Star Wars #23
May 1979
"Flight Into Fury", $0.35

Writer, Editor: Archie Goodwin
Artist, Cover Pencils: Carmine Infantino
Artist, Cover Inker: Bob Wiacek
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Consulting Editor: Jim Shooter

Master-Com (model 2 destroyed), R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), C-3PO (See Threepio)

The Wheel

Greyshade's private yacht, Imperial Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon

cargo floater

Though both listed as artists, Carmine Infantino is primarily a penciler and Bob Wiacek is primarily an inker. The cover art is done by Carmine Infantino and Bob Wiacek and is signed by the two.

Artoo-Detoo is spelled "Artoo-Deetoo" in several panels of dialogue.

This issue contains the Star-Words letter page, with letters from Bob McKenzie, Bill Seligman, and S. Lee Marine.
The private space yacht of Senator Simon Greyshade is readied as Luke leaves the ship, depressed that Leia has made the decision to stay with the duplicitous administrator after they had just witnessed Chewbacca shooting his best friend, Han Solo. A scene which is quickly remedied.

Chewbacca floats over the apparently lifeless form of his friend, when Han awakens and instructs Chewie to carefully pull his body out of the arena. It would do no good for the hidden blast shield to fall out of his short at this point.

Meanwhile, Commander Strom has managed to fight off the effects of the sleep drug Greyshade used on him. He declares martial law on The Wheel and orders his stormtroopers to kill the Senator and any of the Rebels on sight.

Greyshade contacts Master-com, his administrative droid and orders clearances for the departure of his yacht and the Millennium Falcon. Master-Com tells the Senator he cannot comply, due to the competing order of Strom, but he feels a friendship towards Greyshade and will attempt to do so anyway. he is quickly blasted by a pair of stormtroopers who order a squad to docking bay ten.

The squad finds Luke and Threepio attempting to escape towards the Falcon. They are forced back into the docking bay with the Senator and Leia when Luke gets the sense that another, more powerful Force user has arrived. Darth Vader and his ship have just entered the system and will be waiting for the departure of any ships.

Artoo has meanwhile worked his way through some conduits and finds Master-Com, in a new body, and offers to broadcast the tape that the droid recorded of the Wheel guards stealing back the profits. having the desired effects, this tape causes riots to break out resulting in violence towards the Imperials.

Riding down the lift, Han and Chewie, who have managed to escape the Imperial death warrant, take their winnings down a lift tube and crash, literally, into a stormtrooper squad guarding the Falcon. But Luke and company are not having as good a luck, fighting off the stormtroopers invading their docking bay. Master-Com manages to open the magnetic field on the docking bay, but instead of leaving with them Greyshade charges the troops, allowing Leia, Luke and Threepio to board and escape. Master-Com assists Artoo in making his escape in life pod.

Back in the docking bay, Master-Com discovers the injured Senator, as does Commander Strom. But Greyshade has another surprise hidden up his sleeve, literally and pulls out a proton grenade that he sets off destroying all three of them.

As the now rebel-run yacht escapes the wheel it comes to bear with the waiting star destroyer. Luke realizes too late that Vader is on the ship waiting for them. But before the tractor beam can be engaged the Falcon blasts the bridge , once again allowing the young Skywalker to escape a devious fate.

Luke pilots the ship away, but Han decides to press his luck and turns to fire on the massive destroyer again. It is then that Vader recognizes the ship as the one that blasted him at the Death Star. Ho is just about to order the command to fire on the Corellian ship when Luke cries out in rage. The psychic echo of his cry strikes Vader, momentarily stunning him, allowing both Rebel vessels to escape to hyperspace. Luke recognizes that he got lucky, and that the next time he meets Vader he may not be so fortunate.

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