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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Star Wars (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829504
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff F on July 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Star Wars: Agent of the Empire Volume 1 - Iron Eclipse is a somewhat fresh take on Star Wars written by comics vet John Ostrander. The protagonist is an Imperial secret agent, Jahan Cross, who is very much in the James Bond mold - although beginning to doubt the empire that he serves. It's an intriguing idea for a series, and definitely a fun read. There's enough development of the Jahan Cross character to elevate him above "the Star Wars universe's answer to 007". The plot, however, is a bit underwhelming. Iron Eclipse sees Cross going to the Corporate Sector (first introduced in a trilogy of Han Solo novels in the early 80s); other "countries" besides the Republic/Empire in Star Wars can prove interesting, but not much is done with the concept here. Much of Iron Eclipse seems to be about checking off each box on the list of "007 formula", but it does remain an entertaining and somewhat engaging read. The reveal of Iron Eclipse's true purpose is somewhat underdeveloped (I'd suggest Star Wars comics fans reread The Stark Hyperspace War storyline before reading this) Also, the inclusion of Han Solo and Chewbacca into the plot feels forced (like constant Buffy/Angel crossovers, Next Generation guest spots in the first season of DS9, etc.) It's a fun read, and hopefully things will get better in Volume 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Binkerd on February 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
John Ostrander writes some of the best Star Wars comics out there. There are a lot of other great ones--Miller's Knights Of The Old Republic comes immediately to mind, as do the various miniseries that Dark Horse runs from time to time that are usually pretty good. But for me, Ostrander is where its at. His work on Star Wars: Legacy was superb (seriously, go track it down, its worth a look!), he introduced some of the best characters back in the old Republic title, and now he's doing this. Agent for the Empire.

Obviously, this is James Bond in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Could be a bad idea, but Ostrander makes it work. Jahan Cross is an Imperial Agent in the days leading up to the destruction of the first Death Star. For Cross, its all about order and keeping the galaxy from falling into chaos. He believes Palpatine's Empire is the best means to that end, and so he will defend it to his dying breath. Does he see how cold and ruthless his master Armand Isard is? Probably not. What he does see are the various threats that tip the galaxy further towards chaos, threats he is sworn to oppose. In this opening volume Cross is dispatched to the Corporate Sector to investigate the unusual goings on surrounding the estate of a dead industrialist with a VERY colorful past....

We aren't used to rooting for the Empire to win. Even in the excellent Crimson Empire miniseries we were rooting for Kir Kanos, not the Empire at large. But John Ostrander manages to convince us that not every cog in the Imperial machine is as evil as Palpatine. There are Bond references everywhere of course, but this seems more like fun nods than it does derivative "ripping off" Bond. Also, there's a Muppet reference. I'll leave that for you to find.....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Anyone who knows me can vouch for just how big a fan of all things Star Wars I am. I've often said (and been berated for saying) that even a bad Star Wars story is a good Star Wars story to me, and that's because I think the storytelling universe is so vast that I'll accept something less-than-perfect so long as that means I get another adventure in the worlds inspired by George Lucas and the countless others who've contributed to that growing mythology. Of course, not all of these tales are up to my expectations for entertainment, but those of us who grew up in that long, long drought between RETURN OF THE JEDI and the Prequel Trilogy can tell you how sad and lonely our days were when no Star Wars installments were available ... and I'll happily take the bad with the good (or vice versa) any day.

(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary for discussion of the plot, circumstance, and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers reviews fully spoiler-free, then I encourage you to skip to the bottom to paragraphs for my final assessment. However, if you don't mind a few quick glances at `things to come,' then read on ... and may the Force be with you.)

Jahan Cross is an agent in special service to the Empire. He does the Emperor's bidding, even when that means going into parts where the former Republic has no hold. When Palpatine learns that a secret weapon named `Iron Eclipse' may spell certain doom for his government, he decides to send Cross in to investigate just what this `Eclipse' may be and to secure it for use or, if need be, destroy it so that it can't be turned against the Empire as a weapon.
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This graphics novel involves two familiar characters from the Star War universe - Hans Solo and Chewbacca - and their transportation, the Millenium Falcon. Realizing I am not an expert when it comes to the Star Wars canon, these were the few connections I saw to the original story line as presented by George Lucas.

However, without worrying about the canon, the comic is well done, the story is exciting, and held the interest of this reader. The story with Jahan Cross being given an assignment by from the Empire - and an cyborg assistant. Jahan Cross eventually discovers a devious plot intended to infect all cyborgs with a vicious digital virus that will have all cyborgs working for ... well, that is the story, isn't it.

Though the cyborg assistant is less than useful, with the help of Hans Solo, Chewbacca, the Millenium Falcon, and his new human assistant, Jahan Cross visits The Eclipse (an exterrestrial spa) on the planet Reltooine. There, Jahan Cross and his new assistant find the answers they were seeking - but not the ones they wanted to find.

Though not an expert, I found the story believable and fun. It would make a great Birthday or Christmas present for a Star Wars fan, young or old.
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