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Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 4 is an Epic Collection trade paperback that collects issues focusing mostly on Star Wars villains such as Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt. The Epic Collection edition was released on May 23, 2018.

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Bring on the bad guys! A former trooper, left for dead during the Clone Wars, hears word of a new, great warrior worthy of following - Darth Vader! But can he prove himself to the Dark Lord as a stormtrooper? Jabba the Hutt steals the spotlight in four stories of bartering, backstabbing and betrayal! And when Vader hires Boba Fett for an important job, will the bounty hunter end up an enemy of the Empire? Plus: Young Luke Skywalker goes on a walkabout, Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling out - and more!

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE CRY OF SHADOWS 1-5; STAR WARS: JABBA THE HUTT - THE GAAR SUPPOON HIT, THE HUNGER OF PRINCESS NAMPI, THE DYNASTY TRAP, BETRAYAL; STAR WARS: BOBA FETT - ENEMY OF THE EMPIRE 1-4; MATERIAL FROM STAR WARS TALES 7, 11-12, 15, 18-20; STAR WARS VISIONARIES OGN; DARK HORSE PRESENTS ANNUAL '99; FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2012: STAR WARS

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THE EMPIRE
VOL. 4
Years have passed since the evil Emperor Palpatine and his
Galactic Empire rose to power in the wake of the
devastating Clone Wars. Most of the Jedi have been wiped
out by the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader, in a
deadly purge.

Despite warnings from Palpatine, Vader has continued to
work in secret to hunt down and destroy the surviving Jedi
- and to find an apprentice of his own who can help him
overthrow the Emperor.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, a surviving Jedi Master who fought in the
Clone Wars, has gone into hiding on the desert world of
Tatooine. There, he keeps a watchful eye on a young boy
named Luke Skywalker, who has a secret connection to
Vader. Were Luke's secret revealed, he would become very
valuable to the Hutt crime lords who control Tatooine.

Elsewhere, other young heroes and villains are discovering
their own bravery. Han Solo and his Wookiee partner,
Chewbacca, have escaped the Empire and become
smugglers and pirates, thanks in part to their
double-dealing friend Lando Calrissian. And Boba Fett has
grown from being the son of the man who inspired the
clone-trooper army, to one of the deadliest bounty hunters
in the galaxy....

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