PART 5 of 5
“A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD”
BLACK SPIRE OUTPOST is a haven for smugglers, merchants and travelers from every corner of the galaxy — all looking to make the score of a lifetime through the infamous black market.
The mysterious Dok-Ondar is known far and wide as a collector and trader of only the most valuable artifacts money can buy. But a trio of outlaws — KENDOH, REMEX and WOORO — are after the fabled SWORD OF KHASHYUN that even Dok-Ondar fears…and they’ve hatched a scheme to swindle the Ithorian out of it.
The sword is one of many artifacts tied to Dok-Ondar’s past…and to solving the mystery of his parents’ deaths. But he isn’t the only one who has a history with the sword — pirate Hondo Ohnaka and rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra are well-aware of its value. And as the Red Fury stormtroopers of the First Order close in, time is running out to escape Black Spire with or without the blade….
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Will Sliney
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Colorist: Dono Sánchez-Almara, Protobunker
Cover artist: Tommy Lee Edwards
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publication date: August 28, 2019
In what has been an unexpected treat of a series, Galaxy’s Edge comes to an end and while the story so far hasn’t been a stone cold classic, this final issue does a solid job of showing why Dok Ondar has such a widespread reputation as an antiques trader of galactic repute. Put it this way, if you’re ever in the position to shake hands with him, count your fingers afterwards.
We rejoin the story as First Order forces enter Ondar’s Den of Antiquities as Ondar is warned about the troubling reputation of Kendoh and her gang. The First Order are well aware of her skills, as Ondar plays the innocent dealer, watching the story unfold in front of him. We see flashbacks to Moriband as Doctor Aphra has her own fateful encounter with the Sword of Khashyun, or half of it, and it’s slowly revealed that – not entirely surprisingly – Ondar had a long game plan after all as Kendoh and gang battle the First Order, unleashing a young sarlacc on the troops and making their escape.
Here comes the twist. Remex isn’t Remex after all, but another Clawdite – Varg – who was working on the inside for Ondar. The two parts of the sword reunited, his final twist is to explain that it was Ondar who was Kendoh’s mysterious benefactor, and after paying them a healthy sum for their troubles advises that they leave Black Spire after a tip off to the First Order.
Niftily written, deftly drawn with a sense of pace the series underlines just why working on Batuu is such a dangerous occupation. Visitors may be walking in with a sense of slack-jawed wonder, but the ‘real’ Batuu is a decidedly lethal and underhanded place. Which is exactly as it should be, and credit to the writers for making sure the Black Spire Outpost is worthy of that galactic reputation.
Here’s hoping that this isn’t the end of the line for Galaxy’s Quest stories. It’s been a good move to feature characters we know like Han and Chewie, Greedo, Doctor Aphra and others but there’s enough confidence in the location as a hotbed for stories to start bringing in new and original characters. A tip of the hat to a great effort all round, and we’re patiently waiting at the bar of Oga’s Cantina for the next adventure.