Star Wars: Republic #60
December 2003
"Hate and Fear", 22ppg, $2.99

Script: Haden Blackman
Penciller: Tomás Giorello
Colorist, Cover Artist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Sno Cone Studios
Cover Artist: Brian Ching
Book Design: Dave Nestelle
Assistant Editor: Jeremy Barlow
Editor: Randy Stradley
Publisher: Mike Richardson

CHARACTER
Featured
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Supporting
Osika Kirske (dies), Alpha, Aidus, Rattatak guard 1, Rattatak guard 2

Villain
Asajj Ventress

Other
Ky Narec (in flashback), Rattatak prisoners, Asajj's parents (in flashback)

DROID
training droids (bipedal insectoid droids)

LOCATION
Rattatak

STARSHIP
Geonosian fanblade starfighter

COMMENTS
According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 16 months after the Battle of Geonosis.

Asajj's ship is the same one as seen in the Cartoon Network Clone Wars mini series.
SYNOPSIS
Within the bowels of the planet Rattatak, dark Jedi Asajj Ventress is in the process of torturing clone warrior Alpha. She cuts him for every question he does not answer, but his only answers are is serial number and commanding officer. Frustrated, she leaves him making sure he knows that she will be back to gut him tomorrow.

She orders Aidus, one of her soldiers, to put him in with General Obi-Wan Kenobi; to see how the Jedi has been brutalized. Kenobi has resisted much of the conventional interrogation, but is currently being eaten alive by muscle maggots. Aidus wonders why they don't just kill the Jedi, since no one, not even Dooku, believes him to be alive. Ventress wants to break the "false Jedi", to show Dooku just the kind of apprentice she can be.

Tossed into Kenobi's cell, Alpha discovers the Jedi Master wearing a Sith torture mask, arms chained to the ceiling. He explains that mask has prevented him from concentrating on the door, but he has managed to loosed the water pipes above him over the last 20 days.

Rupturing the pipes finally, a torrent of water streams out and shorts out the manacles binding Alpha. He then frees Obi-Wan and removes his mask, which proves that Alpha has not been the only one undergoing "punishment". Finally able to concentrate, Kenobi blasts the metal door off his cell, and he and Alpha make their exit. They find a computer terminal and release the other prisoners to create confusion. Obi-Wan is quick to add that it's also the right thing to do.

In her citadel, Asajj is sparring with two robed training droids, which she defeats easily, making a note to tell the engineers to update the programming. Aidus bursts in and tells her that the dungeons are flooding. Her immediate thought is that Obi-Wan has escaped.

Alpha wonders if some of these prisoners were not locked up for a good reason, when a trio of Ventress's guards approach. Even unarmed, Obi-Wan proves how deadly a Jedi can be, knocking the three of them out and taking their weapons. Alpha thought that Obi-Wan might be weak due to the maggots, but Obi-Wan killed the grubs days ago, and had been letting Ventress believe he was still affected.

The two heroes find themselves in the morgue where they meet up with Osika Kirske, a political prisoner (and convicted killer). He used to be ruler of half the planet until Asajj Ventress showed up and took it away from him. Kirske tells them of the proud warrior history of his planet, and how he killed Asajj's parents, a pair of burgeoning warlords in the Southern hemisphere.

When a spacecraft carrying Jedi Master Ky Narec crashed, he adopted Asajj and together they fought back and united armies. Kirske convinced other warlords to join him to fight back. They managed to kill Narec, which unleashed the rage that was confined within the young girl. She killed or captured all that opposed her.

Kirske believes that she will not kill all her enemies, as she needs an object for her hate to be focused on. He continues to kill one of her guards every chance he gets, but still she will not execute him. Obi-Wan agrees, he should be locked away.

As Ventress and a few of her guards are dispatching the rioting prisoners, Obi-Wan and Alpha make their way towards the exit, lead by Kirske. The prisoner leads them into Ventress's trophy room, where Ky Narec's lightsaber is displayed in a padded box, along with Obi-Wan's saber.

Kirske shows them the way to the landing pad, which is guarded by up to 26 armed soldiers. Obi-Wan and Alpha make quick work of them and Alpha primes the engines on Asajj's private ship. But before they can board, Ventress and her guards storm the landing pad.

Surprised that the "false Jedi" does not want revenge, Asajj is confronted by Kirske, who assures her that he does. She quickly decapitates him and turns to face Obi-Wan with her two crimson blades. She recognizes the other blade that Kenobi uses and begins to fight harder. Alpha has managed to get the ship flying, and Kenobi drops his guard. He tells Asajj that he pities her before performing a Force aided backflip onto the ship. Aidus seems surprised that they stole her ship. She drops her lightsabers as tears stream down her cheeks. He has stolen more than that, she explains.


Related Issues
Republic #62


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars – The Enemy on All Sides #2 Clone Wars Trade Paperback #5



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