Star Wars: Mara Jade #2
September 1998
"By The Emperor's Hand" part 2, 22ppg, $2.95

Story: Timothy Zahn
Writer: Michael A. Stackpole
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Colorist: James Sinclair
Letterer: Michael Taylor
Cover Artist: Kilian Plunkett
Book Design: Kristen Burda
Assistant Editor: Mike Hansen
Editor: Peet Janes
Publisher: Mike Richardson


DROID
Kaythree

LOCATION
Coruscant, Imperial Opera, Svivren

STARSHIP
Z-95 Headhunter, Mara Jade's ship

COMMENTS
According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 4 years after the Battle of Yavin. More specifically it occurs during the end of Return of the Jedi.

The issue contains a letters page, Mara Jade Letters, and features letters from Amy Pronovost, and Anthony Avrahm Capati.

The other diners at the Coruscant eatery where Mara eats, look surprisingly like Al Bundy and his next door neighbor Marcie.
SYNOPSIS
Being convinced that is one of her best covert missions, Mara Jade makes some quick moves when confronted by half a dozen armed Black Nebula operatives. She blasts the light source and using the Force leaps out of the room, taking out bad guys along the way.

She then discovers a second room, where Dequc and his harem are holed up. Mara quickly goes to work and beheads the Black Nebula leader, taking his medallion as proof of her mission. She notices that Captain Strok and most of his men made it out, so she leaves as well.

Disguising herself as a pilgrim, she moves through the carnage outside the bargaining arenas, moving amongst the dead civilians, upset at the cost of the operation. She dispatches a couple of guards near her headhunter fighter and returns to her ship in orbit.

Via her Force connection with Palpatine, she presents him with her mission report and he beckons her back to Coruscant to enjoy herself. She takes in an opera, and other sightseeing opportunities, but something about the Dequc operation just does not sit right with her.

She realizes that the medallion she removed from Dequc was a fake, and that leads her to realize that the assassination was staged. She orders her droid, kaythree, to get her all information on Dequc.

Mara then receives a message via the Force from her master. What she witnesses through that connection is his murder by Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. His last command to her is to "kill Luke Skywalker!"

Shocked by the psychic backlash of these events, Mara passes out. She is found by Ysanne Isard and a couple of her men. Isard takes her into custody as a traitor to the Emperor and sentences her death.


Related Issues
Mara Jade #0 Mara Jade #1 Mara Jade #3 Mara Jade #4 Mara Jade #5 Mara Jade #6


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire Mara Jade – By the Emperor