Lit Agent of the Empire #9: Hard Targets, part 4 (of 5)

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  1. Rogue_Follower Manager Emeritus

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    Star Wars: Agent of the Empire - Hard Targets #4 (of 5)

    Writer: John Ostrander, Haden Blackman, Jeremy Barlow, Chuck Dixon
    Penciller: Davidé Fabbri
    Inker: Christian Dalla Vecchia
    Colorist: Wes Dzioba
    Cover Artist: Stéphane Roux

    The Imperial Navy has arrived and Agent Cross has been officially told to stand down from his mission overseeing the election of a regent for the young Duke of Serenno. But Cross is not about to allow an innocent boy to be used as a disposable pawn—even if it serves the Empire’s short-term goals.

    "This one is the Star Wars book you really check out. Fun and sexy and exciting." —Technorati


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  2. Rogue_Follower Manager Emeritus

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    Hm, interesting that John now has co-authors...

    Always good to see Barlow in the writer slot, though.
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  3. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    (don't get me wrong -- I do like the cover.:p)
  4. Ulicus Lit'ari

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    "In this scene we witness Captain Picard using his telekenetic powers, represented by lens flare, to remove the clothing of a woman offscreen. While Riker averts his eyes, Picard can see everything."
  5. jfostrander01 Writer: Dawn of the Jedi, Agent of the Empire

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    John does NOT have co-writers on this. John wrote it all by hisself.

    -- John
  6. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    lol!

    Extras was such a great show. Especially when focusing on someone who wasn't Gervais. :p
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  7. Rogue_Follower Manager Emeritus

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    Aha. I stand corrected. Someone over at darkhorse.com may have been getting a little too frisky with their copypasta, then. :p
  8. Zorrixor Chosen One

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  9. Nobody145 Force Ghost

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    So anybody else pick up this issue today? And yes, the inside cover confirms that John wrote it all by hisself. :p

    Still plenty of great action, lines and chase scenes of course, all with great art and excellent writing, a great Bond-style adventure. Honestly, nothing super-original, but a great story still with a few good messages. And I like seeing so many Star Wars vehicles too (though the Imperial fleet still hasn't arrived so no Star Destroyer shots). Now just one more issue to go.
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  10. cthugha Force Ghost

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    I particularly liked the weird plant in Cross sr.'s living room.

    Also the first picture, and the brawling scene in front of the bar. Very nice gritty futuristic city setting with a palpable, realistic feel to it. Great art on the whole -- Otoh Dooku (lol -- who would have guessed we'd get that name sometime) was a nice touch, too.
  11. Cronal Force Ghost

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    Loved the issue. Really hope to see more from this series. The world building is just amazing. Otoh Dooku? Just brilliant :DThis is perhaps the biggest development we have seen on Serenno.
  12. Todd the Jedi Mod and Inquisitor of SWTV

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    This issue was alright. Fett's speech pattern seemed a bit off. Resembled Rorschach from Watchmen.

    Still, I continue to love Fabbri's art and how it meshes with Ostrander's world-building.
  13. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    With how many different Fetts there have been, is there even a standard speech pattern? :p
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  14. Todd the Jedi Mod and Inquisitor of SWTV

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    Considering we barely have a standard background for the character, I guess a standard speech pattern is too much to ask.
  15. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    Rorschach Fett? Sounds good to me.
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  16. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Given how screwed up his childhood was it even seems fitting. ;)
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  17. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    Too bad they dropped the celibate thing, that was another parallel to Rorschach.
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  18. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Too bad they dropped just about anything from those great stories. [face_plain]
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  19. RC-1991 Force Ghost

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    Could be worse. His Shadows of the Empire iteration was atrocious.
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  20. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    I just imagined almost everything said by Fett in Shadows of the Empire was a thought bubble :cool:
  21. HedecGa Force Ghost

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    I really love this series. It has great action, an interesting protag that I'm curious to hear more about--but at John's pace, not mine. The art is fantastic. I love all the nods to continuity. Great, great stuff.
  22. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    This issue has a James Bond style Sub-Battle as well as an underwater city! Simply awesome. :D
  23. Iron_lord Chosen One

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    In The Essential Reader's Companion, it makes a point of saying that it didn't match up with anything else written about Fett before or since.
  24. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    I'd disagree that it "didn't match up with anything before", since nothing had been established at that point. It was something that Moran established, but it went against nothing that came before or anything in the prequels. The inconsistency comes later, when authors decided to give Fett a child, a wife and a mistress. I still maintain that these elements add little to Fett as a character.

    Like Darth Bane, it seems all the unique traits about Fett are retconned one by one.
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  25. IG_2000 Force Ghost

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    Moran's version of the character beats every other depiction.

    idgaf
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