Star Wars: A New Hope – The Special Edition #3
March 1997
22ppg, $2.95

Script Adaptation: Bruce Jones
Penciller: Eduardo Barreto
Inker: Al Williamson
Inker: Carlos Garzon
Colorist: Cary S. Porter
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman
Editor: Bob Cooper
Assistant Editor: Dave Land
Book Design: Scott Tice
Screenplay: George Lucas

CHARACTER
Featured
Princess Leia Organa Solo, Luke Skywalker (Red Five), Han Solo, Chewbacca

Supporting
General Jan Dodonna, Wedge Antilles (Red Two), Commander Vanden Willard

Villain
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Darth Vader

Other
Rebel pilot (either Wedge Antilles or John D., depending who you believe), Rebel technician, Biggs Darklighter (Red Three), Jek Porkins (Red Six), Theron Nett (Red Ten), Red Leader (Garven 'Dave' Dries)

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

LOCATION
Death Star, Yavin 4, Massassi Temple

STARSHIP
X-wing starfighter, Y-wing starfighter, Millennium Falcon, TIE fighter

COMMENTS
This issue continues the official four issue adaptation of Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition.
SYNOPSIS
The Millennium Falcon races thru space. Leia tries to comfort Luke on the death of Ben Kenobi, but Han needs his help. Han and Luke race into the twin cannons of the Millennium Falcon, readying to confront the squadron of TIE fighters that are attacking the ship. Taking a couple of hits, some control panels blow out, but soon Luke is able to blast one of the TIE fighters to space-dust. After a few more close calls and tense moments, the last of the Imperial space craft have been destroyed. Leia has doubts about their escape. She feels that it was far too easy, but at least the plans for the Death Star battle station are safe within Artoo.

Back on the Death Star, Darth Vader confirms to Grand Moff Tarkin that the Rebels have successfully escaped. Tarkin has his doubts, but Vader has no such misgivings. He has seen the end of the Jedi Knights and indicates the Rebellion will be next.

En route to the Rebel base, Han indicates he is only in this enterprise for the money. Leia is affronted by his greediness and storms off. Luke muses after her, as Han vocalizes his interest in the Princess. This upsets Luke, and Han realizes he is unsure why he said it.

The Falcon touches down at the rebel base on the fourth moon of Yavin, where a boxy landspeeder whisks the crew into the underground hangar of a large, ancient temple. They are greeted by an older rebel leader, Commander Willard, though Leia rushes the meeting so that the plans that Artoo carries can get analyzed as soon as possible.

Later in briefing room, General Jan Dodonna describes the layout of the Death Star to a group of Rebel pilots. The only way to destroy the battle station is thermal exhaust port that must be hit with proton torpedoes. Some pilots express surprise and disbelief at the sheer impossibility of a task, but Luke counters by saying he used to bulls-eye womp rats in similar fashion. General Dodonna concludes the briefing and directs all pilots to their fighters.

Luke says his good bye's to Han and Chewie, who are loading their reward onto a skimmer. Leia then catches up to him and wishes him good luck. The pilots board their ships and they blast off into the sky.

The Generals and Princess Leia are gathered around a display screen that indicates the progress of the Death Star into the Yavin system. The x-wings all report in as they pass through the magnetic field of the Death Star.

The ships approach attack speed and cut across the surface. The battle is just beginning.


Related Issues
A New Hope Special Edition #1 A New Hope Special Edition #2 A New Hope Special Edition #4


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Episodes I-VI – The Complete Saga A New Hope – The Special Edition Trade Paperback
Star Wars Special Edition Combo Cover