Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones #2
April 2002
"Attack of the Clones" part 2, 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
shaak

DROID
WA-7, R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), R4-P17, JN-66, SP-4

LOCATION
Dex’s Diner, Coruscant, Naboo, Kamino

ORGANIZATION
clone youth, Clone troopers

STARSHIP
Slave I, Naboo yacht, Jedi Starfighter [Delta-7]

COMMENTS
This issue continues the official four issue adaptation of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

As with many film adaptations, this particular issue has two scenes not included in the final film (but available on the DVD) which has Obi-Wan taking the saber dart to the Jedi analysis droids and Mace and Obi-Wan on a Jedi Landing platform. There is also a short exchange between Jocasta Nu and Obi-Wan regarding Dooku, that was not in the final film.

Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas is mentioned as ordering the clone army. This amazing red herring, and subject of much fan debate is explained in the James Luceno Episode III lead in novel Labyrinth of Evil.

Published both with an artwork cover by Tsuneo Sanda and a photo cover variant.
SYNOPSIS
Obi-Wan takes the toxic dart that killed Zam Wesell to the analysis droids in the Jedi Temple. The droids tell him they cannot identify the item. He decides to take it elsewhere.

The Jedi takes the item to his old friend Dex, who identifies the weapon as a Kamino Saberdart. Dex directs him to Kamino, the home of these cloners.

Meanwhile onboard the freighter bound for Naboo, Artoo brings a simple meal to Anakin and Padmé. The two are discussing Anakin's devotion to the Jedi and the rules he must follow, especially whether Jedi can love.

Continuing on his quest, Obi-Wan visits the Jedi Archives and talks to the librarian about Count Dooku and his quest for a system called Kamino. The librarian informs Master Kenobi that Kamino appears in none of their charts, so it must not exist.

Elsewhere in the Jedi Temple, Master Yoda is instructing a group of younglings in lightsaber practice. Obi-Wan enters to ask Yoda about the missing planet. Apparently the system is missing, but the gravitational pull still exists, so a youngling points out that the planet must have been erased from the archive memory. Obi-Wan and Yoda wonder who would have been able to do that.

On Naboo, Anakin and Padmé walk to the palace across a courtyard, discussing her service to her people, and the future of the Republic. At the Palace, Padmé informs the new Queen of the status of the Separatists, while the Queen is compelled to keep her faith in the Republic. Padmé and the Queen decide that it would be safe for the Senator to stay in the lake country while on planet.

Back on Coruscant at the landing platform for the Jedi Temple, Obi-Wan expresses regret to Mace Windu about taking on Anakin as a padawan. He understands now why the council thought him too old. Mace however believes that The Chosen One will take the right path.

On the lake retreat on Naboo, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the magic of the moment lead Anakin and Padmé to kiss. Quickly Padmé realizes that this may have been impulsive. Anakin however seems depressed by her realization.

Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter enter the Kamino system and lands on the platform at Tipoca City. He is greeted by Taun We who delivers him to Prime Minister Lama Su, who informs him that the order of clones is proceeding as planned. Obi-Wan is slightly taken aback, but asks to inspect the units personally. Taun We shows him the facility and the clones, explaining how they were manufactured.

Anakin and Padmé enjoy each others company in a beautiful meadow on Naboo; lightheartedly discussing politics and having a little roll in the grass.

Back on Kamino, Obi-Wan is introduced to Jango Fett, the original template for the clones. Kenobi questions the bounty hunter and his unaltered clone son, Boba, about who hired him for the cloning job. He tells the Jedi it was a man named Tyranus.

In front of a roaring fire in the lake retreat, Anakin confesses his desire for Padmé. She tells him that their love could never work; that it would destroy both of them

Obi-Wan sends a transmission to Yoda and Mace back at the Jedi Temple and informs them of his run in with the cloners and Jango Fett. They order him to bring Jango into custody and return to Coruscant.

Anakin's dreams are fractured by a nightmare of his mother. Padmé finds him on the verandah, where he has decided he must return to Tatooine to help her, as he believes her to be suffering. Padmé agrees to go with him.

Obi-Wan goes looking for Jango and finds him quickly departing in his ship. Attempting to stop him, the two scuffle, causing damage and destruction on the landing platform. Jango manages to knock Obi-Wan over the side of the platform, and by the time the Jedi makes his back up, Jango's ship is departing. Kenobi manages to attach a tracking device before the ship gets too far away.


Related Issues
Episode II – Attack of the Clones #1 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 2 Photo Cover



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