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The Dark Empire was a period in the history of the Mutter's Spiral galaxy where all civilizations but the most primitive were subjugated by an immortal alien tyrant known as Horath. It ended when Horath was overthrown circa 1000 B.C.E.. (SJA: Enemy of the Bane)

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Dark Empire

Tom Veitch


Cam Kennedy


Cam Kennedy


Todd Klein


Cam Kennedy

Cover artist(s)

Dave Dorman

Publication information

Dark Horse Comics


One issue every two months





General information

New Republic era


10 ABY

Dark Empire was a series of comic books written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Cam Kennedy. They were originally released by Dark Horse Comics between December 1991 and October 1992 as a 6-issue bi-monthly series, which were later compiled and sold as trade paperback. The name generally applies to both the original Dark Empire, as well as its two sequels Dark Empire II and Empire's End. All three comic series detailed the resurrection of Emperor Palpatine in clone bodies.


Publisher's summary

Luke Skywalker in his father's armor with World Devastators and Star Destroyers in the background.

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

Plot summary

"And now, my young apprentice... Your father is dead. Have you come to join me? Will you take the place that rightfully belongs to you–at my side."

During the Imperial Mutiny, the Rebel Alliance sought to weaken the factions as much as possible by surreptitiously entering systems and battles with captured Star Destroyers broadcasting falsified signals, and provoking attacks by one group against another.

On one of these raids to the Coruscant system, in the Star Destroyer Liberator (formerly the Adjudicator), an Imperial-class Star Destroyer captured at the Battle of Endor and, over a five-year period, repaired and beefed-up for covert missions; its sister ship, the Emancipator (originally the Accuser) would have better luck in its initial missions, destroying the Allegiance in the Battle of Mon Calamari, where it was then devoured by the World Devastator Silencer-7 - they emerged into the Coruscant system, where three Star Destroyers demanded novel and unusual codes for clearance. The codes the Alliance had stolen or bartered with slicers for did not work, and Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian were shot down over the former Imperial City. They should have perished, but in a curious parallel to the opening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Luke, like his father, managed to successfully land the gargantuan vessel without many casualties on the surface of Coruscant. For the next several days, Luke, Lando, and their forces hid and fought Imperial battalions.

Arrival at Coruscant.

When the news reached Han Solo and Leia Organa, they rushed to the rescue along with Wookiee Chewbacca and droid C-3PO. They arrived in the nick of time to rescue Lando and the crew of the Liberator. However, Luke informed them of a great disturbance in the Force. At that moment, a Force storm came out of a hyperspace wormhole. Luke told everyone to go but R2-D2 stayed with him. As the Falcon took off, Luke and R2-D2 were sucked in by the anomaly.

Later, at the Alliance base on the fifth moon of Da Soocha, code-named Pinnacle base, the Alliance leaders reported that the separate Imperial factions had disappeared into the unknown regions of the Galactic Core. Furthermore, the initial phase of Operation Shadow Hand had begun: fleets of World Devastators, brainchildren of Umak Leth, machines which destroyed everything in their path, plunging them into vast furnaces which produced weapons and items which could repair or build new World Devastators. The first target, selected for their long and steadfast support of the Rebellion, was the planet Mon Calamari.

The recently rescued Lando and his crew were dispatched aboard the Emancipator to fight a holding action while the main Rebel fleets assembled.

Luke Skywalker kneels before Palpatine.

At this time, Luke Skywalker had reached Byss, a Deep Core world enveloped in the power of the dark side. There he met face-to-face with the Emperor reborn; he revealed that for many years, he took to transferring his mind and consciousness to clone bodies to attain immortality. However, the clones were one crucial step from long life; they were more ravaged by the dark side than sustained by the Force. Luckily, Palpatine had numerous clones to laugh in the face of death itself, allowing him to rule indefinitely. The Emperor offered him apprenticeship and the prospect of controlling the enormous fleet of Devastators, as well as the rest of the Imperial fleet. Faced with an impossible situation, and deeply impressed by the power of the Emperor, his charismatic presence, his undoubted genius and deep knowledge of both sides of the Force, Luke acquiesced to becoming his apprentice. At this time, R2-D2 was modified to carry the Master Signal for the World Devastators.

"My father's fate is my own."
―Luke Skywalker

Meanwhile, Lando's attack force began their attack on the Imperial fleet. Though they were able to break through the Star Destroyer defenses, the Devastator Silencer-7 turned the Emancipator to scrap and launched squadrons of robotic TIEs. This forced the crew of the Republic Destroyer to abandon ship.

At Pinnacle base, Leia received a message from Luke, telling her not to follow him. Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo have gone to Nar Shaddaa, to find transport to the Deep Core. After landing the Falcon in Shug Ninx's garage, meeting Han's former girlfriend, Salla Zend, Han and Leia went to Han's old living quarters. Along the way, they encounter a woman named Vima-Da-Boda, who gave Leia a lightsaber. Upon arriving at Han's place, they discovered that Boba Fett was alive and that their friend, Mako Spince betrayed them. Pursued by the hunters, Han and Leia made it to the Starlight Intruder, the ship that brought them to the Deep Core. Meanwhile, the Rebels in combat over the planet Mon Calamari received aid from the Alliance reserves, including the new E-wings. Suddenly, three Devastators fell into the sea because Luke Skywalker shut them down from Byss.

