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Not to be confused with the The Dark Time; a period in the history of Gallifrey.

The Dark Times was one of the earliest aeons in the history of the Universe.

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Overview

The Doctor described this as a time of chaos "before our reality" when the Nestenes and Great Vampires flourished (DW: The Infinite Quest), as well as the Carrionites (DW: The Shakespeare Code) and the Racnoss, the last-named species having its defeat at the hands of the Fledgling Empires. (DW: The Runaway Bride) The Carrionites raged a war with the Hervoken. (NSA: Forever Autumn) It was during this time period, too, that the legendary spaceship Infinite was created. (DW: The Infinite Quest)

Chronological placement

When the Dark Times actually occurred is not known. The Doctor implied that the Dark Times ended with the destruction of the Racnoss, which occurred 4.5 billion years ago. (DW: The Runaway Bride) On the other hand, the war between the Hervoken and the Carrionites was said to occur a mere million years ago. (NSA: Forever Autumn)

External Links

  • The Whoniverse - History of the Whoniverse: Event One onwards
A history from Pre-Universe to the creation of the Earth
  • RASSILON, OMEGA and that OTHER Guy - The Dark Time: Event Zero and Ancient Gallifrey
A history from Pre-Universe to the creation of the prototype Hand of Omega
(uses eight colour-codes by type of source, some of very dubious canonicity)

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Starwars

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Dark Times
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"For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire."
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars: Dark Times is an ongoing comic series that is being published by Dark Horse Comics. The first issue was scheduled for release in October 2006. Similar to Star Wars: Rebellion, it is a continuation of an older series, Star Wars: Republic, and will continue the numbering of Republic on the inside. It also has the same miniseries style of Rebellion, and run in alternating arcs with it.

The story begins shortly after Star Wars: Purge, and intertwines with the events of Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. In July 2008, the line was paused for eight months to give precedence to the Clone Wars monthly comic, and was resumed in April 2009.

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Conception

Dass Jennir and Bomo Greenbark, as they were last seen in Issue 80 of Republic.
"We told you we still had a few cards up our sleeves. Well, here's another."
Randy Stradley

In 2006, Dark Horse relaunched its entire Star Wars line, wrapping up its popular Republic, Empire, and Tales series, and replacing them with Knights of the Old Republic, Rebellion, and Legacy. It seemed as if those would be the only three series of the new line, until July, when Randy Stradley announced a new series at the Dark Horse message boards.[6] Dark Times was scheduled to alternate five-issue arcs with Rebellion, with its first story arc premiering in the fall after Rebellion wrapped up its own first arc, My Brother, My Enemy.

Republic had been one of the most popular and well-received pieces of Star Wars publishing throughout its 83-issue run, and would continue in the pages of Dark Times, just as Empire was doing in the pages of Rebellion. Dark Times is officially a continuation of Republic, with the numbering of the former series continuing inside the comic's pages. For example, the inside cover of Dark Times #1 also displays the numbering Republic #84. The first arc of Dark Times also continued the story of Dass Jennir and Bomo Greenbark, who were last seen in the pages of Republic.[7]

The official solicitation for the series read as follows:

"The dark times are here. Even as the worlds of the former Republic are drawn into the iron grip of Palpatine's Empire, the galaxy seems adrift in a sea of chaos, lawlessness, and despair. On Coruscant, Darth Vader waits for his Master to reveal his vision for the future. But is there a plan beyond obtaining power? On New Plympto, Jedi Master Dass Jennir leads a Nosaurian army in a war they have already lost. Is this what in now means to be a Jedi? Dark Times #1 is the gateway to a new era in Star Wars history, an era where the future is grim, evil is on the rise, and all paths seem to lead nowhere?"
―Diamond Previews

Production

"This book, in my opinion is going to be so much fun, it might kill me!"
―Doug Wheatley
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The Path to Nowhere

