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Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995) - ½
(Empire Strikes Back First Day Presentation)

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Cover Date: February 21 1997
Cover Price: Free

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 16 pages

This is a version of the following issue:
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.)

This version of issue #1/2 was given out in select theatres at the release of The Empire Strikes Back SE. Thus, the "cover date" is the same thing as the theatrical release date of that film.

There is a matter of some debate over whether this or the version that was on offer with Wizard #67 is the first edition of the book. And, for that, one would really have to go all the way back to the printer's logs to find the definitive answer. This edition, by its very nature, had to be in theatres on 21 Feb 97, exactly. The Wizard Magazine giveaway was offered with the (cover-dated) March 97 issue. Thus, It's quite possible that the hardcore collector could have sent in their card for their free issue before going to the ESB re-release, but actually gotten their Mail-In edition after they picked up the ESB edition.

Basically, it's a kind of "chicken or the egg" scenario with these two editions, but the best guess is the Mail-In was probably printed first, simply because it had the higher print run. But they were likely printed more or less simultaneously, because the only difference seems to have been the cover.

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. It certainly pre-dates the Battle of Yavin.

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