1, 1997
Writers: Michael A. Stackpole and Scott Tolson
Artist: John Nadeau
In-Story Timeline: 4 ABY

  • Princess Plourr and Count Rial bond but then are attacked by resistance soldiers.
  • The rest of Rogue Squadron is captured by Stormtroopers.
  • Well, all except for Wedge and Tycho who find Plourr and Rial just after the latter two have kicked the snot out of the soldiers who attacked them.
  • Plourr reveals she knows Harran is not her real brother... because she killed her real brother.

X-Wing Rogue Squadron #16: The Warrior Princess, Part 4
February 1, 1997
Stackpole and Tolson/Nadeau

  • Plourr tells the story of her brother, the one driven by cruelty who became enamored of Darth Vader and the ways of the Sith.  She killed him in self-defense.  He wanted to turn her over to the nobles  when they rebelled so he could watch them kill her.  By killing him, she managed to get away.
  • Tavira, the imposter Harran's Imperialist lover, holds several members of Rogue Squadron captive and reveals her sinister plans to them.  As you do.  She plans to kill them so she figures there's no harm in spilling her guts.
  • The good guys win and Harran is revealed as a fraud.
  • Plourr decides to say and help set her world in order.

X-Wing Rogue Squadron #17: Requiem for a Rogue, Part 1
March 1, 1997
Stackpole and Jan Strnad/Gary Erskine

  • Rogue Squadron has been sent to find a lost Bothan cruise ship.
  • They find the ship on Malrev IV, a presumably uncivilized war.  Once there, they're unexpectedly attacked by TIE Fighters.
  • Wedge is shot down and feared lost.
  • Then the planet's native attack them on the ground.  Presumed primitives, they wield Imperial weapons.
  • Wedge has been captured by a Devaronian, as yet unidentified.

X-Wing Rogue Squadron #18: Requiem for a Rogue, Part 2
April 1, 1997
Stackpole and Strnad/Erskine

  • The Devaronian reveals to Wedge that he was once an Imperial officer, left behind when the Empire abandoned the planet.  He has learned to bend the natives to his own will.
  • Our heroes find the temple where Wedge is being held and attack it.
  • Meanwhile, Wedge escapes to rejoin them.
  • Girov Dza'tey, the leader of the Bothans is not what he seems.  His sympathies lie with the Empire.  
  • They found the temple because Dllr has been drawn to it by mysterious music.  Now, breaking away from the group, he enters the temple, only to be taken prisoner by the Devaronian, himself.

X-Wing Rogue Squadron #19: Requiem for a Rogue, Part 3
May 1, 1997
Stackpole and Strnad/Erskine

  • The Devaronian is finally named: Cartariun.
  • The Rogues win an air battle against TIE-Fighters piloted by Cartariun's minions.
  • At last, Dllr sees through the music which drew him to the temple and is able to rebel against Cartariun's control.  
  • Then he digs into the Dark Side in order to fight Cartariun.
  • But on the last page, Girov turns up and shoots Dllr in the back.

Dark Force Rising #1
May 1, 1997
Based on the novel of the same name by Timothy Zahn
Mike Baron/Terry Dodson

  • The Thrawn Trilogy continues.  Dark Force Rising is book #2.
  • Talon Karrde, Mara Jade and their band are now on the run with Admiral Thrawn in pursuit.
  • Leia, accompanied by Chewie and Threepio, heads to the Noghri homeland to try to convert them to the Rebel cause.

Dark Force Rising #2
June 25, 1997
Based on the novel of the same name by Timothy Zahn

  • Luke (with Artoo) heads off to meet C'baoth on Jormak, not knowing yet that the older Jedi is in kahoots with Thrawn.
  • Han and Lando are headed to New Cov to find evidence of a spy network.
  • Leia, Chewie and Threepio arrive on the Noghri homeworld of Honoghr.  Thrawn is there, too, and suspects their presence.  So far, though, their hosts have managed to keep them hidden.

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