Star Wars: A New Hope #1

    Star Wars: A New Hope » Star Wars: A New Hope #1 released by Tokyopop on 2005.

    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is the classic film that introduced the galaxy to Luke Skywalker and the Force - and now TOKYOPOP has it all in an awesome Cine-Manga event! Luke teams up with Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, and R2-D2 to rescue Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader. As the Empire unveils its most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star, will the rebellion be able to defeat Vader's diabolical plans? Or will the Empire rule forever?

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    This Tokypop CineMANGA title uses screen captures covered with speech balloons and captions to tell the story of Star Wars: A New Hope.

    Princess Leia Organa's transport is boarded by the Empire, lead by the evil Darth Vader. She is captured, while R2-D2 and C-3PO escape to the surface of Tatooine where they are captured by Jawas. Stormtroopers track the 'droids, but Luke Skywalker and his Uncle Owen purchase them from the Jawas.

    R2-D2 runs away from Luke's farm which prompts Luke to take C-3PO out the next morning to track him down. Some Tusken raiders discover Luke and are nearly captured or killed, but they are rescued by Ben Kenobi. Ben discovers the message asking for his help from Princess Leia. He also begins to explain the Force to Luke and provides him with a lightsaber. The lightsaber used to belong to Luke's father.

    Meanwhile, on the Death Star, Darth Vader tortures Leia to try to learn the location of the Rebel Base.

    The Stormtroopers track the 'droids to the Jawas. The destruction of the Jawas' sand crawler is discovered by Luke and Ben. Luke races off home to warn Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Unfortunately he's too late.

    With the death of his aunt and uncle, Luke has no reason to stay on Tatooine and decides to leave with Ben Kenobi. Ben, Luke, and the 'droids visit Mos Eisley to secure a transport. Ben is forced to cut off a bar patron's arm to save Luke. They are able to secure a transport ship - the Millenium Falcon piloted by Han Solo.

    After Ben and Luke leave the bar to sell Luke's speeder to pay for transport Han shoots Greedo before Greedo is able to shoot Han. Han then meets with Jabba the Hutt in the street and tells Jabba he needs more time to pay Jabba back. Everyone then meets at the Millenium Falcon to leave for Alderaan. As they take off they're shot at and pursued by the Empire, but they escape to light speed.

    Princess Leia is brought before Governor Tarkin. He insists she give the location of the Rebel Base or he'll destroy Alderaan. Even though the far too trusting Leia provides the location of Dantooine, Tarkin still destroys Alderaan as a demonstration of the Empire's might.

    Ben is somehow able to detect the destruction of Alderaan while training Luke in the ways of the Force. The Falcon then arrives at their destination to discover Alderaan is missing, but is orbited by no small moon. The Death Star brings the Falcon on board with a tractor beam. Once inside Luke and Han sneak out to locate Princess Leia.

    They find her in the detention cells, but the Imperials realize they've taken her. Darth Vader and Ben fight a lightsaber duel. Ben is killed, but his body disappears. Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, C-3PO, and R2-D2 use the distraction to escape. However, Tarkin had allowed them to leave with a homing beacon on their ship.

    The falcon arrives at the real rebel base on the Fourth moon of Yavin. R2-D2's plans to the Death Star are analyzed for a weakness in the Death Star. Once that weakness is located a plan of attack is decided. Han gets his reward for saving Leia and flies off -- much to the chagrin of a disappointed Luke.

    Luke, despite no experience with them, is given an X-Wing starfighter and a position on Red Wing. When the Death Star arrives at Yavin 4 the rebels begin their assault. Despite taking heavy losses the rebels manage to almost make it to the exhaust port. Unfortunately Darth Vader himself is protecting that port. As he begins to shoot the Force-using Luke, Han Solo swoops in and shoots Vader's wingman's ship. This causes the other wingman to clip Vader's ship and send Vader spiraling away from the Death Star.

    Just as the Death Star is ready to destroy Yavin 4, and end the rebel threat, Luke's force-directed torpedoes are fired directly into the exhaust port. The Death Star is destroyed.

    Luke, Han, Chewie, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are then given awards for their actions.

    There are then a few pages of behind the scenes photos from the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope.


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