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Cover Date: September 1 1997
Cover Price: US $25.00
Issue Tagline: None.
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 16 pages
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Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995) ½
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Wedge, Biggs, Porkins and Doc have come to Commenor on a secret mission to pick up R2 units necessary to fly X-Wings most efficiently. The Alliance has taken a pounding in recent days, and are starved enough of astromech droids that it has become a mission of critical importance.
Unfortunately, their movements have not been so covert as they would have liked. They got into a fight with some local thugs, and now one of them has run to the planet's stormtrooper garrison to get some revenge by tattling on the quartet.
While the four negotiate the final deal for the R2 units, a hidden stormtrooper watches the transaction go down. He quietly leaves before they do so that he can alert a TIE-fighter squadron in orbit of Commenor's moon.
When they attempt to jump back to the Rebel base on Yavin 4 with the R2 units, they are therefore surprised to find Imperials blocking their progress. A battle ensues, during which Doc must sacrifice herself and her X-wing so the others can safely jump back home.
Safely back on Yavin 4, they mourn the loss of their fallen comrade just as her replacement--a kid from Tatooine named "Skywalker"--arrives.
(Ironically, this issue never features Rogue Squadron, but serves instead as a kind of introduction to its pre-cursor, Red Squadron.)
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This is the version which could have been bought directly from Dark Horse, and postdates the versions offered by Wizard #67 or given away at some first-day screenings of The Empire Strikes Back SE.
This story is the only part of this entire title--and in a sense, it's not part of the regular run of the title--which takes place prior to the Battle of Endor. In fact, it could be construed to pre-date Episode IV slightly.
The price for this issue is the current price (as of February 2006) given on Dark Horse's website, as the issue was available for purchase separate from Wizard. Is it actually the cover price? Maybe, maybe not--but were it available, it would be the price you'd pay today. Dark Horse has currently not posted an accurate cover image, and there were too many alternative versions printed to definitively rule out the possibility of a Dark Horse-only version of the book that originally sold for $25.00. It seems more likely that this is a typo, and that the issue went for $2.50, but until evidence is supplied to the contrary, this database will go with the data from the publisher's website.
While comicbookdb.com tentatively accepts the price currently given by Dark Horse, it rejects the date on their website, as it makes very little sense that a Direct Edition could possibly predate both the Wizard magazine cover date and the release of the SE of Episode V. September 1997 is the date given by rebelscum.com, a generally reliable independent source of information on obscure things Star Wars. It also makes "common sense" that the Direct Edition would follow the "Authenticated" Mail-In edition by at least six months.
The big uncertainty about this issue is the cover image. Clues found on various collector fora suggest that the direct edition had an altered cover. This makes sense, but neither WIzard, Dark Horse, nor rebelscum's websites back this up. Dark Horse's website is the most troubling, as it gives a cover to issue #5 as the cover for Issue #1/2. Both rebelscum.com and WIzard suggest that it looks no different than the Mail-In edition's--but this seems a little less likely. If there's no visual distinction between the two editions, then the Certificate of Authenticity given with the Mail-In is rather worthless. For the time being then, comicbookdb.com is not going to offer a cover image for this edition--until definitive proof can be found.
Admin Note 6 May 2006:In response to questions from this website, Dark Horse has since changed the cover image on their site for this issue. As it's the same as the Mail-In edition, though, we're still reluctant to post that image as the "official" one for the Direct Edition.
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