Decades after his last confrontation with Celeste Morne, Darth Vader is once again determined to get his hands on the Muur Talisman. When Vader sends a platoon of Stormtroopers down to the planet Celeste is stranded on, they find, unfortunately, Celeste is alive and well. Using of the power of the Talisman, Morne turns the Stormtroopers into mindless Rakghoul minions.
After loosing contact, Vader assumes the worst. Seeing the opportunity of wounding the Rebellion by exposing them to the Rakghoul plaque. Vader tells Wil Tarson, a captive of the Empire, to plant information about an abandoned Imperial superweapon on Celeste’s moon into the Rebellion spy networks. With any luck, the Rebellion will send an army down to the surface, and have them killed by the Rakghouls.
The Rebels jump at the chance of finding an Imperial superweapon, and a commando group lead by Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia is launched. Apon arriving at the crash site of the afflicted Stormtrooper’s landing shuttles, the Rebels are attacked by an army of Rakghouls. The troops are either killed or evacuated back out in the Rebel’s landing ship, and in the fray, Luke and Leia are left behind on the moon.
This was a great issue! This is what Rebellion should have been from the beginning. Cool stories, original characters, great art.
Weaver drew this issue in his more inked, cartoony style, comparable to his art in KOTOR 21-24. When I saw some scans of the art on Dustin’s blog prior to the release of the issue, I was a little disappointed he didn’t decide to do the art like his pages in Knights of the Old Republic: Flashpoint, or one of his more realistic-style issues. But after seeing the art colored by Wil Glas, I can’t see him doing it any other way. The art is perfect for this issue. His portrayals of original trilogy characters are spot-on, and he perhaps draws the best Han Solo I’ve ever seen drawn in a Star Wars comic book. This issue proves yet again that Weaver is a highly talented, highly adverse artist who can create a painting-like cover for Legacy and then turn around and pencil and ink a comic book featuring OT characters.
The cover by Travis Cherest is, as always, great, but I wish it had been somthing more relevant to this issue. Karness appears only on the last page of the issue, and Celeste is seen very briefly in the beggining of this issue attacking the Stormtroopers. I would have rather seen some OT characters on the cover.
Great issue. It does make me wonder, and I say this a lot, how will they wrap this up in one more issue? Dark Horse’s writers continue to amaze me. I can’t wait to see what they do.