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Dark Empire –  10 Years ANH

BNH=Before ‘a New Hope’     ANH=After ‘A New Hope’

Dark Empire #1 – The Destiny of a Jedi
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US, $3.55 CAN
Publish Date:December 17, 1991
Publisher:Dark Horse
Six years after Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance has established a New Republic over three-fourths of the galaxy. The surviving Imperial Forces are torn by civil war and harassed by rebel attacks. One of these raids ends in disaster: Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian are shot down over the former Imperial City. When news reaches Han Solo and Leia Organa, they rush to the rescue…(along with Wookie Chewbacca and droid C3PO, of course!) But there’s something else rushing toward the Imperial City…something that wants Luke.

 

Dark Empire #2 – Devastator of Worlds
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US, $3.55 CAN
Publish Date:February 18, 1992
Publisher:Dark Horse
Danger stalks the Rebels in the form of the massive World Devastators, dark side machines that destroy everything in their path. Their current target is the planet Calimari, which will be destroyed unless Lando Calrissian and the Rebel forces can reach it in time. Meanwhile, Luke meets the face behind the Force storm, a familiar face, while Leia feels Luke being torn away…

 

Dark Empire #3 – The Battle for Calamari
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US, $3.55 CAN
Publish Date:April 21, 1992
Publisher:Dark Horse
A war for the planet Calamari erupts over that planet’s surface, already threatened by the massive World Destroyers. While Lando and Wedge take on the Imperial stormtroopers, Leia is tormented by visions of Luke being sucked into the darkness. Meanwhile, it seems that Han has run into some “old friends”!

 

Dark Empire #4 – Confrontation on the Smuggler’s Moon
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US, $3.50 CAN
Publish Date:June 23, 1992
Publisher:Dark Horse
Betrayed by their friends and pursued by everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Han and Leia try to escape from Nar Shaddaa. Meanwhile, the Rebels in combat over the planet Calamari receive aid from an unexpected source, and Luke falls deeper into the grip of the Dark Side!

 

Dark Empire #5 – Emperor Reborn
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US, $3.50 CAN
Publish Date:August 18, 1992
Publisher:Dark Horse
Captured by the Emperor, Leia discovers that he holds hostage an even greater treasure: a mysterious and intelligent artifact called the Jedi Holocron. With both the Holocron and Luke Skywalker under his control, there’s no limit to what the Emperor can do! Written by Tom Veitch, with painted art by Cam Kennedy and painted cover by Dave Dorman. Don’t miss out on the hottest series this side of Tatooine!

 

Dark Empire #6 – The Fate of a Galaxy
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US, $3.50 CAN
Publish Date:October 20, 1992
Publisher:Dark Horse
Left behind on Byss, Luke travels with the newly-powerful Emperor Palpatine to capture his sister Leia. Meanwhile, the Jedi Holocron delivers a thousand-year-old prophecy to Leia, which tells of her battle against the young Emperor! And as the Battle of Calimari rages over the waters of that world and the Mon Calimari Rebels wonder when their savior Luke will shut down the killing machines, a battle begins above them that overshadows the outcome of their more conventional war… The key to their survival all comes down to the data carried inside one brave little robot.

 


This Story Collected In …

Dark Empire
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Trade Paperback
Details:184 pages – $16.95 US, $22.90 CAN
Publish Date:May 5, 1993
Publisher:Dark Horse
Six years after the Battle of Endor, the fight for freedom rages on. Darth Vader is dead, but a reborn Empire — under a mysterious new leader — strikes back at the struggling Rebel Alliance. Massive World Devastators, more powerful and unstoppable than the Death Star, ravage entire planets, while the ruthless heirs of Jabba the Hutt place a monumental price on the heads of Princess Leia and her husband, Han Solo. Along with Lando, Chewbacca, Artoo, Threepio, and other old allies, Han and Leia struggle to protect the future for their unborn child. But their greatest foe may be their closest friend: Luke Skywalker…

 

Dark Empire Limited Edition Hardcover
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Format:Hardcover
Details:$99.95 US
Publish Date:June 1, 2003
Publisher:Dark Horse
Six years after the Battle of Endor, the fight for freedom rages on. Darth Vader is dead, but a reborn Empire — under a mysterious new leader — strikes back at the struggling Rebel Alliance. Massive World Devastators, more powerful and unstoppable than the Death Star, ravage entire planets, while the ruthless heirs of Jabba the Hutt place a monumental price on the heads of Princess Leia and her husband, Han Solo. Along with Lando, Chewbacca, Artoo, Threepio, and other old allies, Han and Leia struggle to protect the future for their unborn child. But their greatest foe may be their closest friend: Luke Skywalker …

This limited edition, slipcased hardcover comes with a special tip-in plate, signed and numbered by writer Tom Veitch and artist Cam Kennedy.

