Star Wars #42
December 1980
"The Empire Strikes Back: To Be A Jedi", 17ppg, $0.50

Writer, Editor: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Al Williamson
Artist: Carlos Garzon
Letterer: Rick Veitch
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Colorist: Glynis Wein-Oliver
Assistant Editor: Danny Fingeroth

CHARACTER
Featured
Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker

Supporting
Yoda, Boba Fett, Admiral Firmus Piett, Captain Lorth Needa (unnamed)

Villain
Palpatine (as The Emperor), Darth Vader

Other
Zuckuss (unnamed), Dengar (unnamed)

CREATURE
mynock, space slug

DROID
IG-88 (unnamed), 4-LOM (unnamed), R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), C-3PO (See Threepio)

LOCATION
Hoth asteroid field, Dagobah

STARSHIP
X-wing starfighter, Executor, Imperial Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, Avenger, Slave I

COMMENTS
This issue continues the official six issue adaptation of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

It includes five covers from the UK version of The Empire Strikes Back. Issues #122, 124, & 125 by Carmine Infantino & Gene Day and issues #131, & 132 by Carmine Infantino & Dan Green.

The splash page is a new page briefly giving the events of the previous issue. Page 16 is all new in this issue, and not presented in any of the previous versions of the story.

Issue #41 credits the cover art on all issues of the Empire adaptation to Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon.

This issue features the column Star-Words with letters from Steve Peters, Sue Surls, David A. Ward, Kent Peaslee, & Mike Vederman.
SYNOPSIS
Having been sent to Dagobah by the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke surveys his crashed X-wing noting that this planet is an odd place to find a Jedi master. He also tells Artoo that this place feels familiar. Before he can finish his thought, a small gnome-like creature surprises him. Instinctively Luke draws his gun, but the creature assures him that he means no harm. The creature wants to help Luke find his friend. Luke dismisses him and mentions he's not looking for a friend, but a Jedi master. He tells Luke, that he will help him find Yoda, the Jedi Master. Luke tells Artoo to stay put, while he investigates.

Far away from Dagobah, in the Hoth asteroid field, two Star Destroyers move through, bombing as they go. Fortunately they miss the small cave in the wall of one asteroid in which hides the Millennium Falcon. After conversing with a disagreeable computer, Threepio lets Captain Solo know that he has a polarized power coupling. Han tells Chewie to get it fixed as he goes to offer Leia some help with her repairs. She and Han share a tender moment and a kiss, but Leia breaks away frightened by her feelings -- or perhaps, wishing for more.

Despite suffering losses in the hunt for the Falcon, Vader continues on until an aide informs him that the Emperor commands a meeting. Vader's flagship pulls out of the asteroid field, and he takes the transmission in his private chamber. The Emperor is concerned that the son of Skywalker is a threat and must be destroyed. Vader feels he may be a valuable asset and pledges he will turn the boy to the Dark Side or Luke will die.

Back on Dagobah, the impish creature has brought Luke to his mud home in the middle of the swamp. Impatiently, Luke prods the alien to take them to Yoda. To no one in particular, the creature says the he cannot teach the boy. Luke realizes that this is Yoda and begs both he and Ben to allow him to train. He assures them he is not afraid and won't fail them. Yoda tells him that he will be afraid soon.

Inside the asteroid cave, Han, Chewbacca and Leia are investigating strange creatures flying around outside the ship. Han identifies them as mynocks, before firing a blast into the strange walls of the cave. This starts a new tremor and Han instructs everyone to get back on board. They are leaving! The mouth of the cave begins collapsing, but it is not a cave at all, but a giant space slug. They rocket back into the comparative safety of the asteroid field.

An exhausted Luke Skywalker fails to slice a metal bar tossed toward him after hours of training. Yoda instructs him to unlearn all that he has learned. More time passes as Luke continues to train in the ways of the Force, until one day Yoda takes him to his sinking X-wing. Luke is unable to raise it, complaining that it is too big. The Jedi master asks Luke not to judge things by their size, for his ally is the Force and it is powerful. The X-wing rises out of the swamp toward a disbelieving Luke. "That is why you fail," chides Yoda.

On board Vader's Star Destroyer, the Dark Lord is issuing a reward for the successful retrieval of the Millennium Falcon and her crew to a group of bounty hunters. An officer interrupts to inform them that they have reacquired the rebel ship.

Having lost the rear deflector, Han turns the ship around and heads directly for the bridge of the pursuing Star Destroyer. The captain and bridge crew duck instinctively as it races past them. A bridge officer informs the Captain that they must have gone to light speed. The Captain resigns himself to report his failure to Vader. No one notices the freighter clamped onto the side of the massive Star Destroyer, hidden right under their noses.

Continuing his training, Luke is making great strides. But Yoda cautions him to avoid the anger and aggression present in him, as it leads to the dark side. It may be easier but it would eventually consume him like it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.

Vader is angered by the loss of their quarry, and orders his ships to disburse and search along the last known trajectory. Garbage pours from the hold of the Star Destroyer as it preps for hyperspace. Han releases the landing claw and falls into the debris, hidden from prying sensors. He finds an entry in his computer for the Bespin system and an old friend Lando Calrissian. They drift off with the garbage and head towards Bespin. They do not notice the Bounty Hunter Boba Fett following closely behind in the Slave 1.


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