Collapsing New Empires is a comic featured in Star Wars Tales 19. The blog series The Imperial Warlords: Despoilers of an Empire retconned the events of the comic into canon, revealing that Perek was in fact Cronal.

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It starts out with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo blasting TIE Interceptors on the Millennium Falcon sometime after the Battle of Endor. Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are also on the Falcon. The interceptors are guarding a cluster of Sand Crawlers floating out in space. Then, a TIE Advanced x1 advances toward the planet with the Falcon in hot pursuit. They follow it into a Sand Crawler. As they step into the factory, they notice remnants of old Imperial weapons and machines, such as a wrecked AT-ST. It's then that they meet Perek, an artist. He explains that he's making the weapons and machines into art.

Meanwhile, back on the Falcon, C-3PO and R2-D2 are attacked by robotic insects. These insects transform 3PO and R2 into giant war machines. At the factory, Han, Luke, and Leia see the same bugs. Luke explains that the look similar to the bugs that are attracted to the stench of a Jawa. Luke then senses Jawas nearby. He sees them, and kills them with his lightsaber. Han and Leia are surprised by this, but realize that the Jawas are robots. Chewbacca then arrives, being chased by the transformed 3PO and R2. They both capture Chewie, Leia, and Han and carry them away into the factory. Luke finds a secret passageway inside the factory and goes into it. Perek then reveals himself as an android and attacks Luke. Perek starts to explain how he uses Jawas and their "face bugs" to spread the infection. Han then throws a spark grenade in the main energy source and destroys it. This ultimately infects Luke's hand so he cut it off with his lightsaber, killing Perek. Wounded, the group leaves in the Falcon.

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Star Wars Tales
Tales 1: Life, Death, and the Living Force · Mara Jade: A Night on the Town · Extinction, Part 1 · Skippy the Jedi Droid
Tales 2: Routine · Extinction, Part 2 · Stop That Jawa! · Incident at Horn Station
Tales 3: The Death of Captain Tarpals · Deal with a Demon · Lady Luck · Three Against the Galaxy
Tales 4: Moment of Doubt · A Death Star Is Born · Spare Parts · Sand Blasted
Tales 5: Yaddle's Tale: The One Below · What They Called Me · A Summer's Dream · Hoth · Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
Tales 6: The Hovel on Terk Street · A Hot Time in the Cold Town Tonite! · Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc
Junkheap Hero · The Hidden · Thank the Maker
Tales 7: Single Cell · Nerf Herder · Jedi Chef · Outbid But Never Outgunned · Force Fiction
Tales 8: Captain Threepio · The One That Got Away · The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand! · Death Star Pirates · Bad Business
Tales 9: Resurrection · Hate Leads to Lollipops · The Rebel Four
Tales 10: Trooper · Skreej · Nameless · A Wookiee Scorned! · Free Memory
Tales 11: Prey · In the Beginning · The Princess Leia Diaries · Tall Tales · Ghost
A Jedi's Weapon
Tales 12: A Day in the Life · A Jedi's Weapon · The Revenge of Tag & Bink · Once Bitten · The Duty
Tales 13: Puzzle Peace · The Secret of Tet-Ami · Survivors · Stones · The Sith in the Shadow · Children of the Force
Tales 14: Apocalypse Endor · The Emperor's Court · Urchins · Tides of Terror · The Lesson · Smuggler's Blues · Mythology
Tales 15: Sandstorm · First Impressions · Falling Star · Do or Do Not · Slippery Slope · Lucky Stars
Tales 16: The Other · Best Birthday Ever · The Long, Bad Day · Kessel Run · Lunch Break · Heart of Darkness
Tales 17: Planet of the Dead · All for You · Phantom Menaces · Ghosts of Hoth · The Apprentice · Dark Journey
Tales 18: Number Two in the Galaxy · Payback · Being Boba Fett · The Way of the Warrior · Revenants
Tales 19: Collapsing New Empires · The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated
Rather Darkness Visible · The Rebel Club · The Lost Lightsaber · Into the Great Unknown · Storyteller
Tales 20: George R. Binks · Who's Your Daddy · Fred Jawa · Luke Skywalker: Detective · Hunger Pains · Failing Up With Jar Jar Binks
Nobody's Perfect · Problem Solvers · Melvin Fett · Young Lando Calrissian
Tales 21: Nomad Chapter One · Walking the Path That's Given · Equals & Opposites
Tales 22: Honor Bound · Nomad Chapter Two · Marooned
Tales 23: Shadows and Light · Nomad Chapter Three · Lucky
Tales 24: Marked · Fett Club · Unseen, Unheard · Nomad Chapter Four
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