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Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Vol. 5 is an Epic Collection trade paperback that collects Star Wars: Dark Empire and its sequels, Star Wars: Dark Empire II and Star Wars: Empire's End, material from Star Wars Tales, and the first and third volumes of Star Wars Handbook. The Epic Collection also reprints the Dark Empire endnotes for the first time since 1995. It was published on March 23, 2021.

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The Dark Empire trilogy! Six years after the Battle of Endor, the heroes of the Rebellion work to unite the galaxy. But a new Empire has risen from the chaos to strike back at the former Rebel Alliance, reclaiming its capital of Coruscant and building massive new World Devastators to ravage entire planets. And Jabba the Hutt's ruthless heirs have placed a monumental price on the heads of Princess Leia and Han Solo! Together with Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Han and Leia must fight to protect the future for their children - but the greatest threat may come from the last of the Jedi: Luke Skywalker!

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE (1991) 1-6; STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE II (1994) 1-6; STAR WARS: EMPIRE'S END (1995) 1-2; STAR WARS HANDBOOK (1998) 1, 3; MATERIAL FROM STAR WARS TALES (1999) 8, 11, 16-17

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THE NEW REPUBLIC
VOL. 5
It has been six years since the death of Emperor Palpatine
and the founding of the New Republic. But without the
thousands of Jedi Knights who formed the backbone of the
Old Republic, the confederation is a precarious one.
Long years of struggle have ensued, and surviving Imperial
factions have pushed back against the Rebel Alliance and
consolitated control over a fourth of the galaxy.

The threat of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who nearly brought the
fledgling Republic to its knees, has finally been ended. But
following his downfall, suriving members of the Emperor's
Ruling Circle have staged a stunning assault on Coruscant.
The vital Imperial system has once again fallen under
Imperial control.

It looks certain that a new Empire is about to emerge from
the ashes of the old. That very possibility has triggered a
ferocious civil war among the numerous Imperial factions.
Who will sit in the Emperor's throne? Who has the right -
and the might?

The rebels have been quick to seize 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, has
ended in disaster: the Alliance Star Destroyer ''Liberator'',
commanded by Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian, has
crash-landed on the planet's surface.

Now, 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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