Star Wars: Dark Empire #1
December 1991
"The Destiny of a Jedi", 24ppg, $2.95

Writer: Tom Veitch
Artist: Cam Kennedy
Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Barbara Kesel
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman

CHARACTER
Featured
Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa Solo, Luke Skywalker

Supporting
Wedge Antilles, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian

Other
Syub Snunb, Scavengers

Cameo
Palpatine (appears as a Force storm manifestation)

CREATURE
nek

DROID
war droid (used by scavengers in Imperial City), C-3PO (See Threepio), R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo)

LOCATION
Coruscant (unnamed), Imperial City

ORGANIZATION
Stormtroopers, Rebel Alliance (including some Ewoks)

STARSHIP
Liberator, Millennium Falcon, various starships (as wreckage, including Blockade Runner, TIE fighter, Y-wing, Star Destroyer, TIE Interceptor), Rebel Star (destroyed, Captained by Huoba Neva), Antares Six, I-7 Howlrunners

VEHICLE
All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT walker), All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST walker), TIE crawler, WR-85 Tank droid

COMMENTS
This is the first Star Wars comic published in four-and-a-half years since the final issue of the Ewoks series came to an end. Published approximately six months after the hardcover release of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire novel, this series helped usher in the new wave of Star Wars literature.

Includes a 4 page written behind-the-scenes book format section that fills in the gaps and brings people up to speed on the events happening in the galaxy since Return of the Jedi. As noted in issue #3, pages 2 and 3 of the text material were inadvertently reversed.

The Wizard Ace Edition #13 (from Wizard #67) reprints the story from this issue. There's also a 99 preview edition printed fully on newsprint that reprints most of this issue. A 2nd printing of this issue was released in August, 1992.
SYNOPSIS
Six years after the destruction of the second Death Star, the Rebel Alliance created the New Republic which was threatened by remaining Imperials. Soon after civil war erupted between the Imperial factions, during which time the Rebels sowed confusion using captured Star Destroyers. During a raid over Imperial City, Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian crashed the Star Destroyer Liberator into the planet's surface.

Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, Chewbacca, and C-3PO exit hyperspace, in the Millennium Falcon, into a large debris field in an effort to rescue the crew of the Liberator. One of the escort frigates that accompany the Falcon, the Rebel Star, crashes into the desiccated shell of a Star Destroyer, killing Captain Huoba Neva and all aboard.

The Falcon follows some Howlrunners into the atmosphere, towards Imperial City. There they discover mutinous Imperials battling against the Emperor's Inner Circle for possession of the planet. Luke and Lando, meanwhile, are pinned down by an Imperial Walker, which Leia proceeds to destroy as Han flies past.

Han sets the Falcon down and greets Lando and Wedge Antilles, but Luke, they tell him, took off after they crashed to check out a dark side emanation. Before the crew can reboard the Falcon, a pack of scavengers with hot-wired weapons droids and nek battle dogs begins dismantling Han's pride and joy. Leia uses the Force to sow confusion in their minds, but the neks are thrown violently across the battle field.

A shadowy figure resembling Darth Vader steps out of the shadows, destroying the weapons droids. It is Luke, dressed in a black outfit! He uses his lightsaber and the Force to make short work of another AT-AT advancing on the Rebels.

Luke asks his friends to leave Imperial City without him, having sensed a great emanation of dark side power heading towards him. He must accept his destiny. Captain Syub Snunb of the escort frigate Antares Six sees a force storm emerge from a hyperspace wormhole and head towards the planet. It rumbles across the surface of the planet, sucking up everything in its path. Leia begs Luke to come with them, but Luke orders her to leave and take care of her children; the future of the Jedi.

Artoo-Detoo rolls towards Luke as the others board the Falcon, and is sucked up along with the Jedi Master, into the force storm. As the Millennium Falcon departs, Leia admits that she was actually scared of Luke before they left. Han orders the escort to follow them back to Pinnacle base.


Related Issues
Dark Empire #2 Dark Empire #3 Dark Empire #4 Dark Empire #5 Dark Empire #6


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Dark Empire Trade Paperback Dark Empire Limited Edition Hardcover Dark Empire Trade Paperback (3rd Edition) Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy Dark Empire Trilogy
Dark Empire 1 Gold Cover Dark Empire 1 Platinum Cover Dark Horse Classics: Dark Empire 1 Dark Empire Wizard ACE Edition 13 Dark Empire Trade Paperback (UK Edition) Dark Empire 1 Gold Logo (Certificate of Authenticity) Dark Empire 1 Platinum Logo (Certificate of Authenticity)