Star Wars: Return of the Jedi #3
December 1983
"Chapter Three: Mission to Endor!", 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
C-3PO (See Threepio), R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo)

LOCATION
Sullust, Endor, Death Star II, Ewok Village

ORGANIZATION
Imperial Navy Trooper, Rebel Troopers, Scout troopers, Stormtroopers

SPECIES
Ewok, Mon Calamari

STARSHIP
Millennium Falcon, Imperial Lambda-class shuttle (the Tydirium), Executor, A-wing starfighter, Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, B-wing starfighter, escort frigate

VEHICLE
Imperial Speeder Bike, All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT walker)

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 five pin-ups: Imperial Biker Scout, Admiral Ackbar's Ship, Lando Calrissian, & The Emperor all by Rick J. Bryant, and a TIE Interceptor.

Page 7 is a brand new page and was not present in the Marvel Super Special version of the film.

When Vader ignites Luke's lightsaber at the end of the issue, it appears red instead of green. It appears to have been miscolored, under the assumption that it was Vader's own saber and not his son's.

The on sale date of this issue comes from Marvel Age #6.
SYNOPSIS
A large fleet of rebel ships has gathered near Sullust to plan their attack against the Emperor's new space station. As the pilots gather, Han poke fun at Lando newly acquired status as General in the Rebel Fleet. Mon Mothma informs the assembled crowd that the Death Star's weapons are not yet functional and that the Emperor is onboard personally. Admiral Ackbar, a Mon Calamari, explains that there is in fact an energy field being generated from the moon of Endor, that must be knocked out before Lando can fly his squad into the superstructure and destroy the main reactor. General Madine outlines the plan for a Strike team lead, by Han, to deactivate the shield generator. Chewbacca, Leia and a newly arrived Luke volunteer to join Han as the command crew for the strike shuttle. Han offers Lando use of the Falcon for his assault, and his friend promises he won't scratch her at all.

The stolen shuttle manages to pass by Imperial security, but both Vader and Luke sense each other. The shuttle lands and the strike team begins to work their way through the forest of Endor. They come upon a campsite with several Imperial Scouts. As Han and Chewie jump a pair of scouts, another pair reveal themselves, jump on their speeder bikes and depart. Luke and Leia chase after them on another speeder. They manage to take out a trooper, as Luke leaps to another speeder, dealing with two new pursuers. He ditches his bike after forcing a trooper into a tree, and using his lightsaber quickly dispatches the final Imperial. He then realizes that Leia and the enemy she pursued are nowhere to be seen.

On board the new Death Star, Darth Vader informs his master that his son is part of the rebel strike team on the planet surface. The Emperor orders Vader to go to the sanctuary moon to wait for Skywalker, who will come to the Dark Lord just as the Emperor has foreseen.

Luke and his allies find Leia's crashed speeder bike and her helmet, but can find no trace of her. They begin searching, but are caught in a net set by a group of small, furry indigenous inhabitants of the planet, Ewoks. They regard Threepio as some sort of deity and escort him back to their village on a throne, while the remainder of the party are bound to poles. As Han is about to be barbecued for a banquet in the droids honor, Leia emerges from a hut asking them to set her friends free. Luke instructs Threepio to use his magic if they will not free his friends, and begins to hover, inspiring the ewoks to release their captives. Threepio then explains the purpose of the rebel mission against the Empire, complete with sound effects.

Luke takes Leia aside and tells her everything; how Darth Vader is his father and that she is his sister, how Luke must now confront him. Leia begs Luke to run away, but he tells her that he feels there is still good in Darth Vader.

The next morning at an Imperial landing platform, Luke surrenders himself to Vader. Vader asks is Luke has accepted the truth, and Luke admits to only feeling compassion for Anakin Skywalker. Vader denies that this person even exists anymore and Luke agrees that if that is the case, his father is truly dead.


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 #2 Return of the Jedi #4 Classic Episode VI - Return of the Jedi #2


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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