Dark Empire 1: The Destiny of a Jedi was the first issue of the 6 part Star Wars: Dark Empire series of comics. It was released on December 12, 1991 by Dark Horse Comics and reprinted on August 18, 1992.

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Following the deaths of Darth Vader and the Emperor and the destruction of the second Death Star, the Rebel Alliance proclaimed a New Republic over three-fourths of the Galaxy. But without the thousands of Jedi Knights who formed the backbone of the Old Republic, the new confederation was a precarious one.

Long years of struggle ensued, during which the Imperials regained strength, pushing back the Alliance until the majority of worlds, including the vital Imperial System, fell once again under Imperial control.

Then, without warning, civil war erupted, as factions within the Imperial Navy battled the former Emperor's ruling circle for control of the Empire.

The Rebels seized the opportunity to sow confusion among the feuding Imperials, using captured Star Destroyers to conduct hit-and-run sorties into the war zones.

One such raid, over the raging Imperial City battleground, ended in disaster: the Alliance Star Destroyer <u>Liberator</u>, commanded by Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian, crashed on the planet's surface. Only Luke's skillful use of the ship's deflector shields and anti-grav braking system prevented all aboard from being killed.

As our story opens, Princess Leia Organa and her husband Han Solo, together with the Wookiee Chewbacca and the protocol droid C-3PO, are on a daring mission to rescue their fallen comrades.

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Six years after Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance has established a New Republic over three-fourths of the galaxy. The surviving Imperial Forces are torn by civil war and harassed by rebel attacks. One of these raids ends in disaster: Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian are shot down over the former Imperial City. When news reaches Han Solo and Leia Organa, they rush to the rescue… (along with Wookiee Chewbacca and droid C-3PO, of course!). But there's something else rushing toward the Imperial City… something that wants Luke.[1]


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The events of Destiny of a Jedi were adapted in the Dark Empire (audio) radio drama, which featured the music of John Williams' score from the films, as well as a voice cast that included Billy Dee Williams reprising his role as Lando Calrissian.

An independently produced animated adaptation of Destiny of a Jedi was released online in October 2019, which used the radio drama and the original comic as its basis.[3]


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