Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars #74
It's a fight for the ages in the world of Star Wars comics, showing Darth Vader finally coming up against an enemy strong enough to do actual harm -- in the form of the mighty Chewbacca himself. Something tells us this fight won't turn out to be historic as it truly should be.
The action arrives in the penultimate issue of the Star Wars comic series, before it officially ends ahead of the relaunch of Star Wars #1 set after Empire Strikes Back. But at this point in the series, the Rebels are narrowing down their options for a new secret base. Which means the stakes are high, with Imperials doing everything they can to hunt down their enemy before they can regroup. And that includes Darth Vader, personally.
In Star Wars #74 the plan to create the Rebels' version of a Death Star continues to slide off the tracks. The explosive planet set to be detonated by Chewbacca and C-3PO is still beneath their feet, thanks to Darth Vader's surprise arrival. Having taken them hostage to lure Luke Skywalker into a trap, Vader's plan works to perfection. But when Luke arrives before his (then-unknown) father, it's Chewbacca who comes to the rescue! Slamming him with a rock and trying to kill Darth Vader, the fight is over fast... with Vader applying a force choke intended to kill the Wookiee.
It's in that mutual death grip that the issue ends, setting up the final Star Wars comic for an an entertaining, if somewhat anticlimactic finale. But whether or not Vader kills Chewie or vice versa, writer Greg Pak and artist Phil Noto have delivered a satisfying chapter before the Empire inevitably 'strikes back' against the Rebellion with a vengeance on Hoth. And knowing how much affection Chewie has for C-3PO in that film and its sequels, there's a good chance the droid comes to his rescue.
Either way, the "Rebels and Rogues" arc has done a terrific job of highlighting characters who don't typically get the spotlight on film. C-3PO especially, if the final issue lets him play the hero -- as he just might with his death in Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker. But that's all rumors and speculation. For now, the credit goes to Chewbacca for keeping Luke alive to fight another day. Readers can find the official issue details and plot synopsis below:
- Star Wars (2015) #74
- Written By: Greg Pak
- Art and Cover Art By: Phil Noto
- WOOKIEE VS. SITH! Our three stories converge as the rebels’ plan to destroy the Empire’s fleet come to a head! But can LUKE really trust the grifter WARBA CALIP? Can HAN, LEIA, and DAR CHAMPION survive a head-on battle with a STAR DESTROYER? And what happens when CHEWBACCA takes on LORD VADER himself in hand-to-hand combat? And the Rebellion’s search for a new home...a base safe from the reach of the Empire...begins.
Star Wars #74 is available in your local comic book shop.