Palpatine attempting to turn Leia.

After arriving on Byss and missing Fett by a long shot, Leia piloted the Falcon to the Emperor's citadel. After she, C-3PO, Han and Chewbacca got off, Salla and Shug took the Falcon to a safe place. The four were brought before the Emperor and Luke. Despite trying to fight back, Leia was rendered unconscious and was brought to Palpatine's quarters to be turned. There, she discovered that he held hostage an even greater treasure: a mysterious and intelligent artifact called the Jedi Holocron, which the Emperor had stolen during the Great Jedi Purge from Ashka Boda. With both the Holocron and Luke Skywalker under his control, the Emperor appeared to reign supreme in the Force. He revealed that he planned to overshadow Leia's third child stirring in her womb as his next new body. In anger, Leia toppled Palpatine from his bed and stole the Holocron. She found Luke, who claimed he was free of the dark side, despite his eyes continuing to shine yellow. Meanwhile, Shug and Salla gained control of a Hunter Killer patrol droid to blast Han and Chewie free. After being joined by Leia, Luke and the droids, the Falcon took off from Byss. However, Luke revealed that he had cast an illusionary projection of himself to make them believe he had boarded so they would escape.

Luke Skywalker attempts to subdue Palpatine.

The real Luke Skywalker then marched into the clone lab during Palpatine's last few moments before the transition. When he revealed his purpose, Palpatine allowed his current incarnation to die, hoping to reach one of the clones before Luke destroyed them all. Luke proceeded to go on a destructive spree through the lab, hoping to beat Palpatine to the clones. Unfortunately, he missed one.

The newly resurrected Palpatine scoffed at Luke's attempts to vanquish him. When Luke attempted to subdue Palpatine, the Sith Lord seized one of the lightsabers he kept stored in the lab and engaged Luke. Despite his valiant efforts, Luke was disarmed and held at blade-point. Palpatine proceeded to complete Skywalker's turn to the dark side, reducing him to an obedient watchdog.

Meanwhile, on Mon Calamari, the Devastators were still invincible. Luckily, Luke managed to install a code into R2-D2's memory banks to shut down the Devastators. Though the great war machines were down, the crew managed to power up the factories until control was restored, but R2-D2 created a new code to make the Devastators recycle each other.

Unfortunately, this was only a small part of the Emperor's plan. Great new fleets of the Empire were spreading across the Galactic Core and soon the entire galaxy would fall under the sway of the dark side.

Eclipse arrives at Pinnacle Base.

Luke traveled with the Emperor to capture his sister, aboard the recently completed and christened flagship, the Eclipse. Prior to the Eclipse's arrival, the Holocron Leia stole from the Emperor delivered a thousand-year-old prophecy to Leia, which told of her battle against the young Emperor:

"...A brother and sister born to walk the sky/But reckless brother falls-into dark side's eye!/Jedi sister carries hope for future in her womb/Only SHE can save the Skywalkers from certain doom!/A Jedi-killer wants to tame her/Now the Dark Side lord comes to claim her/She must battle join against this thief/Or the dynasty of ALL the Jedi will come to grief."
Bodo Baas
Skywalker vs. Palpatine.

As the Eclipse came out of hyperspace, the Emperor demanded to the Alliance for Leia to come to his ship alone, with the holocron; He even promised to discuss a truce. Despite Han's objections, Leia boarded the shuttle, which took her to the Emperor's Eclipse-class Super Star Destroyer. It was she who appealed to the good inside Luke, redeeming him. Outraged, the Emperor fought Luke in a lightsaber battle, ultimately losing his hand.

However, an enraged Palpatine unleashes a titanic Force-storm to utterly obliterate the Rebel Alliance fleet. Using knowledge taught to them, brother and sister turned the Force storm upon him. The result was the complete destruction of the Eclipse and Palpatine (supposedly, though his spirit escaped to fight another day). As Eclipse was destroyed, the twins flee on a shuttle. Once safely aboard an Alliance cruiser, Luke, his eyes once again blue, proclaims:

"The Jedi Knights will rise again."
―Luke Skywalker

Behind the scenes

Conception and release

Dark Empire was originally planned to be published by Marvel Comics (a single print ad for it was even released) but eventually found its way as a project at Dark Horse Comics when they acquired the Star Wars License.

The original idea for Dark Empire revolved around the Empire using an impostor in Darth Vader's armor (or a replica of it) to use as a continuing symbol of fear to help force far-flung worlds into obedience. This concept was personally shot down by Lucas himself. Instead, Lucas directed them to bring back the Emperor through cloning. It is unclear if Lucas suggested the concept himself or merely approved it when pitched (Veitch has made conflicting comments regarding this).