"Probably the darkest, bleakest story we've ever done."
Randy Stradley

The first story arc, The Path To Nowhere, was set to debut in October of 2006, but a delay caused the first issue to be released on the 8th of November.[8] The first issue, however, was actually released prior to the final issue of the first Rebellion Arc, due to a four-month delay that saw Issue 5 of My Brother, My Enemy (originally scheduled for an August release[9]) come out in December.[10] This was only the first of many delays to completely throw the Dark Times/Rebellion publishing schedule off-kilter, however. Issue 2 of The Path to Nowhere was released in January of 2007, with the next three issues being released in May, July, and October, respectively.[11][12][13][14] The fifth issue of the arc was released a full eleven months after the first.

An example of Wheatley's pencils.[15]
Many fans speculated that the heavy delays were a result of the time it took for penciller Doug Wheatley to prepare his photorealistic and much-admired[16][17][18] artwork. Following the release of Issue 3, Wheatley appeared at the Jedi Council Forums, asserting that he begrudged no one for their comments, and accepted full responsibility for the delay. He claimed to have made significant progress on the problem and that the book was back on track, and thanked everyone who was still hanging in there. He also said that the severity of the delays "scared the hell out of him", and stated that it would not happen in future story arcs.[19]

The second story arc of Rebellion, The Ahakista Gambit, premiered in May 2007[20] and completed its entire five-issue arc before The Path To Nowhere was said and done.[21] The second arc of Dark Times, Parallels, was originally set to premiere in August,[22] but due to the delays suffered by The Path To Nowhere, saw its first issue released in October, only two weeks after the release of Issue 5.[23]

Following the release of Issue 5, Randy Stradley stated the following at the Dark Horse Message Boards:

"For the first Dark Time arc, artist Doug Wheatley ran into problems completing the work on schedule. The reasons were his own, and not really important for our discussion here. I, as editor, having assessed the situation, decided (based on the quality of Doug's work) to stick with him for this arc -- though I knew it would make the book late. In hindsight, and if I had known the full extent of the delays, I probably should have replaced him with another artist. I prefer to reserve actions like that for the last resort, mainly because changing one artist for another is usually like switching apples for oranges -- artists aren't interchangable widgets, easily swapped one for another on an equal basis. Also, another Star Wars-quality artist isn't always available."
―Randy Stradley

As the events of The Path To Nowhere dovetailed with the events of the novel Dark Lord, Issue #5 featured a scene taken right from the pages of the book. James Luceno was credited in the issue's inside cover.[24]

Parallels

"In fact I'm excited for those of you who are sticking around, Harrison is freaking me out with where he is taking this title."
―Doug Wheatley

Parallels was released with comparatively few delays, having a five-issue run from October 2007 to April 2008.[25][26][27][28][29] Mick Harrison remained the writer, with Zach Howard creating the covers, and Dave Ross taking over the penciling duty from Doug Wheatley. Issue #8 saw the penciling duties split between Ross and Lui Antonio, resulting in a noticeably inconsistent art style. Fans were disappointed in the inconsistency,[30] though it is possible that Antonio was brought on board to help the issue be released on time. The issue was split between two locations, and it was apparent that Ross was penciling K'Kruhk's adventures on an unknown planet, while Antonio was penciling the story of the Uhumele's crew on Circarpous V.

Vector

"As to whether Darth Vader, say, is the protagonist or antagonist — or any of the other characters for that matter — read on. The answers may not be what you expect!"
John Jackson Miller

Doug Wheatley returned to the series to pencil Issues 11 and 12, which formed parts 5 and 6 of the mega-arc Vector, a crossover series which encompassed all four current Dark Horse titles throughout 2008. The script was by Mick Harrison, though John Jackson Miller and John Ostrander had hands in the plotting of the story.[31] The events of Vector were intended to have a profound impact on the storylines of all four series.

