Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artists: Immonen, Von Grawbadger, Ponsor
All signs point to Nar Shaddaa. Luke Skywalker had gone there to book travel to Coruscant and got himself thrown into a fighting ring as the last of the Jedi. Han Solo and Princess Leia are escaping the Empire with help from Han’s wife, Sana Solo. Chewbacca and C-3PO have been sent to Nar Shaddaa by Rebel Command to help Luke.
Everyone is going to save Luke, but he is not the only one who is going to need help. Dengar has tracked Chewie in an effort to cash in on the bounty. Dengar proves that he is quite the fighter, more than holding his own against the enraged wookiee. It’s a heckuva drag out fight between the two of them, and neither is holding anything back.
While Chewie is fighting for his life, Luke is fighting for his in the arena. It’s a classic arena battle, except Luke is having to fight a monstrous creature named Kongo the Disemboweler. It’s unclear if this is a creature or if it’s sentient. It’s really a moot point as Luke is not going to have much chance to talk things out with him. It’s a battle to the death, and the crowds aren’t putting their money on Luke.
Han and Leia’s story is the smallest portion of the book. It’s only a few pages, but it does begin to give us more information on Han’s marriage to Sana. It was one of Han’s schemes and it seems that she may not have known his full plans. She doesn’t get to comment though.
This book is solid action all the way through. If it’s not Chewie and Dengar, it’s Luke in the arena. Through it all Jason Aaron still manages to give us emotional and character moments. Stuart Immonen’s art and layouts keep the action clear and easy to follow. The final pages promise a big change in the next issue as the Smuggler’s Moon still has more secrets to reveal.