For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire.
In Star Wars: Dark Times readers are plunged into the darkness of a galaxy still reeling from the one-two punch of the devastating effects of the Clone Wars and the collapse of the Republic, a galactic government that had stood for many millennia. With Emperor Palpatine's stormtroopers spread thin across the galaxy and the Jedi who led them all but destroyed, many parts of the Empire are as wild and lawless as any backwater world in the Outer Rim. It is a galaxy ripe for plunder by the unscrupulous. It is a heyday for thieves, smugglers, and slavers...and worse.
The first 5 issues introduced readers to Jedi Dass Jenir, Bomo Greenbark and the events following Order 66 as they attempt to locate Bomo's wife and daughter while avoiding the Empire and it's main enforcer, Darth Vader!
Issues #6-10 presented the second arc 'Parallels.' After Order 66 forces Jedi Master K'Kruhk to take desperate measures in defense of some Padawan younglings, he believes he has found for them a peaceful oasis in an oppressed galaxy. But little does K'Kruhk know, a far away drama involving Bomo Greenbark and the smuggling crew of the Uhumele will alter his future forever.
The next two issues (#11-12) tied in with a massive cross-over storyline that permeated Star Wars titles in 2008, 'Vector!' These issues featured Vader finding the lost Muur Talisman and Celeste Morne (continuing the storyline from Knights of the Old Republic) in the possession of the crew of the Uhumele.
The third arc, 'Blue Harvest' ran issues #13-17, plus a special 'zero' issue that collected the prologue for 'Blue Harvest' from the online MySpace Dark Horse Presents issues and parallels the events of the novel 'Red Harvest' by Dashiell Hammett, which is more famously known in it's film form as Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa.
The next story arc actually restarts the numbering for this title. Like many other Dark Horse comics of the era, Dark Times–Out of the Wilderness is it's own mini-series though notes in the inside front cover note it as being the 18th issue (and so on) in the Dark Times saga.
Another interesting note: Dark Times continues the numbering from Star Wars: Republic, which actually continues the numbering from Dark Horse's Star Wars title. The February 2012 issue of "Out of the Wilderness" is listed in the indicia as Star Wars Republic #104.
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The initial Purge comic, was created as a 2006 one-shot – which chronicled Darth Vader hunting down the remains of the Jedi. That title went over so well that Dark Horse has followed it up with a sequel, as well as a third part part, Tyrant's Fist.
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