Reviewed 06/17/97: reviews issues #17 - #19 (Parts 1-3)
The Rogue Squadron is sent on a mission to find a lost ship of Bothan
Tourists. Upon arriving at the coordinates, a dogfight with some TIEs causes
Wedge to crash in the forest. The rest of the squad finds the missing Bothan
ship, but the Bothans seem more like mercenaries than tourists.
Dllr senses the planet's "music", which we learn comes from an abandoned Sith
temple commanded by a former Imperial tech who learned its Sith power. He now
commands the native beasts whom attach the Bothans and the Rogues. He captured
Wedge who was able to escape due to his Force insensitivity.
Drawn to the temple, Dllr is captured and is forced to embrace Sith power in
order to save himself and the rest of the Rogues.
Obviously, Stackpole has a good understanding of these characters since he
invented most of them. The plot is fine, but isn't exactly gripping me. One
problem I have is the over use of Sith power in the post-ROTJ fiction. I get
my share of it from KJA and I don't really need it here.
As a computer programmer, I didn't buy the transposition bug at the start of
the arc. Generally, computers don't store numbers as a string of digits (eg:
"247") especially for numerical computation (which is presumably all
navigation software does). As such, the only place transposition errors would
occur is at the time of user input where a number is translated to its
internal format. If there were this kind of bug, it wouldn't be random. (That
said, my software has seen many bugs I would have thought impossible.)
In general, the pencils in this book are very good. The characters and
settings are all done very well, with an impressive level of detail.
My one beef here would be the pencils in the dogfights (an important aspect of
any X-Wing title). For some reason, people can't seem to draw TIEs correctly.
On many occasions, the panels are out of proportion or too close/far to the
cockpit or at the wrong angel. I just don't understand this. The X-Wings are
better, but not always right either.
The color, on the other hand, has no flaws. It's amazing from the texture of
the gunfire to the glow in the back of the forest to the blur effect on ships
in the distance. Absolutely beautiful. On par with the colors in the HTTE
Great colors, average pencils, average story. 7/10. Recommended.