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Star Wars: Agent of the Empire Volume 1 - Iron Eclipse Paperback – November 6, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Star Wars: Agent of the Empire (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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Jhann Cross, the Bond of the Star Wars universe is on a mission to discover where misappropriated money is ending up. Along the way he gets the beautiful heiress, stops a plot to take over the universe, and fails to bring his adversaries in - alive.
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Combining the best of two different worlds (peanut butter and jelly, kahlua and creme), Star Wars: Agent of the Empire gives fans all the awesomeness that is the Star Wars universe with its deep mythology and myriad of characters, but adds a secret spy twist to the proceedings to turn the title into a unique, fresh and creative hybrid experience that transcends genres. Dark Horse Comics and John Ostrander really outdid themselves with this latest offering to the expanded universe.

“Expanded Universe” is enough to alienate the most casual Star Wars fan. However, there is no reason to be overwhelmed. Star Wars: Agent of the Empire does not alienate or overwhelm, rather it capitalizes on the love of the franchise, especially the original trilogy, with guest appearances by Han and Chewie, Princess Leia, Bail Organa and Boba Fett, to name just a few.

Any conversation about Star Wars: Agent of the Empire should really begin with Bond, James Bond. Whoops, wrong franchise. It should be Cross, Jahan Cross, as in special envoy to the Imperial Senate and Emperor Palpatine. Cross does for the Empire what Bond does for her Majesty’s secret service and MI-6. However, the twist is Cross works for the bad guys, depending of course on the reader’s point of view.

Taking place, years prior to Episode IV: A New Hope, there are currently two Agent of the Empire tales on the market - the first, Iron Eclipse, in which Cross takes on a corrupt Imperial governor (where the Empire finds its not as easy to keep tabs on all the comings and goings of such an expansive regime) and the current, Hard Targets, in which Cross has to protect Count Dooku’s distant grandson (or something) from an assassination attempt.

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire really does offer the best of both universes as Cross lives the typical life of a top-secret spy, including adventure, romance and intrigue, while existing in the vast Star Wars universe.
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By mica on February 3, 2014
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deffnaty what would happn if jame,s bond were left in the star war,s universe style and tec as well as a man who in spite of working for the empire try,s like hell to keep the scale as balanced as he can between what is moraly right and wrong
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