Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #4
October 1995
"The Rebel Opposition" Chapter 4, 24ppg, $2.95

Story: Michael A. Stackpole
Script: Mike Baron
Penciller: Allen Nunis
Inker: Andy Mushynsky
Colorist: Dave Nestelle
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman
Book Design: Scott Tice
Editor: Ryder Windham
Editor: Peet Janes


CREATURE
ronk

DROID
2-1B (Too-Onebee), Probe droid

LOCATION
Cilpar (shown with two moons)Kiidan (city on Cilpar)

ORGANIZATION
Stormtroopers, Spacetroopers (abandoned armor)

STARSHIP
Imperial Lambda-class shuttle, Rebel Medium Transport, X-wing starfighter, TIE fighter

VEHICLE
armored tank, Imperial armored tank, All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST walker)

COMMENTS
To date, the first four issues of X-Wing Rogue Squadron have never been published as part of a Trade Paperback.

It is assumed that Vance Rego, Petro and Aldrich Kugel died in this issue as they have not been seen since. Rego had his arm bitten off by a ronk and presumably died from loss of blood, or being devoured by other ronks. Many TIE fighters were destroyed at the end of the story, of which Petro and Kugel were pilots. Since no pilots were identified, but all fighters were apparently destroyed, this leads to the conclusion that Petro and Kugel did not escape.
SYNOPSIS
Having been shot down by his own X-wing, Rogue Squadron pilot Tycho Celchu wanders through the jungles of Cilpar disguised as an Imperial captain. He hitches a ride with a troop tank that is carrying Dame Winter. The Imperials believe her to be Princess Leia and are transporting her to the city of Kiidan. Tycho manages to steal a few moments with her and get their stories straight. 'Leia' is led into Governor Norquest's mansion where she is given a new dress and invited to join him for dinner.

At the hidden Rogue base in the mountains, Vance stumbles in claiming to have escaped capture and warning the squadron that Princess Leia was also captured. Wedge seem suspicious, but agrees to fly in and rescue the Princess before she is moved off planet. He orders Elscol to take a ground force to assault the Moff's stronghold while he and the three other Rogues will provide air support. Vance joins Elscol and Groznik in the armored vehicle.

Vance admits that he has stowed away the Imperial Space Trooper suit as a secret weapon. Elscol wants to know why he didn't tell Wedge about this, and he makes up a lame excuse that the Rogues would want it for themselves.

Tycho suits up in an Imperial pilot outfit as he is ordered to lead Red squadron in assaulting a Rebel armored column, while Petro takes on the flight of X-wings. As they take flight and Tycho's wingman grumbles about the mission, he reveals himself as a Rebel and makes a mad dash towards his teammates. He makes radio contact, and they drop a dye marker on him, to avoid 'friendly-fire'.

On their way to the Moff's palace, Vance begins acting strange; knowing too much about the Imperial maneuvers. Elscol pulls her gun on him, but he manages to knock it away. As he attempts to push her out of the vehicle, Groznik leaps from the trees and throws him down the side of the cliff, leaping free with Elscol before the vehicle crashes. Battered, Vance attempts to put on the Space Trooper suit. But when he sticks his hand inside to open it up, a ronk that was hiding inside, tears his arm off.

Elscol teams up with the rest of the Rebels and leads the assault on the Palace, while Rogue Squadron shoot down the remaining TIE fighters. Moff Boren, attempts to escape by taking 'Leia' to pilot his shuttle, but Groznik restrains him. Wedge orders everyone off planet and back to Control. He asks Elscol to join him in the squadron, since he needs someone to fly Tycho's X-wing. She agrees and the Squad departs Cilpar.


Related Issues
X-Wing Rogue Squadron #1 X-Wing Rogue Squadron #2 X-Wing Rogue Squadron #3 Handbook #1


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #1



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