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[The Rebellion]
Events that occur from 2 years before to 5 years after the Battle of Yavin.

[ Classic Star Wars: Volume 2: The Rebel Storm ]

Graphic Novel published as
Classic Star Wars: The Rebel Storm.
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[things from another world]

Comic Strip published 1981 by LA Times; Comic Book series published April thru November 1993 as Classic Star Wars #8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 15 by Dark Horse Comics:

[issue 8][issue 9]

Issue #8Issue #9

[issue 10][issue 11]

Issue #10Issue #11

[issue 12][issue 13]

Issue #12Issue #13

[issue 14]

Issue #14

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The Rebel Storm
Archie Goodwin et al.
Dark Horse Comics [US]; Boxtree Limited [UK]
Stories published as:
Comic Strips (1981, 2005-2007)
Comic Book Series (1992-1993)
Graphic Novel (1994)
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This is the second volume of LA Times newspaper strips from the early 1980s reformatted for the comic book page.
After the events in the previous volume (In Deadly Pursuit), Luke, Han, and Leia find their rebel base under attack. And so the search for a new home base begins. There is no peace for the crew of the Millennium Falcon between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Follow their adventures as they plunge head first into an underwater hunt that leads to a demonsquid, a treasonous and plotting Kraaken, the ferocious night beast, lost power gems, stranded Calamarians, and giant sea worms.
This volume collates the following stories:

  • Traitor's Gambit (pt.2)
    As the Empire's harassment of Yavin worsens from blockade to attack, General Dodonna orders a general alert, informing Rebel ships to stay clear of the system. The heroes decide to take Luke's information on the Super Star Destroyer to Aquaris, where an underwater Rebel sympathiser base lies. The group is led by one Commander Silver Fyre - a name Han recognises as a mercenary and star pirate leader who once hijacked a spice shipment from him. Realising Leia will want solid proof Fyre is not on their side, Han speaks loudly about the droids' information when he knows he is being listened to. The following morning, Fyre leads the group on a hunting party, where she intends to set up a phoney rescue to prove she is on the level - only it becomes a real rescue when the group is set upon by a giant squid. It turns out that while Fyre is not a traitor, her second-in-command Kraaken is. Leia surprises him with the droids – she’s suspected a traitor since Kabal. Han stops him before he can escape, and Fyre's Freeholders become full-time Rebels.

  • The Night Beast
    The Rebels launch an attack on the Imperial fleet around Yavin to relieve the pressure on the beleaguered base. During the fight, a TIE Bomber crashes into a Massassi temple - unintentionally awakening one of Exar Kun's creations, a giant beast. The beast attacks a base watching post during the victory party, which Vrad Dodonna accuses Chewbacca of. The Wookiee is in fact fighting the monster, which heads into the main hangar and starts wrecking fighters - until sunrise, when it vanishes. Realising the creature stirs the Force; Luke uses it to lure the creature out of hiding and onto a Rebel supply ship, which the creature takes out of the system. Luke notes that this was pure luck, and he needs more help in learning how to use the Force.

  • The Return of Ben Kenobi
    A report comes in from Aridus: Ben Kenobi is alive and living there! Luke immediately goes (with an unintentionally stowaway Threepio) to check it out. This "Kenobi" is in fact an actor hired by Vader to trap Skywalker. "Ben" leads Luke towards an Iron Tower that is using ultrasonic frequencies to cripple the natives - a Tower where Vader is waiting for them. Increasingly conflicted by Luke's admiration and trust in him, the fake Ben finally turns against Vader, sacrificing himself and blowing up the Iron Tower to allow Luke to escape.

  • The Power Gem
    Frantically searching for a way to fight the Super Star Destroyer, the Rebels hit upon a weapon used in the Republic days: Iridium power gems, used by pirates to attack Republic spice convoys. Han is asked to find some. He and Chewbacca travel to Junkport Station and ask about any possible gems, wary about bounty hunters. They find their way to a planet filled with competition, all wanting the power gem. Raskar, former pirate and owner of the last power gem, will hand it to the winner of a combat tournament in his arena. Chewbacca is slated to fight, but Han comes up with a better way - put Chewbacca in an impromptu fight with the leading contender while Han goes and gets the gem.

  • Ice World
    Harassed by Imperial ships on his way back to Yavin, Luke is forced down onto the icy planet of Hoth, where he is picked up by a girl on a Tauntaun named Frija. She takes him and Threepio to her father, a former Imperial governor. The governor tries to kill Luke, but Frija protects him - seemingly to be killed by her father. Luke attacks and kills the governor - who is really a droid?! And for that matter, so is the dying Frija, who explains that she and "Father" were built to decoy the Empire while the real Frija and her father escaped. Luke contacts Yavin, saying Hoth could serve as a new base.

  • Revenge of the Jedi
    At Fondor, Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer is finally ready. Vader christens the ship Executor by vaporising a Rebel outpost on Laakteen. With evacuation now an imminent necessity, Han, and Leia pick up Luke on Hoth en route to ask the Mon Calamari for help in creating a diversion while Yavin is evacuated. They find only debris at the rendezvous point. An investigation shows Admiral Ackbar and his group jumped ship before it exploded, landing on the planet Daluuj. They find an Imperial training outpost on the same world, and a giant monster that drags the Millennium Falcon underwater. While Ackbar's men fight the monster and raise the Millennium Falcon, Luke and co. fight off the Imperials. Ackbar comes up with the idea of luring the Imperials to the lake, where the sea worms attack those ships and let the Millennium Falcon go. The group heads for Yavin.

  • Doom Mission! (pt.1)
    The Executor starts for Yavin, fighting its way through the Rebel ships. As the Millennium Falcon arrives at one of the battle aftermaths, they see a scout ship racing away. Continuing on to Yavin, they find a grieving Dodonna - Vrad is believed lost. Suddenly Vrad's ship arrives, badly damaged. Luke is suspicious - that is the same ship, and it was not damaged then. Luke and Vrad are selected for a near-suicide mission - using the almost-out-of-energy power gem against the Executor. When Luke voices his suspicions, Vrad and he take it outside for a brawl. During the fight, Vrad lets it slip that he fled the battle. Nevertheless, they head out together on the mission. Vrad lands on a barren planetoid, and announces he intends to bargain with the Empire for the gem, and strands Luke. Vader turns on his course toward the planetoid to take Skywalker. Vrad takes off, with Vader in pursuit. Han shows up, expecting that Vrad would do this, and picks Luke up. With Vader trying to pull the ship in, Vrad suddenly turns and attacks. His suicidal ram weakens the Executor's shields enough for the Millennium Falcon to damage it.

Synopsis taken from Christopher G. McElroy's Time Tales, www.theforce.net/timetales.

These stories occurs approximately 2 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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