Star Wars: Republic #54
May 2003
"Double Blind", 22ppg, $2.99

Script: John Ostrander
Penciller, Cover Artist: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist, Cover Artist: Joe Wayne
Letterer: Sno Cone Studios
Book Design: Dave Nestelle
Assistant Editor: Jeremy Barlow
Editor: Randy Stradley
Publisher: Mike Richardson


CREATURE
duracrete slug, stone mite, nuna

LOCATION
Nar Shaddaa, Jedi Temple

ORGANIZATION
Clone troopers (in civilian garb)

STARSHIP
Skorp-Ion (Vos's ship)

VEHICLE
airspeeder

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

The cantina owner appears to be a Pho Ph'eahian as seen in Wizards of the Coast's Ultimate Alien Anthology Role Playing Game book.

During his fight with Agen Kolar, Vos speaks of several past missions he has undertook for the Republic. These include, a sabotaged spaceport on Fondor, betrayal of friends on Dathomir, his sacrificing of lives on Corellia, and scores of other missions.
SYNOPSIS
At a spaceport on Nar Shaddaa, Tookarti is talking in secret to his true master, Count Dooku. He lets the Count know that Boss Vos is selling the codes right now and would never think of double crossing him.

Elsewhere, Korto Vos and his girl, Khaleen, are attempting to sell Holocomm transmission codes to a Neimoidian and a pair of Mon Calamari. Suddenly a trio of plain clothes clones show up, blasters drawn, and begin a fierce shootout. Korto tells Khaleen to head for the speeder. He follows but is knocked over some crates by a Force push from Master Agen Kolar.

Master Kolar and his troops cuff Vos, who is a might upset at his undercover operation being blown. Kolar tells Vos that the codes he has are not the outdated ones as he had thought. They are the newest codes, just as Tookarti indicated. Vos finds it silly that Kolar, a Jedi he has worked with before would believe the stories of a thief like Tookarti, including the tale that Vos was responsible for the betrayal on Brentaal IV.

Kolar tells Vos that he may not have approved of his methods, but he always thought him to be loyal. Now, his reports seem critical of the Republic. Vos and Kolar debate whether a Jedi could be serve the Separatists and not be on the Dark Side, or if in fact the Council may be wrong.

Khaleen's speeder rams the Jedi speeder and Vos leaps aboard as they ascend to the higher levels of the spaceport city. Using his lightsaber he deflects the laser blasts as Khaleen struggles to keep the damaged speeder aloft. She tells Vos to bail out which he does after kissing her.

This trick does not fool Kolar for long and he too leaps from his speeder, sending the clones after the girl. In the sewers of Nar Shaddaa, Vos and Kolar battle with their lightsabers. Kolar feels that running would not inspire confidence in Vos' innocence. Kolar begs Vos to come back to the light, but Vos argues that everything he has done over the past few years has been for the Republic and the Council, regardless of what a rat-faced Chadra-Fan like Tookarti says.

Vos unleashes a herd of nunas from a crate, allowing him to escape from Kolar's strikes. Far from their battle, Khaleen loses her battle with gravity, as her speeder crashes, knocking her unconscious.

Korto races through a bar where everyone knows his name, only to find himself at a dead end. Kolar has cornered Vos, but seven bar patrons take incident with the Jedi Master's pursuit of their friend. Kolar takes them on in hand-to-hand combat before Aruk the Hutt calls him off. The Hutt tells him that the Jedi have no jurisdiction here, and he needs to leave, now!

Back at his spacecraft, Vos confronts Tookarti about being a double agent and telling the Jedi about his mission. Tookarti of course, denies this, but Vos knows him. He admits to being a Jedi and the fact that he is actually working for Dooku. He then kills the Chadra-Fan so he will never be able to tell anyone ever again.

Khaleen is taken prisoner by Kolar and the clones. Kolar then informs the Mace Windu and Yoda that Vos escaped, and he most likely is working for the enemy, and may have slipped to the Dark Side. Mace tells Kolar to return to Coruscant with the girl and the to rejoin his troops. Masters Ki-Adi-Mundi and Tholme regret lying to Master Kolar about Vos's true intentions, but they needed to maintain the deception in order to allow Vos to infiltrate Dooku's command. They agree there is great risk in this deception and plan. Yoda feels that the biggest risk is Vos himself.


Related Issues
Republic #49 Jedi – Count Dooku


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars – The Republic Goes to War #1 Clone Wars Trade Paperback #4 30th Anniversary Collection #5