Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:22 pm
joysweeper: Grand Admiral Thrawn steeples his hands in front of his face. (Thrawn Must Consider This Carefully)
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A few months back I posted part of a story where Wedge Antilles, the least-appreciated badass in Star Wars, flashes back to when pirates killed his parents.  But that wasn't when he decided to join the Rebel Alliance.  This is "Lucky", a story subtitled "The Curse of Wedge Antilles", which was printed in Star Wars Tales # 23.  It's only fifteen pages long, so I'm putting up five of them, which is fortunately enough to show the story.  I'm not all that sold on the art here, but I love Wedge, so!

His engines and instruments go out, and while the other Rogues have radio contact, they're busy mopping up the last of the TIEs.  It's too dark to let him see where he is, and there could be a mountain in front of him for all he knows. 

So he meets back up with the other pilots, none of them recognizable from the X-Wing Series, all of them very impressed that he made it, and one says that only he could be so lucky as to fly over a lake with luminous algae in it at a time like that.  They praise him, call him lucky, tell him that he's invincible, untouchable.  As he leaves, goes to his quarters, he stares out the window and the caption boxes say "Yes... lucky.  I've always been lucky."

And then the flashback starts, putting him six years ago, on a moon called Gus Talon.  After his parents died, Booster set him up with a cargo ship and he tried to live normally, I guess.  Wedge has a girlfriend named Mala.  She's a mechanic, and her father is another mechanic, who has a rather antagonistic relationship with the local Imperials.  And doesn't approve of a small-time freighter pilot dating his daughter.

Captain Limpet-Face wasn't Imperial at the time, so I guess it makes sense that Wedge doesn't blame the Empire for that.  And you see what I meant by not being sold on the art.

So he heads out, and the distracting cyan caption boxes read "I love you."  I didn't say it.  I wanted to.  We wanted to.  It's wrong that these moments pass you by with no warning.  There should be a feeling at the time... something that stops you.  That makes you realize you'll never get the chance again.

And at the garage, Imperials show up to arrest Mala and her father for collusion with the Rebellion.

So there's a fight, and the head Imp runs and calls for reinforcements.  Wedge's caption box says that he heard later that Rallo and his men killed the stormtroopers, it was a heroic stand against the oppressive occupiers, and if he'd been there, he'd have been part of it.  And that they knew there would be repercussions, but they thought it would be along the lines of a full-scale invasion of the settlement.

They couldn't possibly have imagined.  Instead, in a page that I'm actually fairly impressed by, TIE Bombers show up.  And - well, you can guess what happened.

Cut to Wedge, returning in his ship and being told that by order of the Emperor, Gus Talon is under Imperial rules and all citizens are now prisoners of the Empire, so if he doesn't stop he'll be shot.  The caption box says that he couldn't turn away, he had to try, though he wasn't thinking straight.  So Wedge shot some TIEs down.

So yeah.  That's Lucky.  Damn, did it suck to be Wedge before Endor.

Requested tags: char: wedge antilles, title: star wars

Date: 2010-01-23 08:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmdr_zoom
Poor guy.
I'm glad he does find someone eventually.

Date: 2010-01-24 04:11 am (UTC)
rhythmbandit: Shinji is totally a happy normal kid (NGE * Shinji)
From: [personal profile] rhythmbandit
Yeah the drawing isn't great, but the... layouts, if that make sense, are good. That last page, for example, kills me. Poor guy.


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