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Star Wars: Dark Empire Trilogy HC (Star Wars (Dark Horse)) Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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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.
I am writing the review as I read the book. My impressions as I finish each book of the trilogy:
I started reading the "Dark Empire Trilogy" because I wanted to see Luke descend into the Dark Side. It's referenced in so many future books and the idea was intriguing.
I was not too impressed with "Dark Empire." The characters were not themselves. Han, especially. He didn't seem to give one iota about Luke. If Luke wants to stay in danger, let him be, he can take care of himself. The only reason he helps Luke is because Leia wants to. He and Luke are supposed to be like brothers, they'd give their lives for each other. Not here.
Leia -- she looks like a guy through half the story, until they took off her hat and gave her long hair. Still, her body was boxy, not feminine. She is too much of a Jedi. At this point and beyond in other books, she is usually portrayed as having Force abilities but not wanting to deal with her Jedi heritage. Luke always has trouble getting her to practice. I'm not sure if the other books were written before or after this book, but I like the other Leia version better.
Luke is okay. I don't like how he's drawn. He looks better on the cover art. His descent into the Dark Side is too quick, and he's not really all that dark.
There are battle or fight scenes on almost every page. There's hardly any time to develop the characters or push the story along. It's all about action.
Here's holding out for "Dark Empire II" . . . .
***DARK EMPIRE II***
Okay, so "Dark Empire II" did progress at a better pace, but I really had to push myself through this.
There is just something wrong with all of a sudden finding Force users everywhere. It's bad enough that Palpatine is resurrected and Boba Fett comes back from the dead. (I don't care what the story says. If we thought they died, they died.) Now, we have a whole bunch of Jedi, and all those not-yet-Jedi sure learn quick. And the Dark Side has Force users, also. Why, the Emperor can even impart his powers on ordinary people and create his own Dark Knights!
Each side has its own latest and greatest surprise weapon. When they bring it out, the other side counters with its own latest and greatest undefeatable weapon. They keep one-upping each other until it gets ridiculous.
And there's romance. Don't blink. It happens fast.
I hope this trilogy has a better ending . . . .
This was the best of the trilogy. The artwork was certainly better. Leia finally looked like a woman. The kids were cute. The characters' faces were more distinguishable.
The story was shorter and there were battles, but it wasn't one big climactic battle after another with newer and better machines constantly being introduced. They took care of that in the other two books.
I still have trouble with all the Force users all of a sudden (since now they know they have the Force) being able to use it like they were Jedi all along. Luke had intense training, and the Jedi before him studied for years.
***DARK EMPIRE HANDBOOK***
Included at the end of the book is a detailed review of each of the main characters, the weapons, ships and important locations in the trilogy. If you find yourself getting lost in the story, this is a good place to turn.
I actually did not enjoy this graphic novel, but I think it is important in the Expanded Universe. It is referenced so many times in future books. Read this story if you are interested in how Luke went to the Dark Side, how he met Kam Solusar, or if you want to see Palpatine's resurrection and destruction. If it did not have so many important elements, I would actually give it two stars.
Updated 12/20/2013: I have since actually read the comic books. I absolutely LOVE this book. And while it does seem to dismiss the whole Chosen One, this was released before Episode 1, so it can be forgiven. I was annoyed however that the Wookipedia article for this adds how Luke crashed the Star Destroyer they stole ROTS style onto Coruscant before being captured by a vortex. This never happens in the comicbook. At least the crash landing of a Star Destroyer.
I only bought a few in the series. My little girl however was interested in Star Wars, I made the mistake of sharing my few copies of what I had, and she wanted the complete set to see how it turned out .... she likes it, although I have to explain the big gaps in the plot to her ...
The book form is the way to go.