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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars (Dark Horse)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826121
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Its actually the first I've ever read, I originally thought it was a normal book.
Terry J. Nyenhuis
I highly recommend this book to any hardcore Star Wars fan, though I would suggest other expanded universe material before reading this one for newer fans.
Phantom Knight
It has a few plot points that carry on to the books but not much other than that.
IMInfinity

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jediian7 on October 5, 2010
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First - the hardcover trilogy edition: 10/10

I love the size and the convenience of having Dark Empire I-III in one complete volume. The binding is great and the colors pop off of the page. This is the definitive edition.

Second, the content: 9/10

I consider myself an avid explorer of the Expanded Universe - but mostly I read the novels. I have read relatively few Star Wars comics, and for some reason I have avoided Dark Empire because I've heard hardcore fans complaining about the resurrection of the Emperor, and the whole state of the galactic civil war in Dark Empire.

I would liken this to Splinter of the Mind's Eye (an early SW novel) - does it fit in 100% with the rest of the EU? No. Is it a helluva lot of fun? YES. Read Dark Empire - it's a different flavor of Star Wars. But in a fun, classic way. Han Solo is perfect, and we get to see a new side of Luke that is thought provoking and sets up an epic story if nothing else.

Read Dark Empire, and buy this edition.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Travis on February 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First things first: I do not own the Trilogy HC sold here and cannot attest to any bonus content, its presentation, etc. I have, however, read the original stories collected here. The title, "Dark Empire Trilogy," is misleading as "Empire's End" was a two-issue coda to "Dark Empire II." Know that going into this, or you'll likely feel cheated when you realize how brief the supposed third act of this really is.

Readers should also place this in its proper historical context. "Dark Empire" was the first "Star Wars" comic published by Dark Horse; Marvel's last issue had been published years earlier. It came on the heels of Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire" and these two projects completely resurrected the entire franchise. I personally liked Tom Veitch's writing on that first mini-series; I felt he did a great job not just capturing the familiar characters as we knew them, but that he also gave a believable idea of what became of them since last we saw them. My chief complaint was that the return of Palpatine and Boba Fett were both unnecessary and contrived. Still, it seemed like someone was going to have to bring back Boba in the Expanded Universe and at least it was out of the way early.

"Dark Empire II" was, for my money, a complete let-down. I'd hoped to see Veitch take the story in a new direction, and instead it felt like much of that second series was either recycled from other "Star Wars" ideas or just wasn't compelling. I can't say I blame Veitch; by this point there was a marked editorial voice ensuring that all "Star Wars" EU stories spoke with the same voice. Dedicated readers may have felt rewarded when one book name-checked a character or situation from another, but I found it completely stifled any meaningful creativity.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Skoczylas on March 25, 2011
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This book contains the entire arc about the reborn palpatine. Fans of these comics will love this set, while newcomers will find a great treasure. be sure to pick it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark W. McDonough on November 17, 2011
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This really would have beem a great next set of movies after Return of the Jedi. Well this and/or the Tim Z trilogy. The best aspect of this set is the art in the first two sections. the watercolor artwork is really beautiful and epic looking at times. Like many of the reviewers, I had to drop a star for the third section, which is very short and wraps up the good story a little abruptly.

In all, this as a fun read, and is great in moments, but just dies in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean A Petersen on November 22, 2013
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I used to have all 3 separate graphic novels in this collection when I was a kid, but sadly, I lost two of them over the years. I was absolutely delighted when I discovered that Dark Horse decided to bundle them together in this affordable binging though! If you're a true Star Wars fan, don't hesitate to pick this up! Yes, the new films are on the way, but for a long time these brilliant graphic novels were all fans had to go off of! Check it out for yourself!
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Format: Hardcover
I remember when this comic came out in the 90s. It was at the time a new release. I was at a local comic store here in Honolulu. When I got the first issue. From then on, I followed the series. Six individual issues made up each part of the story. Which Dark Empire I was published till 1992. and 3 years later Dark Empire II till 1995. In 1993 Dark Horse released the 168 page trade paper back of Dark Empire I. In 1995 a trade paperback edition of Dark Empire II was released. I got both issues and decided to read the story again.
I don't want to get in to that too much. In 2010 Dark Horse releases a hard cover edition of Dark Empire. The complete trilogy in one book. Dark Empire I, Dark Empire II and A short story inside Dark Empire II- Empires End.
The cover art of the book is similar to that of the tbp edition of Dark Empire I. Its a nicely done cover. Dark Horse had the right idea using that as the art for the book's front cover. As an american comic, Its the best Ive ever read. The story is well written. The characters have that very realistic detail on them. Added a few extras. Towards the end of the book is a hand book that briefly talks about each character. This book takes place after the thrawn trilogy book series. I would recommend reading the Thrawn Trilogy first the reading this story. I was always a fan of the Original Trilogy. And its expanded universe. And the continuities After Return Of the Jedi. This book is a good addition to that series. In Dark Empire I. the Answer to how emperor palpatine or Darth Sidous sustains himself. He has to keep cloning himself. It also explains why he's alive even after in ROTJ Darth Vader threw the emperor in the reactor shaft of the death star.

Do i recommend it. Yes. A must have for any star wars fan.
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