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Star Wars: Dark Empire II (Star Wars (Penguin Audio)) Audio CD – Audiobook, August 1, 1997

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The second chapter in the biggest Star Wars graphic novel of all time! The Empire in retreat, Luke Skywalker is on a quest to rebuild the Jedi. But before he can revive that elite corps of protectors, he must first rebuild himself. Can he pull together the Jedi--and himself--before the New Republic loses the upper hand, or will the Empire take root once more? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars (Penguin Audio)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Highbridge Audio; Fully dramatized edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565112016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565112018
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,863,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
To put in bluntly, this sequel has mostly the exact same plot as it's predecessor.
The Emperor returns from the dead, again...he has a superweapon, again...and he is out to blow people up...again.
In that sense, this book is actually something like the prototype sequel. It takes everything readers liked about the original, and provides us with more of it without bringing in anything really new.
Of course the writers did bother to invent some new ships, characters, weapons and sofort, but nothing that really adds to the story. It is just more of the same stuff we got from Dark Empire I.
In addition to this, one of the major drawbacks to this comic is the fact that a lot of the new things the artists DO come up with are kind of ridiculous. I mean, which Evil Emperor would give his new superweapon a name like "the Galaxy Gun"? And how come the Emperor can magically turn any random underling into a powerfull Dark Jedi all of a sudden? If he could do that, why did he bother with Luke in the last book?
If you were one of the people who enjoyed Dark Empire I, and you insist on reading more of the exact same thing, then you might want to buy this book. If you didn't like the original, you're certainly not going to like this one either.
The only other people who might wish to bother with this comic are the vivid Boba Fett-fans. Like all other villians from DE I, he returns in this one AND he has a lot more screentime than he did in the last book.
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By A Customer on May 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Boy, as much as I love Star Wars, some authors sure come up with dumb ideas. I had just gotten over the Star Wars Christmas special and Han's party in ZORBA THE HUTT's REVENGE (oh, so hardened smugglers drink "zoochberry juice), when I found Dark Empire II. For starters, the title just shows how lazy Veitch and his editors are. Emperor Palpatine's death was the climax of Return of the Jedi and was the moment was marked the redemption of Anakin Skywalker and the fall of the Empire. So what does Veitch do? Resurrects our favorite despot...over and over and over. And I have to admit that the World Devestators were a decent concept (much more efficient than a Death Star). But the Galaxy Gun is just plain stupid. Especially since the Galaxy Gun ends up colliding with the aptly named Eclipse II, destroys Byss, and makes me wonder why I spent the money. Thanks alot Tom Veitch.
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Format: Paperback
I have to agree with some of the other reviews on this series. The whole Dark Empire thing absolutely stunk. Cam Kennedy's (bad) idea of setting up one overall color scheme for each frame made everything look exceedingly poor. Also, the man simply can't draw Star Wars characters for squat. As for Veitch's plot: what the heck? Oh....a new Emperor who simply appears and, in less than a year, constructs one super weapon and two, count em, two Eclipse class SSDs. When an original SSD would have taken YEARS to build during the height of the Empire? Yeah....sure. And the story: "oh the hopelessness!....". <---Wasn't that every page? Oh look, new super weapon, new emperor who can magically create Dark Jedi (yeah right), and while were at it, let's destroy the New Republic, Coruscant, Mon Calamari, and have Luke discover WAY to many really poorly developed (actually stupid) Jedi characters. I'm just getting into the Academy trilogy and, thank god, Anderson hasn't yet disappointed me by bringing in some of these moronic characters. Overall this series simply doesn't keep with Star Wars' feel and certainly doesn't fit well into the universe. Sorry Veitch and Kennedy but the plot blew and the art sucked. I'm glad someone else did Crimson Empire, which is, in comparison, quite a bit better. I guess we'll see about the Sith books. (Despite all that, kudos to Dave Dorman for the great cover art!)
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By lab tech on November 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
It is just a shame. I was one of those poor saps that actually liked Dark Empire. Therefore, I was rather looking forward to the sequel. It is soo bad. Want to know why?
Usually, SW authors have some basis for the names they come up with. But when Han says something about a flesh-eating vlrbrth, I think that is about what it said, I just go the picturer of an author hitting the keyboard and taking what he got. The Dark Side adepts made me think of the Keystone Kops, bumbling about and getting sliced up. Dare I say anything about Ood the Jedi. I almost laughed out loud. Dead Imperial flying ace brains in droids. Good Gravy. Although King Brand was the most idiotic character ever created. I just bowed my head in disbelief when he floated out to meet our heroes.
So, why two whole stars. Because the art was great. Especially the battles on Ossus and Byss. New Alderaan was also well done. The shot of the Galaxy Gun and it's effect on a planet whose name I will not give was stupendous. I also enjoyed the plot involving Han and Fett. Although, what is this junk about Fett being a former stormtrooper who murdered his CO. What about Jaster Mereel. Oh, well both ideas will probably be shot down by Ep. II anyway.
Best Line: "Let go of my jet pack, ya animal." "Ya." Fett always seemed pretty grammatical to me. Guess not.
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