|Events that occur from 2 years before
to 5 years after the Battle of Yavin.
|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
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Review Score 4.5 /
Assassination of 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
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!
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!
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
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...
story occurs approximately 2 months after the Battle
These stories occur shortly before and approximately 2 months after the
Battle of Yavin.
Related Stories (in
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.
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".
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.
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
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