Star Wars 98: Supply and Demand is the ninety-eighth issue of the Marvel Star Wars series of comics.
While Chewbacca is on leave to Kashyyyk, and Leia is meeting with some of the Alliance of Free Planets 'biggies', quoting Lando, Han is forced to go on a mission to a former Imperial prison planet, with Nien Nunb as his co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon. When he gets there, he is surprised to see that his job is to escort a woman and her child to Vandelhelm to sort out problem with the Metalsmith's Guild supplying the Alliance with 'ores and alloys and stuff'. Apparently, the current Guildmaster Orrk has allied himself with the Galactic Empire and was abashed when he found out that the royalty whom Han escorts is coming back. Imperial Admiral Mordur has assured the Guildmaster that the 'venerated ones' will die. When the Millennium Falcon comes out of hyperspace, it has come out right in the middle of mined asteroid field. Moff Vordur was expecting a large Rebel cruiser. The plan failed.
On Vandelhelm, the group was greeted by the Guildmaster himself. Han began criticizing the work of the guild. Orrk defends himself by saying how selflessly the metalsmith's work. He also mentions that Han's passengers are the last descendants of the two families that initially founded the metal-rich planet.
Han returns to the Millennium Falcon, only to find his co-pilot taken hostage by the Imperial stormtroopers. Orrk has also taken the royals hostage, and has revealed his partnership with the Empire to Han. What happens next? The child jumps on Orrk's leg, throwing him off-balance. Han uses the moment and shoots the stormtrooper holding Nien. He tries to make a shot at Orrk, but can't because he might hit the royals. So he jumps on Orrk. Unfortunately for Han, the Guildmaster is of much heavier and stronger build, which results in Han dragging off the platform where the Millennium Falcon was held. However, the woman has shot Orrk, and Han pulled him down, which resulted in his death. Later, Han heard a 'familiar sound', which was a crackle on Chewbacca's rifle. Apparently, two stormtroopers have seen the whole scene and emerged from the corner. Nien Nunb has seen that, and shot them in time.
The group goes to the Millennium Falcon. At the same time, Admiral Mordur has entered the command codes for the drone barges filled with ore, and launches them to follow his lead ship, which he pilots to the Sun. Han notices that, and he boards the ship. Eventually, Han and the Admiral fight each other on the command deck of the ship in Zero-G conditions. Han wins, and tries to shut down the signal to drone barges. He can't. When he thinks that all is already lost, that he, the Millennium Falcon, the crew and the barges are going to burn down in the sun, he hears Lando's voice, who has arrived on a EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate. He tractor beamed the Millennium Falcon, and tells Han that he used the command code to take the barges in. Apparently, the royals knew the codes, but didn't tell Han about it. The comic finishes as we see the kid hugging Han.
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Behind the scenesEdit
Supply and Demand was later recolored and reprinted by Dark Horse Comics in 1995 as The Vandelhelm Mission. It is reprinted with its original colors in Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 7: Far, Far Away and Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 5.
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