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Extinction is a two-part comic, totaling 32 pages, written by Ron Marz. It was featured in Star Wars Tales #1 and #2 and collected in Star Wars Tales Volume 1. The art was by Claudio Castellini, letters by Michael Taylor, and colors by Guy Major, and the editor was Peet Janes. It takes place shortly before the Battle of Yavin.[1]

Plot summary[edit | edit source]

Darth Vader arrives on Coruscant.

Darth Vader arrives on Coruscant and enters the Emperor's chambers. Palpatine tells his apprentice that Mara Jade has found another Jedi. Mara explains that a man trying to escape Imperial custody on Kuat gave her information about a hidden Jedi known only as the Dark Woman, who has been hiding on the fifth planet in the Cophrigin system. Vader and Mara both demand to be the one to kill her. Palpatine declares that Vader shall carry out the mission.

Vader lands on Cophrigin's fifth planet in his Lambda-class shuttle and seeks out the Dark Woman. He engages her in a vicious lightsaber duel, lasting several minutes. In the end, Vader knocks a tree down with the Force, landing on top of the Dark Woman, incapacitating her. Vader goes over to her upper body, sticking out from beneath the tree, and stabs his lightsaber down, but the Dark Woman disappears, in much the same way Obi-Wan Kenobi will a year later. She appears as a Force ghost and tells Vader to let go of the dark side and return to being Anakin Skywalker. Vader refuses to do so, slashing his lightsaber through the Dark Woman's transparent form. She disappears, and Vader slowly walks back to his shuttle, successful in his mission.

Continuity[edit | edit source]

The dialogue was altered between the two-part version found in Star Wars Tales 1 and Star Wars Tales 2 and the version in Star Wars Tales Volume 1, which combined the two parts. The changed dialogue is found when the Dark Woman's Force ghost appears before Vader.

In the original version, her dialogue reads:

"Anakin…I see within you the power to release yourself from the dark side."
"NO! I seek no release! Anakin no longer exists!"
―Original dialogue between An'ya Kuro's ghost and Vader[src]

In the altered version, her dialogue reads:

"Do you now see? Your might is nothing compared to mine. Remember, Skywalker, even a faint light shines brightest when it is surrounded by darkness."
―Altered dialogue of An'ya Kuro's ghost to Darth Vader[src]

No one has officially explained why the dialogue was changed. However, it bears a strong resemblance to the prefaces in the Episode III novel.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Star Wars Tales
Tales 1: Life, Death, and the Living Force · Mara Jade: A Night on the Town · Extinction, Part 1 · Skippy the Jedi Droid
Tales 2: Routine · Extinction, Part 2 · Stop That Jawa! · Incident at Horn Station
Tales 3: The Death of Captain Tarpals · Deal with a Demon · Lady Luck · Three Against the Galaxy
Tales 4: Moment of Doubt · A Death Star Is Born · Spare Parts · Sand Blasted
Tales 5: Yaddle's Tale: The One Below · What They Called Me · A Summer's Dream · Hoth · Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
Tales 6: The Hovel on Terk Street · A Hot Time in the Cold Town Tonite! · Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc
Junkheap Hero · The Hidden · Thank the Maker
Tales 7: Single Cell · Nerf Herder · Jedi Chef · Outbid But Never Outgunned · Force Fiction
Tales 8: Captain Threepio · The One That Got Away · The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand! · Death Star Pirates · Bad Business
Tales 9: Resurrection · Hate Leads to Lollipops · The Rebel Four
Tales 10: Trooper · Skreej · Nameless · A Wookiee Scorned! · Free Memory
Tales 11: Prey · In the Beginning · The Princess Leia Diaries · Tall Tales · Ghost
A Jedi's Weapon
Tales 12: A Day in the Life · A Jedi's Weapon · The Revenge of Tag & Bink · Once Bitten · The Duty
Tales 13: Puzzle Peace · The Secret of Tet-Ami · Survivors · Stones · The Sith in the Shadow · Children of the Force
Tales 14: Apocalypse Endor · The Emperor's Court · Urchins · Tides of Terror · The Lesson · Smuggler's Blues · Mythology
Tales 15: Sandstorm · First Impressions · Falling Star · Do or Do Not · Slippery Slope · Lucky Stars
Tales 16: The Other · Best Birthday Ever · The Long, Bad Day · Kessel Run · Lunch Break · Heart of Darkness
Tales 17: Planet of the Dead · All for You · Phantom Menaces · Ghosts of Hoth · The Apprentice · Dark Journey
Tales 18: Number Two in the Galaxy · Payback · Being Boba Fett · The Way of the Warrior · Revenants
Tales 19: Collapsing New Empires · The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated
Rather Darkness Visible · The Rebel Club · The Lost Lightsaber · Into the Great Unknown · Storyteller
Tales 20: George R. Binks · Who's Your Daddy · Fred Jawa · Luke Skywalker: Detective · Hunger Pains · Failing Up With Jar Jar Binks
Nobody's Perfect · Problem Solvers · Melvin Fett · Young Lando Calrissian
Tales 21: Nomad Chapter One · Walking the Path That's Given · Equals & Opposites
Tales 22: Honor Bound · Nomad Chapter Two · Marooned
Tales 23: Shadows and Light · Nomad Chapter Three · Lucky
Tales 24: Marked · Fett Club · Unseen, Unheard · Nomad Chapter Four
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