Issue 12, however, saw penciling duties split between Wheatley and Dave Ross, with Ross penciling the first ten pages of the issue, and Wheatley the second twelve.[32]

Hiatus

"With the huge push for Clone Wars coming up -- and with it more or less coinciding with the release of The Force Unleashed -- something had to give."
Randy Stradley
The ship used by the series's heroes: Schurk-Heren's Uhumele
In April 2008, it was announced that both Dark Times and Rebellion would go on hiatus to make room for Star Wars The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic.[33] Randy Stradley offered these words of wisdom on the matter:
"The two titles, Dark Times and Rebellion, are being put on hiatus because we at Dark Horse know from past experience that whenever our Star Wars line grows beyond three (or occasionally four) titles in a given month, many fans are forced to make financial decisions about which titles to purchase. Invariably, sales on all of our books plateau -- essentially, we increase our overhead but don't increase sales. Carrying on like that for very long is not a good business model. So, we try to keep our output to three (and occasionally four) titles per month."
―Randy Stradley

He also stated that work on both series was continuing, and that they should continue once the furor over Clone Wars dies down.[34] However, only Dark Times resumed publication, as the Rebellion line was discontinued and replaced with the new Star Wars: Invasion series.

Characters

Bomo Greenbark

Main article: Bomo Greenbark

Dass Jennir

Main article: Dass Jennir

Darth Vader

Main article: Anakin Skywalker

K'Kruhk

Main article: K'Kruhk

The Crew of the Uhumele

Schurk-Heren

Main article: Schurk-Heren

Crys Taanzer

Main article: Crys Taanzer

Janks

Main article: Janks

Meekerdin-maa

Main article: Meekerdin-maa

Mezgraf

Main article: Mezgraf

Sniffles

Ko Vakier

Main article: Ko Vakier

Timeline of the Series

The Path to Nowhere

Randy Stradley has stated that "The story begins in the days following the events in Purge, and intertwines itself with some of the events in Jim Luceno's novel Dark Lord."[35] He has also stated that "only about four weeks have passed between Republic #80 and Dark Times #1."[36]

Parallels

Issue #6 begins two and-a-half-days before the issuance of Order 66, and follows Master K'Kruhk until the order is issued. The issue then flashes forward to the crew of the Uhumele on Pizkoss, two months later.[37] As such, Parallels takes place roughly one month after The Path To Nowhere begins. Similarly, Issue #7 indicates that two months have passed since the end of the Clone Wars.[38]

Vector

Issue #11 begins three months after Palpatine declares himself Emperor, and then flashes forward to the crew of the Uhumele three weeks later.[39]

Blue Harvest

Issue #13 begins four months after the Declaration of a New Order.[40]

So far, it has seemed that a month has passed between each arc, with each arc beginning an additional month after Order 66. However, in the case of the crew of the Uhumele, approximately one month and an additional three weeks pass between Parallels and Vector.

Media

Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
Issue Title Publication date Trade paperback TPB pub date
The Path to Nowhere The Path to Nowhere January 9, 2008
1 The Path to Nowhere, Part 1 November 8, 2006
2 The Path to Nowhere, Part 2 January 24, 2007
3 The Path to Nowhere, Part 3 May 9, 2007
4 The Path to Nowhere, Part 4 July 18, 2007
5 The Path to Nowhere, Part 5 October 10, 2007
Parallels Parallels August 13, 2008
6 Parallels, Part 1 October 24, 2007
7 Parallels, Part 2 December 19, 2007
8 Parallels, Part 3 January 30, 2008
9 Parallels, Part 4 February 20, 2008
10 Parallels, Part 5 April 23, 2008
Vector Vector Volume 1, Chapters 1 & 2 January 28, 2009
11 Vector, Part 5 May 29, 2008
12 Vector, Part 6 June 25, 2008
Blue Harvest Blue Harvest April 7, 2010
N/A Blue Harvest 0 July 29, 2009
13 Blue Harvest, Part 1 April 22, 2009
14 Blue Harvest, Part 2 August 12, 2009
15 Blue Harvest, Part 3 January 20, 2010
16 Blue Harvest, Part 4 February 17, 2010
17 Blue Harvest, Part 5 March 17, 2010

