|The Paradise Detour|
The Paradise Detour is a comic strip written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated by Al Williamson. It was published by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate in 1983. It was collected in the trade paperback, Classic Star Wars Volume 3: Escape to Hoth.
The Millennium Falcon experienced navigation problems and lands on a planet for repairs. While Han tries to fix the ship, Skywalker goes off to explore. He sees a woman from his past, Tanith Shire and she is caught by some sort of monstrous plant. He frees her with his lightsaber, but she runs off into the forest and he gives chase. When he catches her, Skywalker sees she is not really Tanith Shire. They both fall into the river. When they get out, she tells him her name is S'ybll, and that the air of her planet can be intoxicating. As they walk along, Skywalker sees stormtrooper armor. He pulls out his lightsaber to slash it, revealing an empty suit. S'ybll explains she uses it to scare off attackers, as this can be a dangerous planet. A damaged Lambda-class shuttle lies nearby. Skywalker comments on how odd it is to have a damaged shuttle near one's home, but S'ybll testily replies it had been there before her. Suddenly, they are attacked by something that looks like the Night Beast, which had previously plagued the Rebels. Running away, Skywalker slips and falls. Then his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to him from from chaos and tells him he must go protect his new companion, S'ybll. Skywalker then faints. When he wakes, there is a cloth over his eyes. C-3PO then tries to contact Skywalker on his comlink, and he stands up. S'ybll tells him not to take off the cloth, but he does and sees an old woman in front of him. She tells him he is now under her spell. He treis to escape from her, but she enters his mind to drain his life force. She is a mind-witch, and has been casting illusions on him as distractions. She projects an illusion of Darth Vader. Skywalker realizes that he must remain calm, and the illusion disappears as the phantom lightsaber passes through him. Angered, S'ybll tries to kill him by throwing a tree at him. Skywalker dodges, but S'ybll then tries to hit him from multiple angles. Skywalker ran towards her, and her final attempt ends up killing her as she drains the last of her power. Skywalker rejoins his friends and they continue their journey to Echo Base.
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