Star Wars: Tag and Bink are Dead #2
November 2001
"Episode IV.I Tag and Bink Live", 22ppg, $2.99

Writer: Kevin Rubio
Penciller, Cover Artist: Lucas Marangon
Inker: Howard M. Shum
Colorist, Cover Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Book Design: Darcy Hockett
Assistant Editor: Philip Simon
Editor: Dave Land
Publisher: Mike Richardson


DROID
C-3PO (See Threepio)

LOCATION
Death Star, Yavin 4, Bespin, Cloud City

ORGANIZATION
Stormtroopers, TIE fighter pilots, Imperial Gunner, Wing Guard

SPECIES
Ugnaught

STARSHIP
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, Slave I, Imperial Lambda-class shuttle

COMMENTS
This two issue series was written by Kevin Rubio, the creator behind the widely successful Star Wars COPS parody called TROOPS. It is is 3rd foray into writing for Dark Horse, also having penned "A Death Star is Born" from Star Wars Tales #4 and "Force Fiction" in Star Wars Tales #7. It is, in essence, a parody of the Tom Stoppard play "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead", which is a play about two minor characters from Hamlet and their adventures.

While the names Tag and Bink are used between each character in this issue, it is usually while they are in Stormtrooper armor, and cannot tell who is actually speaking. For the record Tag is the lighter skinned humanoid and Bink is the darker skinned humanoid. Tag's full name is given in issue #2 while Bink's full name has only been revealed in the solicitation write-up at Dark Horse Comics.

There are a lot of hidden and silly jokes throughout the issue (one reason this book falls under Dark Horse's Infinities line). Here's a list of the in-jokes:
  • The monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey can be seen broken on the floor of the Yavin temple.
  • Tag finds Chewie's medal.
  • Dave Land and Lucas Marangon can be seen walking through the corridors of Cloud City
  • Lando's apartment has a Lava lamp rocket, a Schlitz bull poster (after the Malt Liquor commercials that Billy Dee Williams made), and an autographed poster of Mace Windu.
Some other information about these references can be found at the Kevin Rubio interview at EchoStation and are as follows:
  • Krystal, De-Hoff, and Tamara are all girls I know/dated/worked with. (All of them look or would also look great in the Leia slave outfit.)
  • Platforms 429 and 629 are birthdays (Krystal and her son).
  • HR 51 (Tag & Bink's apartment on Cloud City) is my father (Henry Rubio) and his age.
  • The panel in T&B #2 in the carbon freeze has the wrong stormtroopers talking. If you look closely you can see that T&B are behind Chewie and facing each other.
  • The number 42 can be found on a party hat, on the floor, of the great hall on Yavin. Why? Because it's yet another tribute to Douglas Adams, who died the day I started to write the first issue.
  • I always have a Bob's Big Boy and a Beatles reference in every comic. In issue two, it's the walrus mask that John wore on The Magical Mystery Tour. It can be found in the great hall on Yavin.
  • The original draft of T&B Are Dead #2, I had T&B floating in space and then being picked up by Boba Fett. They pretended to be bounty hunters after Han, and ended up being the bounty hunters Han ran into on Ord Mantell. I had to change it because there was no logical way of getting Tag out of the exploding TIE Fighter. If you watch SW:ANH you can see that there's no way that he could have ejected from the ship without your seeing it on film, so I had to change the story. AND YES, the title crawl for #2 is pretty much what happened, minus the assassination attempts.

SYNOPSIS
A brief opening crawl reveals the trouble that it took to make the second issue and a recap of the end of issue #1.

The panels of Vader asking Tag and Bink to join him are reprised, but instead they take off down another hallway, while a second pair of TIE pilots go off with Vader.

Kevin Rubio informs the reader that he planted a red herring as old movie serials would do, and the story continues. Tag and Bink find an Imperial Shuttle and decide to steal it. This should allow them to rejoin the Rebellion, if they can manage to return the shuttle in one piece.

As they prepare for lightspeed, the Death Star explodes, damaging the shuttle. They realize the hyperdrive is out, and they are about two to three months from Yavin.

Much, much later on Yavin. They arrive to find the temple deserted, and the aftermath of a wicked party. Tag discovers a medal that says "Chewie" and tries it on. A blaster bolt deflects off it and the two return fire on a lone gunman.

The pairs shots cause a piece of the temple to collapse on the shooter — Boba Fett! They tie him up and when he awakens Fett apologizes for the mistaken identity. When they refuse to untie him, he asks if they know who he is? They do, but he doesn't know them! They take off in the Shuttle Tydirium narrowly avoiding a missle from Boba's wrist gauntlet as he escapes from the ropes.

Tag flies the shuttle to Cloud City where he knows Lando (who dated both of Tag's sisters). Thinking that the shuttle is an Imperial patrol, Lando greets them very uneventfully. But seeing that it's his old friend, he brightens a bit. Tag's not as happy noticing that Boba Fett's ship has beat them to the city.

The two dress up in Stormtrooper armor again to avoid any problems and enter a room where they are surprised by C-3PO and blast him into pieces. Lando questions them about this later, and asks them for a favor. He needs them to help him take a rebel princess away from Cloud City. They agree.

Dressed in the Stormtrooper armor, they accompany Leia and Chewie to the Carbonite Freezing chamber, but Tag gets in the way and is knocked off the platform by an angry wookiee.

They manage to escape with the shuttle and return it to the Rebel Fleet. Mon Mothma thanks them for their bravery. Tag looks out the window and notices something, but when Bink asks what is it, he says it's probably nothing. Boba Fett's ship slowly closes in on the Mon Calamari cruiser.


Related Issues
Tag and Bink are Dead #1 Tales #12 Tag & Bink II #1 Tag & Bink II #2


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space #2 Tag & Bink Were Here Trade Paperback



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