Star Wars
Tag & Binks Were Here

Author: Kevin Rubio
Artist: Lucas Marangon
Titan Books
RRP: £10.99, US $14.95
ISBN: 978 1 8457 6370 1
Available 26 January 2007

Officers Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna were minding their own business aboard a familiar, princess-harbouring freighter when they suddenly found themselves under siege. Now under attack by the Empire, they will choose life over a noble death and "borrow" the armour off a pair of deceased stormtroopers. Their new disguises might get them off the freighter alive, but they'll also lead Tag and Bink on an adventure neither could have predicted...

Tag & Bink Were Here takes key moments from the original trilogy of Star Wars movies and explains that some of the most important events in the Star Wars Universe were the result of two ordinary rebel fighters who were just trying to avoid trouble.

For example, the Tie-Fighter that Han Solo follows towards the Death Star was actually piloted by Tag, who is trying to escape from the Death Star. A confusion over the message Bink (in another Tie Fighter) gives him, results in Tag heading back to the Death Star with the Millennium Falcon in hot pursuit. How did Obi-Wan Kenobi manage to lower the force field when it was guarded by two stormtroopers? Well, those two Troopers were Tag & Bink. And who shot C3P0 to bits in Bespin? Well, that too was our hapless heroes. Also, watch out for the inclusion of a long running in-gag amongst Star Wars fans - the stormtrooper who bangs his head in A New Hope.

There are numerous examples like this as the two make their way through the original trilogy. There's a great running story line with Lando that explains why he owes Tag a huge favour. The Boba Fett story arc is a little tedious and I thought would have played better as a quick gag instead of an ongoing story. However, as Boba keeps popping up in the movies, it does make sense to have him chasing Tag and Bink.

The final story focusses on the duo's early beginnings as potential Jedi Knights in training. While this is an entertaining and very funny tale, it doesn't feature pivotal events from the Star Wars Universe. Okay, it does feature the two getting Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala together, but nothing more really.

Without a doubt the funniest Star Wars graphic novel you're ever likely to read. If you a fan of the original trilogy then you'll love this collection.

Darren Rea

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