Star Wars: Republic #51
March 2003
"The New Face of War" part 1, 22ppg, $2.99

Script: Haden Blackman
Penciller: Tomás Giorello
Inker: Curtis Arnold
Colorist: Joe Wayne
Letterer: Digital Chameleon
Cover Artist: Mozart Couto
Book Design: Dave Nestelle
Assistant Editor: Jeremy Barlow
Editor: Randy Stradley
Publisher: Mike Richardson

CHARACTER
Featured
Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Supporting
Alpha, Glaive (dies), Zule Xiss

Villain
Durge, Asajj Ventress

CREATURE
kaadu (dead), fambaa (dead)

DROID
Confederacy analysis droid, super battle droid, C-3PO (See Threepio)

LOCATION
Naboo, Ohma-D'un (moon of Naboo)

ORGANIZATION
Clone troopers

SPECIES
Gungan (dead and in hologram)

VEHICLE
Republic attack gunship

COMMENTS
According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 10 weeks after the Battle of Geonosis.

One of Durge's best quotes -- "May the Force be with you, meatbag."
SYNOPSIS
In orbit around Naboo, Anakin Skywalker is daydreaming about the woman he loves, Padmé. Obi-Wan Kenobi tells him to stop brooding and join him in the briefing as the messenger has just arrived. Anakin is shocked, but happy, to see C-3PO is the liaison between Queen Jamillia and the Jedi. Master Glaive snidely wishes to get on with the briefing before he becomes one with the Force.

C-3PO explains to the assembled Jedi, and their ARC trooper that shortly after the Battle of Naboo, the gungans settled the moon of Ohma-D'un. A few days ago Boss Nass lost contact with the colony and they fear spice miners may be attempting to steal the moon. The ARC trooper tells the Jedi not to underestimate the gungan military tactics, unless the spice miners had the help of the Confederacy. The group is to investigate the reason for the lack of communication. Anakin and Glaive's padawan Zule, are bickering about the assertiveness of the ARC Trooper, before they are interrupted by Kenobi moving the team out.

Anakin flies the group down to the planet in a gunship, trying to avoid any sensor scans. The Jedi and ARC trooper disembark, weapons ready. No life signs are present and when Obi-Wan opens himself to the living Force, he becomes physically ill, sensing the hemorrhaging of the energy field.

Coming over a rise, the ARC trooper points out the gungans he has found. Dozens of dead gungans lay sprawled across the plain, boils and pus oozing from their decaying bodies. Their domes are broken and their creature mounts are dead. A pair of Confederacy analysis droids are examining the bodies and looking at readouts. Urged on by his emotions, Anakin charges the droids, destroying several of them. Not being prepared for an assault, Obi-Wan orders the team in to destroy the droids before backup can be called.

Obi-Wan comments that this appears to be a test site for a new warfare. Glaive adds that this is definitely not the work of spice miners. The ARC Trooper points out a flying shape incoming, as it blasts the remaining clone troopers. This warrior lands behind Kenobi, and using a bolo weapon, knocks the Jedi unconscious, stepping on his head to hold him under the murky water. He claims to have not killed a Jedi in a century, but is pleased that he will add four more to the list today, plus the gungans, hostages and the Naboo he intends to kill.

Attempting to save his Master, Anakin intercedes and gets an electric stun bolo around his neck. Zule is impressed at his speed, just as he leaps in front of Glaive, breaking his nose with the palm of his hand. Zule skewers him with her lightsaber and the warrior knocks her away with a backhand. The ARC trooper blasts Durge through his left eye socket with a dead-on shot. This only manages to anger Durge further.

Glaive comes at Durge swinging and kicking. The ARC helps Obi-Wan up and they set off to find Anakin. Durge calls in for some backup, and tells them to bring in the swamp gas.

Some super battle droids beginning marching in along with a foul looking gas. The ARC suggests falling back as they do not have sufficient intel on this operation. Anakin wants to evacuate Naboo, but Obi-Wan suggests he take the clones and find the hostages. The ARC states that dividing the forces would be a bad move, that the hostages are acceptable loses. To Obi-Wan, they are not.

Glaive takes out another battle droid, calling through the haze for his padawan, as boils begin erupting on his skin. Durge emerges from the gas, holding Zule by the hair, gun pointed at her. He mentions how the gas killed the gungan's in seconds, but it seems to work slower with other species. Glaive attempts a Jedi mind trick on Durge which does not work. Obi-Wan sneaks up on Durge, but it's hard to surprise a warrior that is a walking nerve cluster and can feel a heartbeat from 200 meters away. He tosses Kenobi to the ground.

Glaive and Obi-Wan, struggling from the effects of the gas, defend themselves against the oncoming battle droids. Thinking that the loss of their leader will slow down the droids, Obi-Wan is surprised to hear Durge laughing at the thought that he is in charge. A red blade suddenly separates Glaive's head from his body. And Obi-Wan is left alone, confronting Durge and the dark Jedi Asajj Ventress.


Related Issues
Republic #52


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars – The Republic Goes to War #1 Clone Wars Trade Paperback #2



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