Star Wars: Dark Empire #3
April 1992
"Duel on the Smuggler's Moon", 24ppg, $2.95

Writer: Tom Veitch
Artist: Cam Kennedy
Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Barbara Kesel
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman


2-1B (Too-Onebee), C-3PO (See Threepio), ZZ-4Z (ZeeZee)

Pinacle Base, Fifth Moon of Gla Soocha, Nar Shaddaa, Nal Hutta, Mon Calamari

Mon Calamari, Hutt

Starlight Intruder, TIE/D, Silencer-7, TIE interceptor, Emancipator, World Devastator, TIE fighter, Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, escort frigate, blockade runner, Allegiance (destroyed, Super Star Destroyer), X-wing starfighter, V-wing speeder, Slave I (as debris over Nar Shaddaa), Slave II, CloakShape fighter, E-wing starfighter, A-9 Vigilance Interceptor, Millennium Falcon

turbolaser (security models installed in Ninx's entryway)

Includes a 4 page written behind-the-scenes book format section that fills in the gaps and brings people up to speed on the events happening in the galaxy since Return of the Jedi.

In the debris over Nar Shaddaa floats a mysterious looking Kuat Systems Engineering limited edition Firespray-class ship that could only be Slave I.

In this issue, and others of the series, the Mon Calamari homeworld, Mon Calamari, is referred to as simply Calamari.

The bounty hunters that appear in this issue go unnamed, but are identified by their illustrations in the Dark Empire Sourcebook from West End Games.

A 2nd printing of this issue was released in August, 1992.
The Rebel acquired Star Destroyer Emancipator emerges from hyperspace, firing all forward weaponry on the source of a hyperspace comm transmission broadcasting images of the World Devastators on Mon Calamari. It happens to be the Super Star Destroyer Allegiance, and it is caught unawares and destroyed. Lando Calrissian orders the X-wings and V-wing speeders to launch and begin their assault on the Devastators on the planet below.

As Green and Blue squadrons attack the large, destructive factories, Commander Klev, captain of the Devastator Silencer-7, orders his first officer to inform Supreme Commander Skywalker that the Rebels have arrived. Seeing the flux of Rebel fighters in the sky lifts the hopes of the beleaguered Mon Calamari. Green Leader, an X-wing pilot, points out a new ship emerging from the Devastators, the robotic TIE/D, just before he is obliterated. From the bridge of the Emancipator Wedge Antilles and Lando observe one of the Devastators launching off the planets surface and heading straight for them. They are unable to move away in time and the Devastator begins to consume the Star Destroyer. They fir off their remaining torpedoes before Lando orders the evacuation of the stolen craft.

Back at Pinnacle base on Gla Soocha, Leia has a vision of Darth Vader, her father. The vision changes to reveal Luke Skywalker who warns her away from interfering with his destiny. The vision is disrupted by the Emperor and Leia collapses from the encounter, to be found by C-3PO.

Meanwhile Han Solo is showing the new pilots the Alliance's newest ships, the A-9 Vigilance Interceptor and the E-wing. Mon Mothma approaches and tells Han that Leia is in the infirmary recovering. When Han arrives, Leia tells him that Luke is succumbing to the dark side, and she can locate him through the Force. Han agrees to take Leia and Chewie to the Deep Galactic Core to find her brother. On their way, Han wants to stop in the Nal Hutta system, on Nar Shaddaa, the spaceport moon for smugglers and 'see some old friends.'

Worried that the Hutts have put a large bounty on her head, Leia tells Han that the planet is crawling with bounty hunters. Han is not worried because he has friends, like traffic controller Mako Spince. As Mako contacts the Falcon, three bounty hunter ships zoom in behind her, gunning for the bounty. One is quickly destroyed by a concussion missle, but the CloakShape fighter and Slave II continue pursuit. Han calls his old friend Shug Ninx to get him to open a hidden entrance to his repair shop. The Falcon zooms in as does the CloakShape fighter, but only the Falcon makes it past the turbolasers Ninx installed.

Han lands his ship and introduces his wife to Ninx. He is surprised to see his old flame, Salla Zend. Han offers Salla and Shug 100,000 credits for a ship to make a deep core run. Mako says that Salla's Starlight Intruder will do the trick, except they need some of the power couplings that Han keeps in his old apartment.

Han and Leia descend even further into the filthy, bounty hunter infested city, when a strange old woman, Vima-Da-Boda, recognizes Leia as a Jedi and gives her a mysterious box. They enter Solo's apartment where his droid, ZeeZee appears to be malfunctioning. He keeps repeating that Mr. Fett is here to see him!

Related Issues
Dark Horse Classics – Dark Empire #3 Dark Empire #1 Dark Empire #2 Dark Empire #4 Dark Empire #5 Dark Empire #6

Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy Dark Empire Trilogy Dark Empire Trade Paperback Dark Empire Limited Edition Hardcover Dark Empire Trade Paperback (3rd Edition)
Dark Empire 3 Gold Cover Dark Empire 3 Platinum Cover Dark Empire UK Trade Paperback

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