Additionally, Dark Empire was originally set shortly after the Battle of Endor (as that was the timeframe in which the previous Marvel Comics series had left off). During the writing of the Thrawn Trilogy, Timothy Zahn was asked to incorporate references and elements from Dark Empire into his books, since they were set chronologically later than the comic. Zahn refused, however, and so Dark Empire was relocated to being set after the events of Zahn's books. Some minor dialogue and art were altered to reflect this change (as it was too far along in production to implement any major corrections) and references to the Thrawn trilogy were inserted into the text of Dark Empire's opening crawl. It wouldn't be until Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy Trilogy that Dark Empire would first be referenced by a Star Wars novel.

Characters and events mentioned in the holocron used in Dark Empire would later form the basis of the original Tales of the Jedi series.


With the release of the prequels and the revelation that Anakin Skywalker was destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, Dark Empire has been criticized for contradicting the prophecy of the Chosen One. However, Tom Veitch could hardly have known what George Lucas had planned for the prequels, which were not made for another seven years. The Sith surviving after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi has been adopted by the rest of the Expanded Universe.

Even before the release of the prequel trilogy, some contributors to the Expanded Universe made known publicly their dissatisfaction with the decision to bring Palpatine back to life. In Vision of the Future, Timothy Zahn included a conversation that references the events of Dark Empire with Luke Skywalker mentioning "the resurrected Emperor" and Mara Jade retorting with, "Whatever. Personally, I'm not convinced it was actually him."

It wouldn't be until the introduction of Palpatine's desire for a means of immortality in Revenge of the Sith that some of those critical of the cloning of Palpatine in Dark Empire would reexamine their positions.

Lucas himself personally praised Dark Empire, giving copies out to employees as a Christmas gift. Comparison to the outlines of the prequel trilogy mentioned by Gary Kurtz reveals several thematic and plotpoint similarities which may have been a factor in Lucas's opinion as well.

Veitch has also been criticized for having many pivotal events occur within a single panel or entirely off-panel, which many fans found to be jarring.


  • Dark Empire 1: The Destiny of a Jedi
  • Dark Empire 2: Devastator of Worlds
  • Dark Empire 3: The Battle for Calamari
  • Dark Empire 4: Confrontation on the Smugglers' Moon
  • Dark Empire 5: Emperor Reborn
  • Dark Empire 6: The Fate of a Galaxy


See also

External links

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The Dark Empire was the galactic government established by Palpatine.




the Dark Empire began after a cloned version of Palpatine was made on Byss drew upon the galaxy's dark side force aura, But unlike the Old Empire's birth, Palpatine didn't announce the Dark Empire's appearance in the New Galactic Senate because the Empire was made up of Force sensitives corrupted by the dark side of the Force.

First defeat

Palpatine's plans for a great Dark Empire didn't go as smoothly as the rest of his Empire would have hoped, Another government named the Anti-Imperial Government was forming on the desert world of Tatooine, Palpatine ordered a full scale bombardment of the planet, it became known as the Battle of Tatooine, The Anti-Imperials attacked the capital ships that led the fleet then Rebel general Luke Skywalker who was formerly Palpatine's apprentice fired a shot that severely injured the Emperor,

The Empire strikes back and first victory

Seventy years after Tatooine, the Dark Empire planned revenge on their Rebel enemies but they couldn't find thier base so Palpatine dispatched recon droids across the galaxy until they discovered the base on the Tw'lek home-world of Ryloth and originally planned a bombardment of the planet, but Palpatine soon found out Kendal Ozzel made up his own battle plan. He planned to send out a entire invasion squad to knock out a shield generator that covered half of the planet in a energy shield, Palpatine then had him executed and took the latter's plan anyway. He send a Imperial cruiser to drop AT-ATs onto the surface and blasted the shield generator and captured Ryloth.

Taking Slaves

After their decisive victory at Ryloth, Palpatine led the Empire to victory once again and took control of Kashyyyk and started to take slaves and ruled over Kashyyyk for three years, the Anti Imperial Government heard about the slavery and sendt the Rebel fleet to Kashyyyk, It was not easy.

Second battle and second defeat

DUring the battle, Palpatine set up an army of Dark Jedi and proton cannons to make sure not a single Rebel transport could reach the ground, however, Palpatine left before the battle started and hid on Naboo and ordered his army around via hologram, As the Rebels invaded the planet, They overran droid defenses and magnificently captured the capital city of Rwookrrorro.

Final defeat

Forty five years later, the Anti-Imperial fleet led an attack on the Sith capital of Korriban , Admiral Ackbar ordered a strike team down to kill thje Empeoror, The strike time found it hard, they had to capture a gangster disguised as a stormtrooper, But the fleet bombed the planet accidentally and killed the Emperor, After the bombardment, the Anti Imperial Government rebuilt the planet and liberated it.

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