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[The Rebellion]
Events that occur from 2 years before to 5 years after the Battle of Yavin.

[ Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand ]

Graphic Novel
Published as Mara Jade:
By the Emperor's Hand
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[things from another world]


This story is included in:

[Omnibus - Shadows of the Empire]

Shadows of the Empire


[Epic Collection: The New Republic: Volume 1]

The New Republic: Volume 1

Comic Book series
Published August 1998 thru February 1999 as Mara Jade #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 by Dark Horse Comics:

[issue 1][issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[issue 3][issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4

[issue 5][issue 6]

Issue #5Issue #6

e-Comic Book
Published 2012 by Dark Horse Digital.

By the Emperor's Hand
Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole et al.
Dark Horse Comics
Story published as:
Comic Book Series (1998-1999)
Graphic Novel (1999)
e-Comic Book (2012)
Omnibus Graphic Novel (2010)
Epic Collection Graphic Novel (2015)
Alternative language(s):[Also published in French language][Also published in German language]

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After she fails to eliminate the young Jedi Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade is dispatched to take down a crime lord who seeks to re-establish the criminal organization Black Sun. Little does she know that the Emperor's imminent date with death will change her life forever!
Under cover of an Imperial raid, Mara Jade infiltrates the headquarters of would-be Black Nebula overlord Dequc, and assassinates the criminal leader. But back on Imperial Center, she finds evidence that the person she shot was a stand-in, and that the real Dequc is still out there, and gunning for her!
In the wake of the Emperor's death at the hands of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Mara Jade has been captured! Since her captor is one of only a handful who knows she is the Emperor's Hand, Mara knows she must escape quickly, or die.
After the death of Emperor Palpatine, Mara Jade escapes from Imperial Center and throws herself headlong into the underground of the Empire's underworld. Though her master is dead, Jade must complete her final mission, even if it costs her life!
Fed up with being hunted by her enemies, Mara Jade decides it's time to become the hunter. First on her payback list: the evil Dequc, Black Nebula crime lord, the man who survived her final assignment for the Emperor! Now, Mara must infiltrate his hidden base, take him down and escape! Could she finally be in over her head?
Mara Jade has destroyed many enemies of the Empire in her time, and has always carried out her missions with forethought and skill. But an unforeseen variable is about to enter the scene of her final mission for her dead employer, and Mara knows that her own survival is second to getting the job done!

This story occurs approximately 4 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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