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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593076274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593076276
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pruette on January 14, 2007
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The sixth graphic novel collection of the Star Wars Empire comic series collects issues 29-34 and is titled In the Shadows of their Fathers. Issue 31 was a standalone story and is presented first in this book; we then roll into the main event with the tale of the Rebels' attempt to sway the planet of Jabiim to their cause. Some readers may recall the planet of Jabiim from the Republic series dealing with the Clone Wars (the original Jabiim arc can be found in the graphic novel Clone Wars Volume Three: Last Stand on Jabiim).

The standalone story that kicks off this book tells the story of Darth Vader "negotiating" a business deal on the planet of Tiss'sharl. The reptilian inhabitants reminded me of the Ssi-ruuk, the race encountered in Kathy Tyers' Truce at Bakura. I believe this was a wholly separate planet and race (since the Ssi-ruuk were from beyond the known galaxy), but I confess, my Expanded Universe knowledge may have a gap here and perhaps we've seen these guys before. Anyway, we get a glimpse at the weight the Empire brings to bear on systems under its thumb and we see the potential hazards in daring to meet with a representative of the Rebellion.

The remainder of the book deals with Luke and Leia's visit to Jabiim. If you've read the Clone Wars Jabiim arc, you know that Anakin Skywalker left the inhabitants who had remained loyal to the Republic in a horrible position. The potential for a story where Luke visits the planet unaware of the sins of his father is strong, but I found this story to be rather predictable. The issues telling Anakin's story were a gripping, extremely well-drawn look at the horrors and chaos of war. I guessed going in that the locals would be pre-disposed against Luke but that he would win their trust in the end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daiho VINE VOICE on October 17, 2006
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You needn't have read Clone Wars Volume 3, recounting the First Battle of Jabiim, to enjoy this volume. You will be required, though, to be forgiving of the editors at Dark Horse for handing off the final chapter of this story to a less skilled back-up artist.

Brazilian artist Adriana Melo handles the fist four chapters in journeyman fashion. She seems most skilled at portraits, but also does a good job of framing, mixing up angles and panel sizes and shapes. Her facilities are especially evident when they all but disappear after Canadian artist Michel LaCombe shows up. The framing and angles become fixed and static, and the characters are deadly stiff, exhibiting no sense of motion, quite an irony for a penciler with a background in animation. (For examples of their contrasting styles, please see accompanying images.)

The switch in artists is unfortunately not the only disappointment, though it is by far the biggest. Writer Thomas Andrews keeps things tight and does a good job weaving together the various strands of the story, but the end feels rushed, a major claim is unsupported, and a significant point in the plot is left unresolved.

Fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe will recall the First Battle of Jabiim was fought during the Clones Wars (chronicled in Clone Wars Volume 3: Last Stand on Jabiim). This Second Battle of Jabiim takes place some 22 years later in the months following the emergence of a new hero in the Rebel Alliance, Tatooine farmboy and slayer of the Death Star, Luke Skywalker.

The young force adept still knows little about his real father, but he's about to learn a horrible truth.
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This story starts with anakin skywalker and continues with luke skywalker. Sometimes telling people your first name is a good thing. Great graphics and strong betrayals. Good read, just wish the flow was better of the EMPIRE series.
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By ALAN PLANT on February 9, 2013
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this and others of the series are in the Omnibus Star Wars collection for much less. I order several of this series only to find i already had them in the Omnibus book for less money , alot less money!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bubbles on July 24, 2008
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My Husband actually likes these books and he is 40. He is a big fan of Star Wars (not to the point of collecting SW items) and likes to read most of the spin offs. He said that these books are written pretty good.
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