the latest and final collection in the Star Wars: Empire
series [of graphic novels], The
Wrong Side of the War, how is Luke Skywalker
able to walk straight into the arms of the Empire without
being noticed? You would think that someone who has blown
up the Death Star might have a bounty on his head and would
certainly be well enough known that at least one Stormtrooper
would recognise him.
Even if they didn't, that doesn't explain how an old friend
of his from Tatooine (who is now in the employ of the Empire)
doesn't know that he is with the Rebellion. He chats with
Luke about old times and never once connects him with the
rebels. Surely he'd have heard that Skywalker is not in the
employment of the Empire.
in the Empire knows that Luke destroyed the Death Star? As
there were no surviving witnesses, apart from Darth Vader,
who would be left to tell the tale? Vader is hardly likely
to brag that he was beaten by a young farm boy, and even so,
he doesn't know who was in the Tie-Fighter that fired the
fatal shot. Unless the Empire has spies in the rebel base
(which is unlikely, since they can't find it) then how would
they know the identity of the rebel hero?
If you don't buy that explanation (and fair enough, the Death
Star might have transmitted visuals of Luke from recordings
of his rescue of Princess Leia before its destruction), perhaps
young Skywalker sent out "Jedi mind trick" vibes as he walked
into the Empire's clutches. Something along the lines of:
"I'm not a rebel you're looking for. Move along..."