Synopsis: “THE CHASE!” SITH LORD DARTH VADER has discovered that his son, Jedi Knight LUKE SKYWALKER, is finally within striking distance. He will pursue him to the very ends of space…Who is hunting whom? Meanwhile, LEIA ORGANA battles the forces of CRIMSON DAWN to regain her lost love, HAN SOLO.
Picking up from where the last issue left off. Luke is busy keeping Darth Vader occupied in a cat and mouse style dogfight that I’d love to see on film. Vader is determined to shoot Luke out of the skies and taunts the young Jedi saying that Han Solo will not save him this time. Thankfully Luke’s skills have evolved somewhat and he is able to stall Vader by causing him to crash his Tie Fighter.
Meanwhile, Lando, Leia, and Chewie are busy making repairs to the Falcon but are in a race against time as they can see several Hutt ships that are looking to steal Han Solo from the imperial shuttlecraft that is transporting him.
Ramon Rosanas does a brilliant job of illustrating the dogfight between Luke and Darth Vader as they play a clever game of cat and mouse. But Darth Vader is pretty aggressive in the chase to shoot Luke out of the skies. The sequence where Luke cleverly forces Vaders ship to crash is really nicely done. The artist does a wonderful job of giving a real sense of momentum to the Tie Fighter as it hits the ice wall.
“The Chase” is a brilliant chapter of the ongoing War of The Bounty Hunters series, which has been running most of the summer. But the story within its pages would also work brilliantly as a stand-alone story. Especially the parts concerning Luke and Vader.
Overall. A really great issue, which felt very much like a real Star Wars story. I can’t wait to read how this all concludes and leads into the events we have already seen in Return of the Jedi.