Star Wars: Republic #65
May 2004
"Show of Force" part 1, 22ppg, $2.99

Script: John Ostrander
Penciller, Cover Artist: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist, Cover Colors: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Michael David Thomas
Book Design: Dave Nestelle
Associate Editor: Jeremy Barlow
Editor: Randy Stradley
Publisher: Mike Richardson


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

LOCATION
The Rig, New Holstice, Null

ORGANIZATION
Clone troopers, Crimson Nova (Bounty Hunter guild chapter)

STARSHIP
Republic assault ship

TECHNOLOGY
bacta tank

VEHICLE
All Terrain Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE walker), Swoop bike, Republic attack gunship

COMMENTS
According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 17 months after the Battle of Geonosis.

This issue sets up the Mace Windu and the Jedi posse that he will again show up with in Revenge of the Sith.

Null was featured in the Scholastic novella Legacy of the Jedi. There is a Jedi on the opening page that looks very much like Depa Billaba, but since this issue occurs many months after Master Billaba's incapacitation, it can be chalked up to a similar looking Jedi.

Master Offee mentions that she and Master Unduli have dealt with the bounty hunter Nazzer before. But at this time, that story has yet to be chronicled.

This issue marks the introduction of one of the new Clone Commanders, as will be seen in Episode III, Commander Bly. He ends up working with Aayla in the film and that is his assignment throughout the comics as well.

Commander Bly makes mention that some Mandalorians that the Republic are fighting are in retreat. Old Expanded Universe literature talked of Mandalorian commandos battling the Republic in the Clone Wars. This and other references are made during the Republic run.

Republic #42-45, 'Rite of Passage' is the storyline featuring previous appearances by Kh'aris Fenn.

The Aurabesh on the Aqualish's uniform translates as HOMUHR. The alien cashier or dispatcher named Looie appears to be a play on Danny DeVito's character of Louie on Taxi.
SYNOPSIS
On the forest world of Null, T'ra Saa and Bariss Offee are struggling to heal the many injured Jedi and clones from the ever shifting battlelines when a gang of bounty hunters on swoops ride in, blasting the survivors and set fire to the entire forest. The hunters grab T'ra Saa's lightsaber that she dropped and then leave the Jedi and clones to die in the flames. Master Saa offers a way to get the wounded out, as a grove of flaming trees collapses on top of them.

Hours later, as cool, quenching rains dispel the fires, Master Windu and his reinforcements arrive. He senses life underneath the rubble and uses the Force to lift the smoky husks from off the survivors, rescuing all.

Mace gets everyone onboard his gunships and the take off. He asks Master Offee for information on the attack, while using the Force to sustain the damaged Master Saa. He discovers that it was bounty hunters working on a contract by the Crimson Nova bounty hunter guild. He decides that a small group of Jedi need to make a point that this kind of attack will not be condoned.

On New Holstice, Aayla Secura checks in with Luminara Unduli on the health of the Null survivors. When she goes to visit the bacta facilities, she sees Master Tholme pining over T'ra Saa, whom he thought would always outlive himself.

Aayla tries to comfort him and he admits that he has a terrible secret he must unburden on her; the fact that Quinlan Vos is actual not a traitor and is on a deep undercover mission for the Jedi Council. Tholme must seek Quin out and determine if he has actually turned to the dark side, but he bades Aayla to continue with her mission.

On The Rig, a space station in the Stenness Node, and current headquarters of the Crimson Nova chapter of the bounty hunters guild, Nazzer and his crew turn in the lightsabers they took for their bounty to Mika and her guild. Stroth, her advisory, attempts to council her that having a bounty on Jedi is bad business, but she won't listed. She even goes as far to make an offer on the Jedi coming to shut them down. No just his lightsaber, but his head will double the normal bounty.

Stroth, Nazzer and his crew meet Master Windu in the docking bay where the Jedi is asking for information on the ones who have killed Jedi. The Trandoshan bounty hunter indicates that it was he and his mates, and before anyone else gets a chance Mace takes all four hunters down with one sweep of his purple lightsaber blade. Stroth offers to talk. Mace demands that Mika step down, and he if so, he will permit the guild to continue. If not, he will cripple the entire facility.

Mika has a little fit in he command center that a Jedi would threaten her so on her facility. Both Stroth and the hologram of Kh'aris Fenn offer advice to her. Fenn also insists he will continue paying the bounties as long as she keeps killing the Jedi. Mace waits patiently in the cantina as every eye on The Rig is watching him closely.

In the landing bay, Saesee Tiin lands undercover with a cargo of bacta and blasters. He heads over to the cantina to wait the lockdown out. Meanwhile Agen Kolar disguised as "Argent Kole" delivers a prisoner, that looks amazingly like Kit Fisto to the dispatcher, but cannot get paid due to the fact that he is not a registered hunter. Kit is led into the detention area, where he easily slips out of his cuffs and knocks out the guards.

He opens the holding cells releasing all the prisoners, starting a riot. Master Kolar holds up his part, sowing confusion on the hunters waiting for payment.

Back in the cantina, Master Tiin notices that pit droids are unloading his cargo. He pushes a button on his data pad and an explosion rips through the hangar bay, destroying the majority of ships.

Stroth updates Mika on their loses. She cannot understand how the Jedi could have done that, since he has not moved from his spot. He joins up with the rest of his fellow Jedi and they make way for the command center to complete their lesson.


Related Issues
Comic Pack #46 Republic #66 The Films and the Galaxy Beyond


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars – The Enemy on All Sides #2 Clone Wars Trade Paperback #6



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