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The Third Law
Attribution information
Writer

Larry Hama

Penciller

Carmine Infantino

Inker

Carlos Garzon

Letterer

Rick Parker

Colorist

Glynis Wein

Cover artist
Publication information
Publisher

Marvel Comics

Publication date
Pages

22

General information
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

3 ABY

Series

Marvel Star Wars

Issue number

48

Preceded by

Star Wars 47: Droid World

Followed by

Star Wars 49: The Last Jedi

Star Wars 48: The Third Law is the forty-eighth issue in the Marvel Star Wars series of comics.

Plot summaryEdit

Princess Leia Organa, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Rebellion finance minister Viscount Tardi arrive on the banking world of Aargau to complete the financing of a sale of X-wing fighters to the Rebellion. Also on the planet is Darth Vader and his entourage of paid assassins specializing in unarmed combat as it is forbidden for non-citizens of Aargau to carry weapons.

Vader's assassins make several attempts on Tardi's life, but Leia's quick wit succeeds in not only saving the Viscount, but destroying the assassins as well. Ultimately Vader is forced to play his hand and he cuts Tardi down with his lightsaber, but Viscount Tardi is actually just a droid made in his image and the real Tardi had died months ago. Leia had R2 record video images of the "murder" and transmit them to C-3PO who is waiting at police headquarters to prevent Vader from exposing their ruse to the authorities. Leia needed the fake Viscount to secure the loan, and she used the Crown Jewels of Alderaan as indisputable collateral, but knowing that the authorities would have discovered that Tardi was a fake when they passed through Aargau's security scanners as soon as they attempted to leave the planet, it was necessary for Leia to manipulate Darth Vader into destroying the duplicate.

Darth Vader has also been manipulating Princess Leia as he really has no interest in preventing her financial deal for the starfighters, he actually wanted to take possession of the priceless jewels. He bribed an officer at the local customs station, and succeeded in acquiring the treasure, and had only played along with Leia's plan to ensure he could leave the planet without the jewels being missed by the authorities.

AppearancesEdit

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Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Behind the scenesEdit

Although this issue centers around a character named Viscount Tardi, the real Tardi had never made an appearance before this issue was published.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle, provided by Lucasfilm
  2. The Comic Reader #189 and The Comics Journal #63, provided by Marvel


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