AUTHOR'S NOTE: The following fiction is NOT Raptor Squad canon. If we were describing it in Star Wars terms it would fall under an "Infinities" setting, as in something that never happened, a "what if" story. In the following stories it is important to know a few things: First, Raptor Squad had fallen into Imperial hands and were implanted with a symbiote that allowed their captors to control them through suggestion and drug dependency.
By doing this, the Empire was able to create "Blacklyst" - Raptor Squad posing as an independent underworld faction that was for hire to the highest bidder. This allowed the Empire to get close to targets they normally wouldn;t be able to get close to and infiltrate or eliminate the target if need be.
There were several Blacklyst teams made up of actual Raptor Squad intermingled with dopplegangers- Imperial spies cosmetically changed to resemble members of Raptor Squad and prevent the real Raptor Squad from ever consolidating and forming a cohesive unit and overcoming their captors.
Due to the combinations of the symbiote, drugs and mind control methods Raptor Squad was turned into something dark and distorted that terrorized the galaxy for over ten years.
So, please enjoy the ficiton and keep in mind that again, none of this actually falls within RS canon- it is simply speculative fiction. Enjoy!



Title: Nightmares
Writer: Bob Rodgers
Artist:Tracy & Bob Rodgers
First Published: July 2005


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Synopsis:

The man once known as Xander Paddox has become Maverick-Blacklyst operative, ruthless killer and Imperial puppet. But when the real Xander begins to emerge, and his mind fights against the drugs and symbiote attached at the base of his skull, the pull the Empire has over him becomes weak, it becomes a problem- a problem that needs to be dealt with. This story shows how Blacklyst operated and what the dire consequences were for those that tried to pull away.


Title: Sideshow
Writer: Bob Rodgers
Artist:Tracy & Bob Rodgers
First Published: July 2005


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Synopsis:

Vic Palisades thought he had it made- he'd escaped the horrors of Blacklyst with his life, and more importantly, his soulmate, Khara Doone. Held up on a vacation planet far away from the wars of the Empire and the New Republic, he thought everything was finally going his way, and they could begin planning the rescue of their comrades and the reformation of Raptor Squad- until a startling revelation turns his world upside down.