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars Dark Times 1: The Path to Nowhere, Part 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1
  3. Star Wars Dark Times 8: Parallels, Part 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Dark Times 11: Vector, Part 5
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dark Horse website
  6. NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT: Dark Times! Dark Horse forums
  7. Star Wars Republic 80: Into the Unknown, Part 2
  8. Dark Times #1: The Path to Nowhere, part 1 (of 5) Jedi Council Forums
  9. Rebellion #5: My Brother, My Enemy, part 5 (of 5) Jedi Council Forums
  10. Star Wars: Rebellion My Brother, My Enemy #5 Dark Horse Comics Profile
  11. Star Wars: Dark Times #2--The Path to Nowhere Dark Horse Comics Profile
  12. Star Wars: Dark Times #3--The Path to Nowhere Dark Horse Comics Profile
  13. Star Wars: Dark Times #4--The Path to Nowhere Dark Horse Comics Profile
  14. Star Wars: Dark Times #5--The Path to Nowhere Dark Horse Comics Profile
  15. Doug Wheatley's myspace
  16. Dark Times #2: The Path to Nowhere, part 2 (of 5) Jedi Council Forums
  17. Dark Times #3: The Path to Nowhere, part 3 (of 5) Jedi Council Forums
  18. Dark Times #5: The Path to Nowhere, part 5 (of 5) Jedi Council Forums
  19. Dark Times #3: The Path to Nowhere, part 3 (of 5) Jedi Council Forums
  20. Star Wars: Rebellion #6--The Ahakista Gambit Dark Horse Comics Profile
  21. Star Wars: Rebellion #10 Dark Horse Comics Profile
  22. THE RETURN OF THE HAT: Dark Times #6: Parallels, part 1 (of 5)... WITH A HAT! Jedi Council Forums
  23. Star Wars: Dark Times #6--Parallels pt. 1 Dark Horse Comics Profile
  24. Star Wars Dark Times 5: The Path to Nowhere, Part 5
  25. Star Wars: Dark Times #6--Parallels pt. 1 Dark Horse Comics Profile
  26. Star Wars: Dark Times #7--Parallels part 2 Dark Horse Comics Profile
  27. Star Wars: Dark Times #8--Parallels part 3 Dark Horse Comics Profile
  28. Star Wars: Dark Times #6--Parallels part 4 Dark Horse Comics Profile
  29. Star Wars: Dark Times #10-Parallels part 5 (of 5) Dark Horse Comics Profile
  30. Jedi Council Forums - Dark Times #8: Parallels, part 3 (of 5)
  31. Newsarama Forums: BALTIMORE '07: STAR WARS: VECTOR, HELLBOY HC COMING FROM DHC
  32. Star Wars Dark Times 12: Vector, Part 6
  33. Star Wars Undercity Portugal: FFPT Interviews - Randy Stradley
  34. Dark Times and Rebellion to go on "Hiatus" Dark Horse Forums
  35. NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT: Dark Times! Dark Horse forums
  36. Jedi Council Forums - Dark Times #1: The Path to Nowhere, part 1 (of 5)
  37. Star Wars Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1
  38. Star Wars Dark Times 7: Parallels, Part 2
  39. Star Wars Dark Times 11: Vector, Part 5
  40. Star Wars Dark Times 13: Blue Harvest, Part 1

See also

  • Star Wars: Vector

External links

Star Wars: Dark Times
The Path to Nowhere: - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Parallels: - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
Vector: - 11 - 12
Blue Harvest: - 0 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17
Trade paperbacks
The Path to Nowhere - Parallels
Related issues and series
Jedi - Obsession - Purge - Republic

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Star Wars Fanon

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The Star Wars wiki of fan invention.

Dark Times may refer to:

  • Star Wars: The Dark Times (Drewton)
  • Star Wars: The Dark Times (DarthGaul)

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