Tom Veitch's original comic strip story traces Luke Skywalker's entrance into the Dark Side in the years after the fall of Darth Vader. The Empire is fragmented, and the Rebels seem on the verge of winning their long struggle when the sinister power of World Devastators emerges from the galactic core. These Devastators chew up worlds and manufacture robotic war machines out of the resources they consume. Luke's dark journey seems the only way to halt the massacre. But despite the importance of Luke in Dark Empire
, the portrayal of Leia as an emerging Jedi is really the centerpiece of this volume. Married to Han (who goes flat in Veitch's hands) and with two children, Leia is torn between her role as mother and her role as Jedi warrior. While the story sometimes jumps too quickly between major scenes, Veitch does a good job of capturing the epic feel of George Lucas's masterpiece trilogy. Cam Kennedy's artwork is mixed in quality. Some of his drawings of the Millennium Falcon, hunter-killer probes, and robotic TIE-fighters seem to leap directly from the movie screen, while his human figures (especially of Han and Luke) can appear generic. Also, his style of coloring, using washes of similar colors on each page, is good for capturing moods but tends to obscure details. Despite these occasional shortcoming, this comic is recommended for one simple reason: once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it down. The other two parts of the Dark Empire
trilogy include: Dark Empire II
and Empire's End
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About the Author
Tom Veitch is an American writer, best known for his contributions to the Dark Horse line of Star Wars comicbook titles, notably Dark Empire and Tales of the Jedi. For DC Comics Veitch wrote Animal Man, along with two Elseworlds series featuring Kamandi and an elder Superman. Tom Veitch was a major contributor to the underground comix movement of the late sixties and early seventies. His collaborations with Underground Comix artist Greg Irons in the early 1970s (the creative team known as "GI/TV") included such titles as "Legion of Charlies" and contributions to many other underground comix including "Skull Comix" and "Slow Death Funnies". Creator-owned comics by Veitch include: The Light and Darkness War with artist Cam Kennedy (from Marvel Comics). Other creator-owned comics series written by Veitch are The Nazz with artist Bryan Talbot; Clash with artist Adam Kubert; and My Name Is Chaos with artist John Ridgway (all published by DC).
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