- 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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Star Wars: Agent of the Empire Volume 1 - Iron Eclipse Paperback – November 6, 2012
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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.....
“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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite as good as I had hoped for, but certainly worth the read.
Good artwork takes the major part of the story, but it is quite easy to read and a fast completion.
It has been a while since I ventured back into Stars Wars and I selected this graphic novel to restart. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mark
This one is below average. Might want to pass on it unless you are hard core Star Wars fan and you collect all related Star Wars books.Published 20 months ago by Sassafrass Pedullah
This story takes place about 3 years before "A New Hope", and I found it to be a worthy and enjoyable addition to the Star Wars universe. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Miles Rodi
Rather decent miniseries, set in the years before A New Hope. An Imperial operative uncovers a scheme to unseat the Empire in favour of something worse. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by William Kendall
The heading says it all. Star Wars Legacy was one of my favorite books of all time and John Ostrander writing Star Wars never seems to disappoint.Published on June 26, 2013 by shawn sisson
Nothing spectacular, just a good spy story set in the Star Wars universe with a good cameo. It was a fun read.Published on May 28, 2013 by IT Outsider