Star Wars Galaxy of Fear #6
Army of Terror
by John Whitman
Published by Bantam
Scott's Rating: 3 out of 4
This book is the sixth in the Galaxy of Fear series and appears to wrap up the Project Starscream storyline...possibly. Hoole and the kids find out that the base of operations for Gog and Project Starscream was a planet called Kiva on the Outer Rim. It is a dead planet wiped out by an experiment conducted by someone named Mammon. When the gang arrives, they are attacked by shadow-like wraith creatures...the dead inhabitants of the planet who are seeking revenge. The gang gets away and soon meets a Rebel Commando operation led by Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, and the droids. They have arrived to destroy Gog's project, but instead all they find is a baby called "Eppon". Imperials soon arrive led by Darth Vader, and a chase begins. By the end of the story, we find out the rapidly growing Eppon IS Project Starscream, the culmination of all the experiments seen in the last 5 books. We also find out that Uncle Hoole is Mammon, the guy who destroyed the planet and the one that the wraiths are after.
I've rated this story higher than the rest for several reasons. First is that it finally broke the pattern established in the last few books. FINALLY! Maybe there's hope for the next 5 or so. But the thing I like best about this story is that it's one of the few times that we actually get to see Darth Vader in REAL action. He kicks butt and earns the nasty reputation we know he has. He has lightsabers swinging and uses the Force to pummel monsters. Great stuff. The revelations about Hoole were good to see, even though they were much delayed. Finally, a great cover by Steve Chorney.
I often get the impression that Whitman hasn't exactly read up on what's happening in the rest of the Star Wars universe. For example, he says Banthas have "tusks", when they actually have horns. Then the commandos have thermal detonator grenades which in Shadows of the Empire were the equivalent of nuclear devices. Unless there are variations of thermal detonators, it doesn't seem to jive. Finally, there was yet another case where one character said something was wrong, but the rest of them don't believe that character. Man, talk about done to death. Where's the trust?
Being eaten by a evil little kid, Eppon.