Two of the biggest titles in comics collide in the first crossover of the new Marvel age of Star Wars! When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the Rebel Fleet on his own, he is sent crashing onto a nearby planet. Will the Rebels seize this opportunity to put an end to one of their greatest enemies – or will they be made to feel the full power of the Dark Side? The Sith Lord may be down, he isn’t out! All your favorites are here, old and new, good and evil: Luke! Vader! Leia! Aphra! Han! Threepio, Artoo, Triple-Zero and BT-1! And, in a hair-raising battle of the Wookiees, Chewbacca versus Black Krrsantan! Roooarrgh ur roo!
Darth Vader is tracking down his son, Like Skywalker, on Vrogas Vos, where intel from his new associate, Dr. Aphra, said Luke would be. When Vader arrives on the planet, Vader crashes an unexpected party of rebel squadrons in orbit, with Luke among them.
After Vader battles Rebel ships single-handedly, Luke crashes into his TIE, sending them both plummeting toward the surface below. Over the course of the subsequent issues, we follow Vader on his search for Luke as he proves time and time again what an unstoppable force that he is against the Rebels and everything they can throw at him. Han, Chewie, Leia and the droids head to the planet to help their friend, and upon arrival, Leia jumps on the opportunity to take Vader down once and for all while the others search for Luke.
All is well until Aphra and her murderous droids arrive, followed by a visit from Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan and a highly ambitious and perhaps over-zealous Mon Calamarian cyborg named Karbin, who would love nothing better than to take Vader’s place at the Emperor’s side. Karbin challenges Vader in battle, while his troopers are sent to capture Luke Skywalker.
Leia is looking for an opportunity to finally take out Vader, when she gets a distress call from Threepio. As she is faced with the choice to remain and try to kill Vader or to leave and help her friends, she remembers Alderaan and all she has lost, and ultimately chooses to save perhaps the only thing she has left – her friends.
As Leia leaves the scene, the lightsaber battle continues. Aphra – in an attempt to get back in the dark lord’s good graces – offers her assistance, sacrifing her ship to bring down Karbin, who is finally silenced by a swift and merciful stroke from Vader’s crimson blade.
Although Karbin was defeated, his troops succeeded in their capture of Skywalker, and Vader – not wanting the boy to be delivered to the Emperor by any hands other than his own – uses the Force to bring down the Imperial shuttle, allowing Luke to escape.
Seeing the shuttle crash after being surprisingly rescued from Black Krrsantan by C-3PO (I always wondered how Wookiee hair would respond under electric shock), Han and company head to the crash site to pick up Luke. When they arrive back at the Falcon, they find a surprise waiting for them.
After losing her ship, Aphra is looking for a new ride and believes she has found one in Han’s old ship. And she’d have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for that meddling princess who surprises her with a mean left hook.
With the Falcon back in their possession and all our heroes back together in one place, they leave the planet with their new prisoner who they hope can provide information useful to the Rebellion.