Star Wars: Dark Empire (Star Wars (Dark Horse)) Paperback – 1 May 1993
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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.
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!.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is great, awesome alternative follow-up to return of the Jedi!Published 18 months ago by João Vasco Costa
Timely delivery, received with thanks. Used to read this when I was younger.Published 19 months ago by David Wragg
This is a must for any star wars fan, off to buy the dark empire 2 now.
All in all 5/5
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.Published on 10 May 2013 by Matthew Smith
Not a bad short story. Good if you've read or reading the star wars novels - fills the gap between the Thrawn trilogy and Jedi academy. Art work could have been better.Published on 2 Jan. 2013 by Lee Doran
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. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2008 by Rikki V
Dark Empire is not Star Wars. The story line is poor as it has a cloned emperor and Luke going ove to the dark side. What rubbish! Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2008 by Lindum
I bought this book largely on the basis of other Amazon reviews, but it was quite a big disappointment. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2008 by Amazon Customer