Star Wars: Return of the Jedi #2
November 1983
"Chapter Two: The Emperor Commands", 17ppg, $0.60

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Al Williamson
Artist: Carlos Garzon
Letterer: Ed King
Colorist: Christie Scheele
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Cover Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz
Editor: Michael Higgins
Editor: Mary Jo Duffy
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter


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

LOCATION
Tatooine, Dagobah, Death Star II

ORGANIZATION
TIE fighter pilots, Imperial advisor, Emperor's Royal Guard

SPECIES
Quarren, Weequay, Hutt

STARSHIP
Millennium Falcon, X-wing starfighter, Executor, TIE fighter, Imperial Lambda-class shuttle

TECHNOLOGY
lightsaber

VEHICLE
sail barge, skiff

COMMENTS
This issue continues the official four issue adaptation of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

Cover art is by Bill Sienkiewicz. This issue also contains a splash/credits page, with artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz, that is not part of the final page count, plus four pin-ups: Boba Fett, Emperor's Royal Guard & The Millennium Falcon by Rick J Bryant, and Yoda and Obi-Wan by "Becton & Sev" (most likely Paul Becton & Marie Severin).

Page 9 is a brand new page and was not present in the Marvel Super Special version of the film.

Boba Fett apparently dies in this issue, but proved to be such a popular character that he was resurrected. As far as the films are concerned, he most likely perished in the Sarlacc Pit. He did make a brief return in Star Wars #81, which had him escape from the creature, but returned him to the Sarlacc Pit at the end. His next chronological appearance is Star Wars: Dark Empire #4 where he explains how he escaped. Further explanation of his escape can be found in The Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy (Bantam/Spectra, 1998-99) by K.W. Jeter.

The on sale date of this issue comes from Marvel Age #5.
SYNOPSIS
At the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, Jabba the Hutt orders Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca to be thrown to the Sarlacc. Luke offers Jabba one more chance to free them, or die. As Jabba and others laugh at the audacity of this human, Artoo-Detoo jettisons his serving tray and launches Luke's lightsaber to him, just as the Jedi is about to be put into the pit. At that moment Lando Calrissian, disguised as a guard, also chooses reveals himself by throwing another guard into the pit. Boba Fett and other guards rush to the deck, but where they stop, Fett ignites his jetpack and sails toward the skiff.

While inside the Sail Barge, Leia Organa springs into action, wrapping the chain Jabba has tethered her to him with, around his fat neck; strangling him. However, she is still attached to him, with means of her escape just out of reach.

Luke and Boba Fett square off on the deck of the skiff, but a blast from the Barge's deck cannon, rocks the small craft knocking Fett down and Lando over the edge. The gambler manages to hold onto a cable as Han still blind from freezing sickness, attempts to help him up. Luke performs a Jedi flip onto the Barge, hacking and slashing the henchmen, trying to stop the deck gun.

Boba Fett takes aim at Luke, but a warning from Chewbacca causes Han to swing the spear he is using to help Lando up with. It amazingly ignites Fett's rocket pack. He flies off the skiff, out of control and crashes into the sarlacc, never to be seen again. Meanwhile Artoo has found Leia and uses one of his many gadgets to cut the chain that binds her.

Many things happen in rapid succession as the battle continues. A laser blast by an alien reveals the mechanics of Luke's replacement hand, as his lightsaber rolls across the deck; Artoo rescues Threepio from a monkey-like creature pecking his eye out; Lando is being dragged down by a tentacle from the sarlacc; and Leia kills the deck gunner, causing the blast to strike the Barge's sails instead. Luke is able to call his saber back to him and determinedly begins clearing the deck of the remaining enemies. Han's sight returns enough for him to blast the tentacle and haul Lando up. Luke and Leia make a much more graceful swing across to the skiff and the heroes head for their ships and depart their separate ways.

On board the second Death Star, the Emperor has arrived and is pleased to hear Vader's report on their progress. The Emperor assures the Dark Lord that Skywalker will seek them out, and orders Vader to send the fleet behind Endor and return to the command ship to wait.

Luke returns to Dagobah to meet with Yoda as he promised. Yoda confesses that he is old and will soon die, and tells Luke that he has learned all he needs to know. Luke then asks his former master, if Vader is really his father. Yoda tells him it is true, and he is sorry that Obi-Wan and he had not told the young Jedi earlier. Yoda passes and Luke sits to speak with the spirit of Ben Kenobi.

He is angry that Ben never told him the truth, but Kenobi defends himself by explaining to Luke the perceptions of his story. Kenobi explains his history with Luke's father, Anakin, and how he lost him to the Dark Side. He also confesses to Luke that Leia is his twin sister, but she is not prepared to defeat Vader, and Luke must face up to his fears. It is his destiny.


Related Issues
Marvel Super Special #27 Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Return of the Jedi Return of the Jedi Return of the Jedi #1 Return of the Jedi #3 Return of the Jedi #4 Classic Episode VI - Return of the Jedi #1


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... #4 Return of the Jedi Trade Paperback Return of the Jedi – The Special Edition Trade Paperback Return of The Jedi Trade Paperback (Wal*Mart DVD Edition)



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