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

[In The Shadow Of Yavin]

Graphic Novel
Published as Star Wars Volume 1:
In the Shadow of Yavin.
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[things from another world]


[Forbidden Planet Intenational]

This story is included in:

[Epic Collection: The Rebellion: Volume 1]
Epic Collection: The Rebellion: Volume 1

Comic Book series
Published January thru June & October
2013  as Star Wars #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 & #6
& Free Comic Book Day 2013 issue
by Dark Horse Comics:

[Star Wars - issue #1][Star Wars - issue #1 (Hastings cover)]

Issue #1

Issue #1
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Issue #1
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Issue #1
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[Star Wars - issue #1 (Alex Ross sketch cover)][Star Wars - issue #2]

Issue #1
(Alex Ross sketch cover)

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Issue #2
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[Star Wars - issue #3 (Alex Ross sketch cover)][Star Wars - issue #4]

Issue #3
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Issue #4

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Issue #4
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Issue #5

[Star Wars - issue #6][Free Comic Book Day 2013]

Issue #6

The Assassination of Darth Vader
Free Comic Book Day 2013

e-Comic Book
Published 2013 by Dark Horse Digital,
re-published 2015 by Marvel.

In The Shadow of Yavin
Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross et al.
Dark Horse Comics
Story published as:
Comic Book series (2013)
e-Comic Book (2013, 2015)
Graphic Novel (2013)
Epic Collection Graphic Novel (2016)
Alternative language(s):[Also published in French language]

If you have read this story, please rate it:
Review Score 4.5 / 5 [1 review]


  • The Assassination of Darth Vader
    Darth Vader is aware of an assassination attempt as he goes out to meet with Boba Fett aboard the Star Destroyer Devastator. His rival doesn’t care about the collateral damage as he tries to get Vader out of the way. But the armored Dark Lord of the Sith is not without his own surprises, including his understanding of how his enemy has underestimated him – and how to account for other factors.
    This story occurs shortly before the Battle of Yavin

  • In the Shadow of Yavin
    Following the destruction of the Death Star a cagey young Imperial officer seems to anticipate the Rebels’ every move, so Princess Leia forms a “stealth squadron”, including Luke Skywalker,to expose a suspected spy within their ranks.
    Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca run afoul of bounty hunter Boba Fett, and the Emperor sends Darth Vader on a secret mission!
    Princess Leia has formed a secret squadron of stealth X-wings to help expose a spy within the Rebel ranks. But taking command puts her at odds with Luke Skywalker at a time they need solidarity more than ever, especially when the spy has alerted the Empire to Han Solo’s latest venture!
    As Princess Leia’s stealth squadron lays a trap for the spy within their ranks, she soon realizes that the Rebels are ill prepared for the Empire’s zealous pursuit. Meanwhile, Han Solo flees from the Empire through the lower levels of Coruscant, and Luke Skywalker enjoys being grounded with a female friend...
    When Princess Leia is caught between two squadrons of TIE fighters, her undercover scouting may be at an end. But Luke Skywalker is doing his best to disobey Leia’s own orders, and to once again save the princess. Time is short and the Empire is closing in!
    When he and Chewbacca are cornered by Imperials, Han Solo resorts to an improvised plan—with the most dangerous results imaginable! Meanwhile, half a galaxy away, Princess Leia and Wedge Antilles prepare for certain death, unaware that Luke Skywalker has an improvisation of his own. And Darth Vader is watching...
    This story occurs approximately 2 months after the Battle of Yavin.

These stories occur shortly before and approximately 2 months after the Battle of Yavin.

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Review of Issue #1 by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics, January 2013:
"Two months have passed since Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star over Yavin IV and now the Rebel Alliance are searching the galaxy for a new base. Now Luke, Princess Leia and Wedge Antilles, each piloting their own X-Wing, are conducting such a search in the Outer Rim when they are ambushed by an Imperial Star Destroyer. In their attempt to escape Leia is forced to crash land on a prospective planet and has to resort to hand-to-hand combat against the TIE pilot who shot her down just to survive.
"Meanwhile Mon Mothma is sending Han Solo and Chewbacca on their own secret mission for the Rebellion while the Emperor, displeased with Darth Vader's failure at Yavin IV, has a new mission for the Dark Lord of the Sith and promises him new rewards.
"In just 22 pages Wood achieves a remarkable amount of insight into our favourite characters post-Yavin. Luke is emotionally confused: in a very short time he has gone from being a farmboy dreaming of a career in the Imperial Navy to becoming the last hope for a galaxy; he has witnessed the loss of his adoptive carers, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, his friend, Biggs Darklighter, and his mentor, "Ben" Kenobi, all to Imperial forces. Now he is the hero of the Rebellion and he questions all these deaths "for the glory of destroying the Death Star".
"Leia better understands the reality her of situation: being an officer of the Alliance and her political career as a Senator has allowed her to distance herself from recent events. But there is an inner turmoil for not giving enough personal time to grieve for the loss of her own "parents" and her homeworld. There is also an underlying insinuation that Leia feels, in at least some part, responsible for the destruction of Alderaan.
"Han may still be the cocky scoundrel from Episode IV but within him there is a realisation that things have undoubtly changed: although he is no longer welcome on any of his favourite planets, he is now afforded a certain amount of protection for being a member of the Rebel Alliance. While Chewbacca's sense of enduring honour is helping to keep Han on the right road. Vader is haunted not only by his failure at Yavin but of Imperial officers usurping his influence with the Emperor. Yet the Dark Lord of the Sith is fearful: not of the Emperor's wrath but by a name - a name from his past.
"On the whole D'Anda's art is superb: there is a lot of detail in every frame and captures Lucas's vision of a "lived-in universe" - even before she crashes, dents and scratches are clearly visible on Leia's helmet indicating that even a Princess fighting in the Rebel Alliance has to wear second-hand gear. D'Anda's illustrations help to move the story forward and there are no points where the story stalls due to the undecipherable frame. In most cases facial expression is correctly captured: from Leia's determination to survive her hand-to-hand encounter to Han's smirk. However where D'Anda appears to fall down is character depiction. While facial expressions are accurate, our heroes suffer from a strong stylistic design: whether it is Luke's square chin or Mon Mothma's angular face; it can be difficult to recognise some human characters while some non-humans, Chewie in particular, appear to be modelled on the Star Wars Holiday Special.
"Eltaeb's colouring compliments Wood's story with the heavy use of blue tones throughout reflecting the content of the various discussions heard in this story.
"There can be no doubt that this story will have many continuity fans up in arms given that it seems to step on the toes of existing post-Yavin stories but, and even though we are just one issue in, this story has more merit to it that some of the pre-existing stories - not unless Wood decides to introduce talking rabbits in future issues!
"Overall, #1 is a solid start to one of the most anticipated Star Wars comics of recent times and if the films are your only source of Star Wars lore (plus perhaps the odd novel or The Clone Wars animated series) then this is highly recommended as an excellent introduction to the Star Wars Expanded Universe.."
4.5 / 5

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