Star Wars #14
August 1978
"The Sound of Armageddon!", 17ppg, $0.35

Writer, Editor: Archie Goodwin
Artist, Cover Pencils: Carmine Infantino
Artist, Cover Inker: Terry Austin
Letterer: Denise Wohl
Colorist: Janice Cohen
Consulting Editor: Jim Shooter


CREATURE
sea-lizard, sea-dragon

DROID
R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), C-3PO (See Threepio)

LOCATION
Drexel I

ORGANIZATION
space wreckers, Dragon Lords

STARSHIP
Crimson Jack's Cruiser

VEHICLE
wrecker city-ship, hydra-skimmer

COMMENTS
Though both listed as artists, Carmine Infantino is primarily a penciler and Terry Austin is primarily an inker. The cover art is done by Carmine Infantino and Terry Austin and is signed by the two.
SYNOPSIS
On the city-ship on the water planet in the system of Drexel, Luke Skywalker is trapped with an angry Chewbacca below decks as a battle with the dragon-lords rages above. Governor Quarg meanwhile is demanding his crew use their sonic jammer to bring down their biggest quarry yet, Crimson Jack's space cruiser.

Jack and his chief engineer work on a way to free themselves of the sonic jammer which continues to hold them when Jolli enters the bridge and informs them of the sabotage and escape of Solo and Leia.

Under the waters of the battle, Han Solo is very much alive, but unconscious and a prisoner of the dragon-lords. While on board the crashed Falcon Leia is held up with a blaster, awaiting the moment that the salvagers storm through the hatchway of the in-tow freighter.

Back on the city-ship, Governor Quarg is unhappy with the acquisition of the freighter, and continues driving his men to bring down the larger cruiser in orbit. He orders his new master machinesmith, Luke, and his droids brought topside to help. Meanwhile Luke and the droids have managed to knock the enraged wookiee out using Artoo's fire extinguisher.

Quarg demands that Luke hook the engines of the Falcon up to the city-ship in order to provide the floating salvage barge with the boost it needs. When Luke balks at the Governor's order, he produces the remaining hostage in the form of Leia to help prod the young star warriors actions.

While Quarg continues to talk he kicks one of the small lizards off the deck of his ship. The small lizard joins up with a larger lizard and together they swim into a secret underwater cavern where Han Solo has been taken by the dragon-lords. The elder dragon-lord explains the nature of the dragons and the vast network of spies that he utilizes on board their great ship. The dragon-lords decide to mount a final large scale assault on Quarg's ship.

Luke is trying to get the Falcon's engines wired up to the city-ship under increasing pressure, when a wet-suited Han finds his way aboard. But when he attempts to stop the jamming device, Luke knocks him down and takes his blaster. The power of the Falcon's engines added to the sonic jammer increases the power but also the effect on the dragons turns deadly. Leia utilizes this distraction to escape from Quarg's grasp. Chewie has also awakened due to this new signal strength and escapes from his prison as well.

Luke explains to Han that even though he has increased the signal strength, he has freed the Falcon as well and they can use their laser cannons to destroy the sonic jammer.

Quarg chases Leia onto a yardarm high above the deck. With no where left to run Leia seems trapped, when out of the air, Luke swings in to rescue her and knock Quarg off into the water. Moments later the blaster from Solo's ship destroys the yardarm and the sonic jammer as well. The battle continues even thought the tide of the war may have changed. Han does not share the optimism of everyone else, as he worries about the battle cruiser and the pirate waiting for them above.


Related Issues
Star Wars (Marvel) #11 Star Wars (Marvel) #12 Star Wars (Marvel) #13 Star Wars (Marvel) #15


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... #1 The Original Marvel Years #1 A Long Time Ago Trade Paperback #1
Star Wars (Marvel) 14 (direct market edition with UPC code)



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