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on April 20, 2017
Shadows of the Empire is great but the others weren't much to speak of in yerms of story and artwork
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on July 28, 2010
This particular Omnibus is almost perfect. The final entry, which purports to be a direct sequel to Shadows of the Empire, was severely disappointing in my opinion. However, the outstanding material that precedes it more than makes up for the weak art and story that concludes the volume. I would recommend it to anyone, although perhaps not at full price.
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on October 1, 2014
Long Live the True Star Wars Expanded Universe forever..... The shadow of the empire stories, and the story of Mara jade are one of the several beginnings of the True Star Wars Expanded Universe launched in the 1990's.
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on February 9, 2010
This has got to be one of the greatest non-movie Star Wars stories ever! I remember when these comics, games, and novels came out because it was a whole new chapter to the saga that had never been told before. A must read for any die-hard Star Wars fan. Dash Rendar has got to be one of the best Expanded Universe characters ever created! Buy now!!!
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on August 28, 2015
its not that i didnt like the comic it self, the product was just in very poor condition.
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on May 31, 2015
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on November 22, 2013
While I love Star Wars and all of Dark Horse's novels set in its expanded universe, this graphic novel in particular doesn't hold up as well as I had remembered it. While Shadows of the Empire was once thought of as being so good that it warranted its own movie, I think several of Dark Horse's other efforts are far more compelling and deserving of such distinction (i.e. Thrawn Trilogy, Dark Empire Trilogy, Crimson Empire Trilogy). Still though, if you haven't read this then you absolutely should! While it's not the most thrilling Star Wars graphic novel, it fits into the timeframe between two of the best movies in the franchise.
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I missed Shadows of the Empire when it first came out. It was a project in the mid-90s that used a novel, video game and comic to fill in the gaps between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and was a fair hit. This book reprints the original comic and then 2 mini series the followed it.

The lead story telling how Luke, Chewie, Lando and Leia tracked down Han Solo and Boba Fett is fairly weak. Mostly taken from the novel it feels rushed, new characters like Prince Xizor and Dash Rendar appear but are never properly introduced. In the final battle the villain dies off camera. The art is more stylized than most Star Wars books, it looks like one of the hundreds of Todd McFarlane clones that populated the mid 90s.

The second story by novelist Timothy Zahn and Carlos Ezquerra follows Mara Jade an Imperial assassin targeted for death after the Emperor's death. The focus on one character makes for a stronger story with twists and turns. Ezquerra's art is a delight as always.

The last story follows the human-looking android Guri as she tries to leave her life as an assassin behind. It's kind of a light story but the art by Ron Randall is pretty and there's a lot of cheesecake. Guri of course looks like a statuesque blond and her jumpsuit gets torn up quite a bit.

This is a fun book but not great, it's got a good price and you'll enjoy it but it's not worth hunting down.
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on July 19, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed experiencing superb artwork - some of the scenes were breathtaking, even on a 10" tablet - and carefully plotted and intersected storylines that form the fibres of the Star Wars tapestry. I have read many SW Omnibus editions and the overall visual experience on this compilation was especially enjoyable
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on August 12, 2013
Back in 1996 when it seemed like Star Wars would never return to the big screen, Lucasfilm launched the Shadows of the Empire series that included a novel, a comic book, a pretty good Nintendo 64 game, and even a soundtrack. This volume collects the original SotE story, plus the Mara Jade mini-series and the follow-up Shadows of the Empire: Evolution. All three stories are pretty good. This collected volume is a great deal.
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