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Cover Date: February 1997
Cover Price: Free
Issue Tagline: None.
Format: Color; Flipbook; 16 pages
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Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995) ½ Direct Edition
Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995) ½ Empire Strikes Back First Day Presentation
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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.)
Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995) TPB vol. 04
This issue was co-published by WIzard and Dark Horse, and offered as a bonus with Wizard #67. In truth, it had no actual cover-date, but the date of Feb/March is extrapolated from the fact that it was offered in the March 1997 issue of Wizard, which would have likely shipped in February. It also is a good date to give, because it represents the fact that if you picked up your copy of Wizard #67 in February, you probably wouldn't have gotten your copy of this issue mailed back to you until March.
In any case, this story was 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, the bulk of the story could be construed to pre-date Episode IV slightly. As the final panels make clear, though, it certainly pre-dates the Battle of Yavin.
Given below, as an alternate cover, is the original certificate of authenticity that came with the comic. Note that the language on the certificate is perhaps only very technically true. Yes, issues that came with the certificate were never precisely reproduced, but it was possible to get other, virtually identical issues through other means.
This issue is considered by this database to be the first, or "parent", edition to the other versions of issue #1/2.
Background artwork on the Certificate of Authenticity is from Harrison's cover to issue #9 of this series.
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