Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones #1
April 2002
"Attack of the Clones" part 1, 34ppg, $3.99

Story: George Lucas
Screenplay: Jonathan Hales
Script: Henry Gilroy
Penciller: Jan Duursema
Inker: Ray Kryssing
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Cover Artist: Tsuneo Sanda
Book Design: Dave Nestelle
Editor: Dave Land
Assistant Editor: Philip Simon
Publisher: Mike Richardson


CREATURE
kouhun

DROID
R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo)

LOCATION
Outlander Club, Coruscant

ORGANIZATION
Naboo royal guards, Naboo pilots, Emperor's Royal Guard

STARSHIP
Naboo N-1 Starfighter, Naboo Royal Cruiser, space freighter

COMMENTS
This issue begins the official four issue adaptation of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. Similar to Episode I, these four issues were published on a weekly basis, with issues #1 & 2 being released with the TPB at the end of April, and the remaining two issues released in the following weeks just before the film opened.

As with many film adaptations, this particular issue has a scene not included in the final film (but available on the DVD) which has Palpatine informing the Senate that Senator Amidala is deceased.

Published both with an artwork cover by Tsuneo Sanda and a photo cover variant.
SYNOPSIS
Returning to Coruscant for a vote on the creation of an army of the Republic, Padmé Amidala's ship is attacked. Her decoy and friend Cordé is killed by the blast.

Palpatine tells the Senate that Senator Amidala has been killed, when she arrives indicating otherwise. The senators continuing to bicker over their differences and postpone the vote further.

Meeting with the Supreme Chancellor later, Yoda and Mace Windu warn him that the Jedi will not be enough to maintain peace, that the dark side is clouding their judgment as well. Padmé and other members of the loyalist committee arrive. Mace informs her that it appears spice miners are behind her attempted assassination. She disagrees and tells the assembly that it was Count Dooku. The Jedi find it hard to believe that even an ex-Jedi could be responsible. Palpatine asks the Jedi to assign her a protector. She protests but the Chancellor will not listen, and asks that Obi-Wan be the one.

Later at Padmé's apartment, she, Obi-Wan and a now-grown-up Anakin Skywalker arrive. They discuss the security arrangements, even though Master Kenobi and his padawan disagree on the best course of action. Anakin is upset that Padmé still sees him as the little boy on Tatooine.

Elsewhere in a dark, dangerous part of Coruscant's lower levels, bounty hunter Zam Wesell meets with Jango Fett who gives her another assignment to assassinate Senator Amidala. Zam assures him she will not fail.

As Yoda and Mace discuss the growing disturbances in the Force and the foretold prophecies, Anakin and Obi-Wan stand guard outside Padmé's door. They sense a disturbance and race in to find an assassin droid releasing a pair of kouhuns into the bedroom. Anakin quickly dispatches the insects as Obi-Wan leaps through the window onto the floating droid.

As Obi-Wan careens thru the traffic high above Coruscant being zapped by the droid, Anakin seeks out suitable transportation to rescue him. Zam pulls out a high powered rifle and manages to destroy the assassin droid. Obi-Wan plummets but is quickly caught in a shiny yellow speeder by Anakin.

They chase after Zam's speeder, twisting and turning around traffic and other obstacles. Having apparently lost the bounty hunter Anakin halts the speeder and the leaps from the canopy. He manages to land right on top of Zam's speeder and bring the ship into a crash landing outside a club.

The two Jedi pursue Zam into the Club, realizing they may be chasing a changeling. Obi-Wan stakes out a seat at the bar waiting for Anakin to draw the assassin out of hiding. She sneaks up behind him, blaster ready, but the Jedi Master ignites his lightsaber and quickly disarms her, literally.

They drag her outside to question her about who she was sent by. But she is killed by a poison dart fired by a strange armored warrior. The pair bring their results to the Council who ask Anakin to escort Padmé back to Naboo and Obi-Wan to discover the identity of the armored assassin.

At Padmé's apartment, Anakin and Padmé catch up after nearly ten years apart. Anakin expresses his anxiety in waiting to be tested as a Jedi. A moment of tension occurs between the two and Padmé continues packing.

Later at a public docking port, Obi-Wan and Typho wish the pair good luck and safe journey as they worry that each of the protégés will try something foolish.


Related Issues
Episode II – Attack of the Clones #2 Episode II – Attack of the Clones #3 Episode II – Attack of the Clones #4


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Episodes I-VI – The Complete Saga Episode II – Attack of the Clones Trade Paperback
Attack of the Clones 1 Photo Cover



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