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The Empire Strikes Back:
Imperial Pursuit
Attribution information
Writer

Archie Goodwin

Penciller
Inker
Letterer

Rick Veitch

Colorist

Glynis Wein

Cover artist
Publication information
Publisher

Marvel Comics

Publication date
Pages

17

General information
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

3 ABY

Series

Marvel Star Wars

Issue number

41

Preceded by

Star Wars 40: The Empire Strikes Back: Battleground Hoth

Followed by

Star Wars 42: The Empire Strikes Back: To Be a Jedi

"I'm glad you said there’d be no problem, hot-shot…otherwise I might be worried."
―Leia Organa[src]

Star Wars 41: The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Pursuit is the forty-first issue in the Marvel Star Wars series of comics.

Plot summaryEdit

Luke Skywalker escapes from the downed snowspeeder just as the AT-AT approaches him. Grabbing a harpoon gun, he runs underneath the behemoth and fires the harpoon into the AT-AT’s underside, and climbs up the rope and slices a hatch open with his lightsaber. Throwing a thermal detonator inside the AT-AT, he succeeds in destroying the vehicle.

Back at Echo Base, Darth Vader personally leads a contingent of snowtroopers throughout the rebel headquarters. Han Solo rushes Princess Leia and C-3PO through the access corridors as Imperial gunfire pummels the base. He gets them aboard the Millennium Falcon and takes off.

As the Falcon leaves Hoth, two Star Destroyers immediately give chase. Han maneuvers the Falcon expertly between them causing the star destroyers to sideswipe one another. A squad of TIE bombers exits one of the cruisers and gives chase. Han leads the TIE bombers into a congested asteroid belt.

Back on Hoth, Rogue group regroups and makes preparations to meet at the rendezvous point. But Luke isn’t following the rest of his team. Instead, R2-D2 and he take Luke’s X-wing fighter towards the planet Dagobah.

Arriving there, Luke lands his X-wing in a thick, swampy bog, R2 chirps a warning to him as he exits the cockpit. A strange, small creature watches the two from afar.

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Characters

Creatures

  • Bantha (Mentioned only)
  • Fly (Mentioned only)

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Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

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Behind the scenesEdit

This is Part Three of the six-part adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back.

This issue features a five page article, "Building an Empire: Marvel Style" by Archie Goodwin which explains the discrepancy between the way Yoda looked in the paperback adaptation and the other versions. It also reveals that both Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon drew each of the covers of the adaptation.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Comic Reader #182 (The Comics Journal #57 lists August 26, 1980, but has no listings at all for September 2)
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