Lit Agent of the Empire #8: Hard Targets, part 3 (of 5)

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  1. The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus

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    John Ostrander (W), Davidé Fabbri (P), Christian Dalla Vecchia (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Stéphane Roux (Cover)

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    A young boy—the heir to the title of Count Dooku—is kidnapped, and it’s Jahan Cross to the rescue!

    When the kidnapper turns out to be a sexy female spy with whom Cross has worked before, and when her motives turn out to have the boy’s welfare at heart, Cross is faced with a decision: should he disobey his own orders from the Empire?

    But first there’s a little matter of breaking out of a supposedly inescapable prison . . .
  2. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    Is that the hereditary Fel-stripe in that Imperial's hair? [face_mischief]

    And why oh why was my first thought "That looks like Daala." :p
  3. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    A B-7 Light Freighter :D Someone seems to be a DarkStryder fan.
  4. Esg Jedi Grand Master

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    Isard Sr
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  5. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    Are you trying to incur the wrath of @?[face_worried]
  6. Havac Former Moderator

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    Jeez, is that a pistol with a bayonet or a bayonet with a pistol?
  7. Grand Admiral Paxis Jedi Grand Master

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  8. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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    Hm, that HRD on the cover certainly raises a few questions. [face_thinking]
  9. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    Well, if she hadn't been female, I'd have accused 'him' of trying to make up for something...
  10. Brera Sterne Jedi Youngling

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    I am really curious which group does the female spy belong. It could be rebel but Ostrander might suprise us.
  11. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Rebels, Imperial, Xizor, Hutts, CSA, Hapan? Take your pick ;) a million open options.
  12. Brera Sterne Jedi Youngling

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    Why would any of these want to help a little boy?
  13. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Any of a million reasons. [IMG]
  14. AdmiralWesJanson Force Ghost

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    The female looks a lot like Mara is depicted in the TTT comics, but she would be too young here. Same with Shira Brie. Was Roganda Ismaren a redhead?
  15. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Nep, though a snappy dresser ;)

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  16. Cronal Jedi Grand Master

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    Plus, wasn't she more into courtly politics then direct spy actions?

    And interesting to see the HRD on the cover... wonder how she gets back into things considering the last time we saw her in Iron Eclipse.
  17. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Well since we also have her inventor on the cover, my guess is he rebuild her.
  18. Cronal Jedi Grand Master

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    An IN-GA 44 2.0? Possible... though depends whether he actually retrieved the old one and cleared the Iron Eclipse from her or whether her inventor made a new version. I mean, would Imperial Intelligence be bothered to waste resources on a lone droid? Even if it was an expensive HRD... unless of course Cross decides to go rogue for a short bit and get her but can't see why yet for this arc but look forward to finding out.
  19. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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  20. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Heh -- I was going to just move the post over to this thead, but I guess that'll do too.

    edit:
    -Heh, so the Bothan Spynet uses humans too -- and presumably anybody else they'd find of use. That's sensible of them -- nice touch, John!

    - I also like the idea that the Spynet has a professional rivalry with ImpIntel.

    - The plot thickens -- they're taking the woman to some native prison, and since Cross is operating as an envoy, he can't do anything about it... officially anyway. I like the nuance here: the Empire isn't supposed to be a monolith, and even though we're used to seeing people like Vader do as they please, more run of the mill Imperial officials have to go through channels and are sometimes frustrated by locals who aren't impressed by their high falutin' credentials.


    All in all, it's lookin' like another great issue of AotE.
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  21. Havac Former Moderator

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    It's so, so good to have Fabbri back.
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  22. Cronal Jedi Grand Master

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    Vex is truly vexing :D Cool character and nice female foil. Very different from the lady in the previous arc. And again, love the world building for Serreno in the last issue and looks like this one will continue that so excellent stuff!
  23. Dr. Steve Brule Force Ghost

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    Was kind of hoping that she was going to be imprisoned in The Box...

    Great preview, for what's shaping up to be a great second arc for the best series the EU has going so far.
  24. Cronal Jedi Grand Master

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    I believe this is out now so maybe sticky this?
  25. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Another fun issue and Cross is indeed a retired Navy Commander like Bond. :D
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