Star Wars: Union #4
February 2000
22ppg, $2.95

Writer: Michael A. Stackpole
Illustrator: Robert Teranishi
Digital Inks, Color Rendering: Chris Chuckry
Letterer: Amador Cisneros
Letterer: Digital Broome
Cover Artist: Duncan Fegredo
Cover Artist: Chris Dutkiewicz
Assistant Editor: Dan Harris
Book Design: Amy Arendts
Editor: Peet Janes
Publisher: Mike Richardson


CREATURE
dianoga

DROID
R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), C-3PO (See Threepio)

VEHICLE
Swoop bike

COMMENTS
According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 20+ years after the Battle of Yavin.

This issue features an alternate cover from Dynamic Forces. It features a Gold Logo and art by Chris Dutkiewicz.

The Union series is rife with in-jokes, cameos and celebrity look-alikes. We will do our best to identify them here.

Page 4 — Guests getting ready on this page include Hobbie Klivian and Wes Janson, C-3PO with Anakin Solo and Jacen Solo, & Syal, Iella and Myrl Antilles.

Page 5 — Here we can see Senator Elegos A'Kla, Talon Karrde, Mon Mothma and Senator Borsk Fey'lya. Further down is a couple of unknown women with Gavin Darklighter, Tycho, Corran, Mon Mothma, and Kam.

Page 8 —Booster Terrik is here with his daughter Mirax, babysitting Anakin solo, an unnamed boy and girl, Valin Horn, Syal and Myri Antilles.

Page 10 — Wes Janson resembles actor Tommy Lee Jones in this issue.
SYNOPSIS
Luke, Wedge, and Han arrive at the site for the wedding, not believing that they are actually here. After all that they have been through, Luke's wedding was the furthest thing from their mind.

At other locations around the city guests ready themselves for the event, as do the swoop bikers hired by the Imperials, and Moff Takkar who makes his way into the bowels of the sewers, looking to disrupt the wedding.

As Jari'kyn delivers the dress, she is accosted by Anlys Takkar and Banner Sumptor and two other thugs, They demand the dress, and when she refuses Takkar order Sumptor to kill her. He has a change of heart and kills the hitmen. Jari'kyn helps out by hitting Mrs Takkar on the head with a handy piece of pipe. Below in the sewers Moff Takkar is killing dianogas and eliminating the security details before emerging nearby the wedding.

While Mirax and Booster try to keep the children quiet, Jari'kyn and Banner talk to Karrde about the plot. Talon then brings this to the attention of Luke and Han. Wedge organizes Chewie, Tycho, Corran and Kam to help protect the ceremony. Wes and Hobbie join up with them as well.

And better late than never, the swoopies show up, blasting all sorts of debris and dirt in a well timed distraction. Corran gets clipped by a blast as Kam explodes a swoop bike using the Force.

Inside Mara emerges in her beautiful dress, while outside Dantra and Venan attempt to toss some gas canisters into the vents before being stopped by Chewbacca. Hobbie and Wes head to defend the entrance while Gavin, Wedge and Tycho keep shooting at the familiar looking swoopies.

Moff Takkar puts on his disguise, an Ithorian costume that his wife designed for him, and sneaks into the ceremony. As Admiral Ackbar is starting the nuptials, Takkar rips off his mask and threatens everyone with a bomb-looking device. It is actually a datapad and comlink that will download a virus into the New Republic computer system.

Corran and Kam take care of the last four swoopies on bikes, with a little help from the Force. Meanwhile Hobbie and Wes try to figure out how to defend themselves with no weapons from five swoopies when Booster appears and takes the lead swoopie down with a single punch.

As Takkar makes his demands, Luke calmly talks to him and makes him see that they all want the same thing: freedom. Takkar lays down the weapon as Luke invites him to stay and join the New Republic.

The ceremony continues, with Artoo acting as ringbearer and Mr. and Mrs. Skywalker are presented to the galaxy for all to see.


Related Issues
Union #1 Union #2 Union #3


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Union Trade Paperback 30th Anniversary Collection #11
Union 4 (Dynamic Forces Gold Edition)



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