Rebel Force Vol 1: Target / Alex Wheeler : 3 of 5

Target [SW REBEL FORCE #01 TARGET]Although I seriously doubt anything could take the place of Jude Watson's various Jedi books, I thought I would try out Rebel Force, a new Scholastic kiddie series featuring the classic original trilogy Star Wars characters. The story begins right after Episode 4 ends, with the Rebel Alliance still based on Yavin 4 just after destroying the Death Star. It's fun to get reacquainted with Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and the droids again, although I think I am more sensitive to awkward dialogue since I feel like I know these characters so well. Thankfully the author takes the time to get into their thoughts, which is often fascinating, especially when we find out about the Emperor's shock and anger at the Empire's failure. There's also insight into Leia's sadness about Alderaan and Luke's worries about learning how to use his lightsaber without Obi-Wan. The plot involves a Rebel mission to Muunilinst (the Banking Clan planet) to retrieve some Rebellion funds, and of course all of our heroes conveniently go together. Since the Emperor doesn't know the pilot who blew up the Death Star, a super spy called X-7 (I can't think of a more stupid name) is assigned to infiltrate the group, and he begins to befriend everyone by becoming just the personality they want in a companion. Strangely enough, the story concludes with Luke participating in a podrace (C-3PO begins to mention another human, meaning Anakin, who is listed in historical records), which is kind of exciting, but essentially this volume is just an introduction to a larger story. Although I definitely enjoyed spending some time with my Star Wars pals again, I think I can wait for the other volumes to become available on PaperBack Swap (unless I get really hooked for some reason).