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Star Wars: Dark Empire (Star Wars (Dark Horse)) Paperback – 1 May 1993


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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics; Gph edition (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569710732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569710739
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 16.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,152,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SIX YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE BATTLE OF ENDOR AND THE DEATH OF THE EMPEROR PALPATINE, YET THE WAR FOR CONTROL OF THE GALAXY IS STILL BEING FOUGHT BETWEEN THE REMNANTS OF THE EMPIRE AND THE NEW REPUBLIC. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This is the first part of the Dark Empire trilogy, which also include Dark Empire 2 and the smaller Empire's End. The story is just great and it gives insight to what happened after Thrawn had died in Zahn's books. Cam Kennedy's drawings are wild, and they're even better in Dark Empire 2. The only problem I have with it is that it's too short. But overall it's a really great classic!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sep 1999
Format: Paperback
I read so many of the books in the star wars universe and kept hearing mentions of the Emperors return and Lukes turning to the dark side. This has it all! All the answers and a return to the magic of the original star wars film Possibly the best star wars literature I have read since Timothy Zahns Empire Trilogy!
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By Rikki V on 16 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
This for me was what got me into comic books. I first collected the Dark Empire series when it was originally released back in 1991-1992. It blew me away than and it continues to do so today.

To me this (and it's successors Dark Empire II and Empire's End) should have been the next true chapters in the Star Wars universe. From the Emperor's rebirth, Luke's decent into the dark side, Bob Fett's reappearance and Leia's emergence as a Jedi this book has it all (sorry if I've spoilt it for you). I love it and could read it over and over again.

Plus as the added bonus it's illustrated by Cam Kennedy. Now I never pay attention of who pens or pencils comics, but Cam's work is so beautiful and unique that it gives the story a dark and gritty feel. If you love Star Wars I fail to see how you couldn't love this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "elvismiggell" on 16 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
This is indeed the graphic novel, and story itself, which revitalised Star Wars, and introduced the books to a new generation. Well written, though at times a little predictable, it brings all our familiar heroes back together, to fight a 'new' enemy. Luke learns more about the dark side, and Leia also grows stronger in the force. The art work is terrific, including the new cover work. A must have for any Star Wars book and comic afficionado.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "miss_jade" on 16 July 2002
Format: Paperback
Wow! This comic really blew me away!!! Im actually not much of an American comic fan (prefer Japanese comics) however I am a big Star Wars Fan. Although Luke Skywalker looks a little muscley at times and Princess Leia a little too manly the storyline is great, the dialogue fairly clever and the imagery beautiful! Every good comic/Star Wars fan should have a copy of this in their collection.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
THE STORY:
Six years after 'Return of the Jedi', under a mysterious new leader, the Empire has regrouped and forced the New Republic back to the scattered ways of the Rebellion. Whilst the war intensifies, Luke travels deep into Imperial territory, to Byss, where he discovers a horrifying truth; for the Emperor lives.
WHAT'S GOOD:
The art in this book is astonishingly detailed and atmoshpheric. The use of colour takes a while to grow on you, but once it does you'll see how perfectly it reflects the tone of the story. 'Dark Empire' is one of the foundation stones upon which the Star Wars fiction franchise is built and, as such, should not be missed by any fan. Luke's fall to the dark side is excellently handled, showing that even Jedi Masters are capable of overestimating themselves. Seeing Leia as a Jedi Knight is also an interesting element, particularly when the Emperor tries to subvert her. Speaking of the Emperor, Tom Veitch's scripting and Cam Kennedy's art combine perfectly to capture the evil aura, the malignance, of the man we were all terrified of in 'Return of the Jedi' as kids. There's countless great elements to this book, but my two favourites are the return of Boba Fett and a Star Destroyer twice the size of even Vader's Super Star Destroyer!.
WHAT'S BAD:
The only thing I didn't like about this book is the way in which Luke and Leia treat Han like a simpleton, just because he has no Force-powers, which I think is a grave injustice to one of my (and many other people's) favourite characters.
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By ashley james mcmillan on 22 Dec 2013
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This is a must for any star wars fan, off to buy the dark empire 2 now.

All in all 5/5
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By Matthew Smith on 10 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
From the reviews I had read for this I was expecting it to be great. It is ok but not as good as I thought it would be. Still pretty good though. Might get the sequel.
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