Shadows of the Empire: Evolution was a sequel to the original story by the author of the Shadows of the Empire book, Steve Perry. The series was the first foray into comics by the best-selling Perry.

The story is set in 4 ABY, which sets it one year after The Empire Strikes Back, and more or less shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. Xizor, the leader of Black Sun, has been killed by Darth Vader, and Guri, a beautiful Human replica droid and Xizor's personal assassin, is left wondering what her future will hold now that she no longer has anyone to answer to. Throughout the ongoing struggle for underworld supremacy, Guri endeavors to uncover hints of her Human side—if it even exists. But in her quest to alter her programming and gain Humanity, Guri becomes the quarry of both bounty hunters and Rebels (led by Luke Skywalker). Secrets lay buried in her android mind that make her a valuable prey.


Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
IssueTitlePublication dateTrade paperbackTPB pub dateOmnibus collectionOmnibus pub date
Shadows of the Empire: EvolutionShadows of the Empire: EvolutionFebruary 2, 2000Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the EmpireJanuary 13, 2010
1Shadows of the Empire: Evolution 1February 11, 1998
2Shadows of the Empire: Evolution 2March 11, 1998
3Shadows of the Empire: Evolution 3April 8, 1998
4Shadows of the Empire: Evolution 4May 13, 1998
5Shadows of the Empire: Evolution 5June 17, 1998


Novel · Junior novelization · Audiobook
Shadows of the Empire: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
Trade paperback · Omnibus
Kenner Special: 1, 2 · Galoob · Ertl · Battle of the Bounty Hunters
Evolution: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · Trade paperback
Reference material
The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire · Sourcebook · Planets Guide
The Official Strategy Guide · Game Secrets · Limited Collector's Edition
Video game · Soundtrack · Trading cards · Toy line
Micro Machines · Embossed Metal Collector Cards
Related material
Assignment: Decoy · Secrets of the Sisar Run · Shadow Stalker
The Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt · Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Vol. 1
Return of the Jedi radio drama · Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
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