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

Discussion in 'Literature' started by The Loyal Imperial, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. The Loyal Imperial

    The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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

    On sale Dec 19
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    Miniseries

    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

    Zorrixor Force Ghost star 6

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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

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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

    Esg Jedi Knight star 4

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    Isard Sr
     
  5. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

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    Are you trying to incur the wrath of The_Four_Dot_Elipsis?[face_worried]
     
  6. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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

    Grand Admiral Paxis Jedi Master star 3

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    Vibrobayonet. :p
     
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  8. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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

    Zorrixor Force Ghost star 6

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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

    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

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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

    Brera Sterne Jedi Youngling

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

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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    Any of a million reasons. [​IMG]
     
  14. AdmiralWesJanson

    AdmiralWesJanson Jedi Grand Master star 5

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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

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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    Nep, though a snappy dresser ;)

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  16. Cronal

    Cronal Jedi Master star 4

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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

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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

    Cronal Jedi Master star 4

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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

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  20. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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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.
     
  21. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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

    Cronal Jedi Master star 4

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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

    Dr. Steve Brule Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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

    Cronal Jedi Master star 4

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

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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