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Dark Empire (Star Wars) Paperback – January 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics; 1st Printing edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569710732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569710739
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not in Dark Empire-the bestselling and most Star Warsy comic book of all!
Efth Athanasiadis
The sound is too loud and annoying, the actors don't ever really feel like they are into it (except Lando- he is fine).
Tom McDoogle
Considering it's a story from the Dark Horse Comic Book, I was very impressed.
T. E. Hubert

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
For everybody's information (this is from published interviews with Veitch), when George Lucas asked Tom Veitch to write Star Wars: Dark Empire, Veitch said he thought the Empire would try to keep the fear of Darth Vader alive by putting somebody else inside the costume. Lucas told Veitch, "You can't use Vader, but you can bring back the Emperor if you can figure out how to do it." Veitch proposed that the Emperor had been cloning himself for some time, and Lucas said "great!" ...People need to understand that during the Star Wars revival of the early 1990s Lucas personally ok'd everything, including the plots of the comics. Veitch invented the two-bladed lightsaber (TPM) and the Jedi Holocron, among other things, and these were approved by Mr. Lucas. Cheers.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on October 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
It is a time of peril for the New Republic. Six years after the Battle of Endor, the destruction of the Empire's second Death Star, and the defeat of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, the war for control of the galaxy still rages on.
Despite their victory over the infamous Grand Admiral Thrawn a year before, the former Rebels have been forced to evacuate Coruscant after a successful invasion by resurgent Imperial forces. But when the Empire's "leaders" begin to fight over the right to govern, civil war breaks out and gives Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian and Alliance troops an opening to carry out a daring raid on Coruscant itself. But the mission goes awry and Skywalker and Calrissian crash-land their captured Star Destroyer at the heart of the Imperial City.
But when Han Solo and his wife Leia, accompanied by Chewbacca and C-3PO, attempt to rescue Luke and Lando, they are taken aback by Luke's refusal to go with them back to the secret Alliance base known as Pinnacle. Instead, he allows himself to be whisked off by a dark side storm, leaving his twin sister and her husband to wonder if the burdens of being a Jedi Master are too heavy for Luke to bear alone.
When this new chapter of the Star Wars Expanded Universe was first published as a six-issue comic book series by Dark Horse, I had mixed feelings. The concept was daring...Luke falls to the dark side of the Force (or does he?), the Emperor, thought to be dead at the end of Return of the Jedi, is back, thanks to the power of cloning technology...heck, even Boba Fett is revealed to having not being found "digestible" by the Sarlacc. All very fascinating, but wasn't Tom Veitch pushing things a bit too far? So even though I read my friend Geno's six issues from cover to cover, I thought, "Na[...] not buying this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
this was the very first star wars comic i have ever read, and i look forward to getting the sequels. yeah sure, the pictures weren't the best i've seen and the color was different(still interesting), it gave a lot of information on what happened between "the last command" by zahn and "jedi search" by anderson. being one who absolutely loves star wars and reads every book (and comic) that looks interesting to me, when i read the books they would sometimes talk about luke's time on the dark side, and i would be totally lost. when i saw this comic book in a book store, i quickly flipped though it, liked it and then bought it. needless to say, i am no longer lost when reading star wars. besides the fact that most people doing these reviews didn't like it, I DID, i loved it, and so did some other people. just remember if you DO get and really don't like it, amazon.com lets you return a book if your not fully satisfied. thanks
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Farber on June 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Ok, this isn't a review of Dark Empire, but rather a counterpoint to the people who are blasting a very good peice of Star Wars expanded literature. Quite frankly, the Dark Empire trilogy is not the shipwreck that many people are making it out to be. Ok, the "Galaxy Gun" wasn't a very good name for a superweapon (cannon would have been better), but for the sake of Starwars fans everywhere, I'll just deal with the two biggest problems people seem to be having, the return of the Emperor and Luke's supposed switch to the Darkside. Considering you scrolled down this far, you already know the basic plot.
Yes, Vader's killing of Palpatine was a great ending to Lucas' saga. But the idea in Dark Empire is Palpatine and his empire were an evil so great that no one person could destroy them. It took Vader and his children, Luke and Leia, to finally put an end to Palpatine reign. Eventhough Han, in typical fashion, blows away the emperor's last (weak and genetically unstable) clone in Empire's End, it was stated that by Palpatine's doctor that he would die forever very soon unless he found a jedi to posses after his defeat and loss of aceptable clones in Dark Empire and Dark Empire II. So technically, it was Luke and Leia who "defeated" Palpatine. Luke also does the impossible by defeating the Emperor himself in physical combat (Which I felt was lacking even in the movie trilogy), something no jedi had ever done, and destroyed Palpatines best clones (with a little help from a revolting warrior or two). All these grafical novels do is expand the confict with Palpatine from Vader, down to the next generation, Luke and Leia, which is quite appropreate if one is familer with the Star Wars universe.
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