 

Dark Empire
Cover Artist:Mark Zug
Format:Trade Paperback
Details:152 pages – $16.95 US, $24.95 CAN
Publish Date:August 27, 2003
Publisher:Dark Horse
The epic-length story that re-energized the Star Wars franchise is now available in a new edition, with a new cover by Magic the Gathering artist Mark Zug!

Join Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie as they battle the Empire’s latest super-weapons: the gigantic, planet-destroying World Devastators! Six years after the Battle of Endor, the Empire has been reborn, guided by a mysterious new leader. With a price on their heads, our heroes are on the run. Han and Leia struggle to protect their unborn child from the bounty hunters and Imperial troops that dog their steps. But their greatest danger may lie in the troubled heart of a hero–as Luke succumbs to the lure of the dark side!

 


Alternate Editions …

Dark Horse Classics : Dark Empire #1
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US
Publish Date:March 1, 1997
Publisher:Dark Horse
Six years after the Battle of Endor, the fight for freedom rages on. Darth Vader is dead, but a reborn Empire — under a mysterious new leader — strikes at the struggling Rebel Alliance. Massive World Devastators, more powerful and unstoppable than the Death Star, ravage entire planets, while the ruthless heirs of Jabba the Hutt place a monumental price on the heads of Princess Leia and her husband, Han Solo. Along with Lando, Chewbacca, Artoo, Threepio, and other old allies, Han and Leia struggle to protect the future for their unborn child. But their greatest foe may be their closest friend: Luke Skywalker … Dark Horse is proud to present, as the latest addition to its Classics line, Star Wars: Dark Empire.

 

Dark Horse Classics : Dark Empire #2
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US
Publish Date:April 1, 1997
Publisher:Dark Horse
After losing Luke to a bizarre energy storm, Han and Leia return to the Rebel Fleet, only to find that the New Republic is being attacked by Imperial forces. Giant World Devastators wreak havoc on the planets sympathetic to the New Rupublic. Quick to respond, Han, Chewie, and Lando rush to the Rebels’ aid. Meanwhile, Luke has been captured by the Imperials and taken before the resurrected Emperor Palpatine. Realizing it is the only way he can hope to fight the Emperor, Luke submits himself to the dark side of the force and becomes the Emperor’s disciple. Galaxies away, Leia senses Luke’s plight and vows to rescue him.

 

Dark Horse Classics : Dark Empire #3
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US
Publish Date:May 1, 1997
Publisher:Dark Horse
What was once a great threat to the Rebels may become their salvation, as they commandeer a stolen Star Destroyer against a fleet of giant Imperial World Devastators. And the planet Mon Calamari hangs in the balance! For the newly won Star Wars fan, or for those of you who missed it the first time around, Dark Horse proudly re-offers Star Wars: Dark Empire as part of the Dark Horse Classics line.

 

Dark Horse Classics : Dark Empire #4
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US
Publish Date:June 18, 1997
Publisher:Dark Horse
Luke Skywalker is the only man who can save the galaxy, and Han Solo and Princess Leia are the only ones who can rescue him. And Boba Fett is the only man standing in their way.

 

Dark Horse Classics : Dark Empire #5
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US
Publish Date:July 16, 1997
Publisher:Dark Horse
The dying Emperor Palpatine has found a host body into which he can transfer his consciousness — Princess Leia’s unborn child. Trapped in the Emperor’s palace, and with her brother Luke turning to the dark side of the Force, Leia faces her greatest battle alone.

 

Dark Horse Classics : Dark Empire #6
Writer:Tom Veitch
Artist:Cam Kennedy
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US
Publish Date:August 20, 1997
Publisher:Dark Horse
As the Alliance declares victory over the Imperial forces, Luke Skywalker submits to the power of the newly resurrected Emperor. It’s game, set, and match in the epic conclusion of Star Wars: Dark Empire!

 


Related Publications …

Star Wars Handbook, Volume 3 : Dark Empire
Writer:Peet Janes
Cover Artist:Dave Dorman
Format:Comic
Details:32 pages – $2.95 US, $4.50 CAN
Publish Date:April 5, 2000
Publisher:Dark Horse
The Star Wars Handbooks return with a special issue featuring the miniseries that started it all: Dark Empire. After hitting 100,000+ copies in print and becoming an anchor in every Star Wars literature enthusiast’s library, Dark Empire stands as one of the most influential Star Wars comics to date. The Dark Empire Handbook examines the characters and their driving forces in this epic struggle to save the galaxy from Emperor Palpatine’s domination. Illustrated by a cross-section of comics’ hottest stars!

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