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Queen Trios of Shu-Torun, instrumental in outfitting the Rebellion’s powerful new fleet, has betrayed her allies in the Alliance by completely sabotaging their cruisers’ vital systems.

Defenseless and unable to launch fighters, the hard-won rebel fleet is all but helpless against the might of Darth Vader and the Imperial Navy.

Now Princess Leia hurries to find a way to save the fleet — and the very Rebellion itself — from certain destruction….

Star Wars #51: Hope Dies Part II

Writer:  Kieron Gillen
Artist:  Salvador Larroca
Colorist:  GURU-eFX
Letterer:  VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist:  David Marquez  & Jesus Aburtov
Cover Artist (Action Figure Variant):  John Tyler Christopher
Assistant Editor:  Tom Groneman
Editor:  Mark Paniccia

Star Wars #51 finds the Rebel Alliance on the precipice of their annihilation.  Thanks to the betrayal of Queen Trios,  the Rebel Fleet is paralyzed and helpless as an Imperial Task Force led by Darth Vader appears from hyperspace.  The Rebels scramble to find an escape and capture the traitor in their midst.  Rebel leadership has developed a plan but the odds of success are dismal if not impossible.   However, unexpected appearance of the Millenium Falcon may be the game-changer.  Or is it?

Kieron Gillen adds another thrilling chapter to the “Hope Dies” arc, picking up in the heat of the moment following the Rebel’s realization of the dire gravity of their current situation.  As the action progresses, we witness further development of Queen Trios motives in her despicable act betrayal under the guise of ensuring her planet’s safety from the crush of the Empire.  It certainly appears that the further she is willing to go the harder she is going to fall.  Mr. Gillen continues to present a fine story and leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the next chapter.

The issue’s cover is one of my favorite in the series so far.  You can almost feel the chase as the Falcon is pursued through the chaos erupting all around them.  The cover captures the intensity that awaits in the pages that follow.

Once again we are graced with Salvador Larroca’s cinematic artistry and technical detail that is beyond comparison.  The coloring brilliantly captures all of the action in the ambience of the Mako-Ta Star’s corona allowing the reader to experience the heat and tension of the character’s distress.  The artwork combined with the story continues to be one solid package.