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Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

[Dark Empire]

Graphic Novel
Published as Dark Empire I.
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[things from another world]


This story is included in:

[Dark Empire Trilogy]

Dark Empire Trilogy


[Luke Skywalker: Last Hope for the Galaxy]

Luke Skywalker: Last Hope for the Galaxy


[Epic Collection: The New Republic: Volume 5]

The New Republic: Volume 5

[Dark Empire - audio dramatisation]

Audio Dramatisation
Published 1995

Comic Book series
Published December 1991, February, April, June, August & October 1992 as Dark Empire #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 by Dark Horse Comics:

[Dark Empire - issue 1][Dark Empire - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[Dark Empire - issue 3][Dark Empire - issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4

[Dark Empire - issue 5][Dark Empire - issue 6]

Issue #5Issue #6

Limited Edition Hardback
Published 1993:

[Dark Empire]

e-Comic Book Series
Issues #1 thru #6 published 2011
by Dark Horse Digital.

Dark Empire
Tom Veitch, Cam Kennedy et al.
Dark Horse Comics
Published as:
Comic Book Series (1991-1992)
Graphic Novel (1993, 1995, 2003)
Hardback Graphic Novel (1993 (Limited Edition), 2010)
Audio Dramatisation (1995, 2007)
e-Comic Book series (2011)
Epic Collection Graphic Novel (2021)

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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 Wookiee Chewbacca and droid C3PO, of course! But there's something else rushing toward the Imperial City, something that wants Luke.
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.
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"!
Betrayed by their friends and pursued by everyone's favourite 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!
Captured by the Emperor, Leia discovers that he holds hostage an even greater treasure: a mysterious and intelligent artefact called the Jedi Holocron. With both the Holocron and Luke Skywalker under his control, there's no limit to what the Emperor can do!
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 saviour 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 occurs approximately 10 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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