In a Nutshell
Luke races against time to destroy Omega Frost.
Writer/Editor: Archie Goodwin
Artists: Carmine Infantino & Bob Wiacek
Colorist: Petra Goldberg
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Consulting Editor: Jim Shooter
As Han leads the Rebel fleet towards Junction, Silas Tagge oversees the preparation of Omega Frost in the asteroid field leading to the planet. Nearby, Luke abandons the effectively-useless TIE fighter he used to escape from Baron Tagge, trusting in his jet pack, and the Force, to lead him to one of the Omega Frost towers. As the Rebel fleet drops out of hyperspace and enters the asteroid field, Silas gives the order to hold until they're halfway into the field to activate Omega Frost. Luke manages to reach the asteroid carrying one of the towers, but it is protected by a force field, preventing him from damaging it. Spotting Luke, Silas gives the order to activate the weapon, but the Rebel fleet is just outside the freezing effect. However, Silas is confidant they'll be unable to stop or turn around in time, at least not without destroying the fleet in the process. However, Luke is able to cut into the ground beneath the tower, to where the field is no longer protecting the device, and destroys the tower, ending the Omega Frost effect. Unfettered, the Rebel fleet emerges from the asteroid field, attacking the Tagge ship and Imperial cruiser waiting there, while Han prepares to rescue Luke from his asteroid.
Firsts and Other Notables
Both Baron Orman and Silas Tagge seemingly die this issue, when the surviving Rebel fleet attacks their ship, but next issue will reveal that they've survived. However, this issue does mark the end of the Omega Frost storyline, and Baron Tagge's latest efforts to one-up Darth Vader and curry favor over him in the Emperor's eyes.
Nothing terribly notable about it but it did make me laugh: Han assures Leia that seasoned smugglers say if you make halfway through the asteroid field en route to Junction, it gets easier after that. Then adds that smugglers are also fond of hedging.
A Work in Progress
Silas Tagge references the Empire's evil intentions, which stuck out simply because our modern understanding of the Empire would suggest that most of the people willingly involved in it wouldn't see themselves as evil, per se.
Silas notes that unlike his older brother, he has always been driven first and foremost by science, and merely wants to see Omega Frost used as the culmination of his scientific endeavor.
In a dubious use of physics, Luke is somehow able to use his lightsaber to generate reverse-thrust, slowing his approach to an asteroid.
It's been awhile, but Han once again references "warp" when talking about faster-than-light travel.
While it's correct that TIE fighters don't come equipped with a life support system, and thus its pilots wear their own, the suit Luke wears throughout this issue (after escaping last issue in a TIE fighter) is completely different from the traditional black TIE fighter pilot garb (if nothing else, because the traditional helmet would obscure Luke's face).
Goodwin turns in a nice bit of suspense storytelling in this issue, as Luke races against time (and increasingly-diminishing resources) to disable the Omega Frost before the Rebel fleet gets trapped. Luke's situation ("His ship is disabled! He'll use his jet pack! But now he can't stop! He'll use his lightsaber! But there's a force field! He'll cut beneath it! But his air is running out!"), the setting of an unpredictable asteroid field, the sheer arrogance of Silas Tagge, all combine to ramp up the tension as the fleet draws ever closer to the trigger point. Some of the physics on display are a bit dicey (particularly the way Luke uses his lightsaber to halt his momentum, but also the fact that Luke is able to traverse an asteroid field - even a small part of it - via jetpack and limited life support systems), but the end result is a well-crafted finale to this chapter of the ongoing Tagge family plotline.
Darth Vader enters the fray against the Tagge family.