Star Wars: Dark Empire collects all six issues from the Star Wars: Dark Empire series of comics. It was released May 1, 1993. A Dark Empire Trade Paperback Preview was released on March 5, 1996. The trade paperback contains a foreword by Kevin J. Anderson detailing current—for the time—development of the Expanded Universe, in addition to endnotes covering many more plot points of the Star Wars universe not covered in the six collected comics. The endnotes were only included in the first and second editions of Dark Empire. By the third edition, the endnotes had been removed altogether.
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...
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