History ComicBook / DarkEmpire

23rd Mar '16 8:01:51 AM darksoul4242
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Six years after the Battle of Endor -- that's one year after [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn's return]], retaking of much of the Empire, and death -- Luke hears rumors of a new Emperor taking the reigns. Enter Palpatine, having drifted his way to a clone body in a hidden place at the center of the galaxy. And boy, does he have a revenge plan. It involves turning Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side, {{Body Surf}}ing from clone to clone in order to be immortal, using a planet-destroying gun, sending out machines called World Devastators to chew up the Mon Calamari homeworld, and [[TakeOverTheWorld enslaving the universe]]. He's been plotting to enslave the universe since he was smacking other babies with his rattle, so of course he's not finding new goals now.

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Six years after the Battle of Endor -- that's one year after [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn's return]], retaking of much of the Empire, and death -- Luke hears rumors of a new Emperor taking the reigns.reins. Enter Palpatine, having drifted his way to a clone body in a hidden place at the center of the galaxy. And boy, does he have a revenge plan. It involves turning Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side, {{Body Surf}}ing from clone to clone in order to be immortal, using a planet-destroying gun, sending out machines called World Devastators to chew up the Mon Calamari homeworld, and [[TakeOverTheWorld enslaving the universe]]. He's been plotting to enslave the universe since he was smacking other babies with his rattle, so of course he's not finding new goals now.
31st Aug '15 6:44:24 PM WillKeaton
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A series of ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' comic books (''Dark Empire'', ''Dark Empire II'' and ''Empire's End'' -- collectively called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire Dark Empire]]) released between 1991 and 1997. It was also made into an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire:_The_Collector%27s_Edition audio drama]], which had a somewhat modified script. A sample can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ARzFT6P9I here]].

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A series of ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' comic books (''Dark Empire'', ''Dark Empire II'' and ''Empire's End'' -- collectively called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire Dark Empire]]) released between 1991 and 1997. It was also made into an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire:_The_Collector%27s_Edition audio drama]], drama,]] which had a somewhat modified script. A sample can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ARzFT6P9I here]].
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8th Jul '15 4:36:48 PM nombretomado
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Star Wars' EU canon is more internally consistent than most, but this series tends to be [[CanonDiscontinuity ignored fairly often]], mostly due to all the [[ResetButton retrogressive]] things that happened during it. A few things are acknowledged: Han and Leia had a son that they named [[DeadGuyJunior Anakin]], who went on to be pretty important. The first RogueSquadron game, mostly set between the movies, had a final level where the player was Wedge Antilles on Mon Calamari, trying to take down the World Devastators. In the HandOfThrawn duology, the subject of the Emperor's return comes up and Mara Jade - who was his Hand and could hear his instructions from across the galaxy - doubts that this Emperor was really Palpatine. Mara, having gone to the Dark Side herself for a while, also suggests that Luke has been slightly tainted by it ever since. ''LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has a {{Body Surf}}ing villain think about how Palpatine had a similar plan to his, but involving clones, and since the villain in question was never able-bodied, he's going a [[GrandTheftMe different route]]. Additionally, the E-wing starfighter makes its debut, and in later books and comics would become one of the most common go-to machines when a writer wanted to utilize a fighter other than the four Rebel fighters from the films.

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Star Wars' EU canon is more internally consistent than most, but this series tends to be [[CanonDiscontinuity ignored fairly often]], mostly due to all the [[ResetButton retrogressive]] things that happened during it. A few things are acknowledged: Han and Leia had a son that they named [[DeadGuyJunior Anakin]], who went on to be pretty important. The first RogueSquadron game, mostly set between the movies, had a final level where the player was Wedge Antilles on Mon Calamari, trying to take down the World Devastators. In the HandOfThrawn duology, the subject of the Emperor's return comes up and Mara Jade - who was his Hand and could hear his instructions from across the galaxy - doubts that this Emperor was really Palpatine. Mara, having gone to the Dark Side herself for a while, also suggests that Luke has been slightly tainted by it ever since. ''LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has a {{Body Surf}}ing villain think about how Palpatine had a similar plan to his, but involving clones, and since the villain in question was never able-bodied, he's going a [[GrandTheftMe different route]]. Additionally, the E-wing starfighter makes its debut, and in later books and comics would become one of the most common go-to machines when a writer wanted to utilize a fighter other than the four Rebel fighters from the films.
21st Oct '14 1:20:33 PM johnnyfog
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Star Wars' EU canon is more internally consistent than most, but this series tends to be [[CanonDiscontinuity ignored fairly often]], mostly due to all the retrogressive things that happened during it. A few things are acknowledged: Han and Leia had a son that they named [[DeadGuyJunior Anakin]], who went on to be pretty important. The first RogueSquadron game, mostly set between the movies, had a final level where the player was Wedge Antilles on Mon Calamari, trying to take down the World Devastators. In the HandOfThrawn duology, the subject of the Emperor's return comes up and Mara Jade - who was his Hand and could hear his instructions from across the galaxy - doubts that this Emperor was really Palpatine. Mara, having gone to the Dark Side herself for a while, also suggests that Luke has been slightly tainted by it ever since. ''LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has a {{Body Surf}}ing villain think about how Palpatine had a similar plan to his, but involving clones, and since the villain in question was never able-bodied, he's going a [[GrandTheftMe different route]]. Additionally, the E-wing starfighter makes its debut, and in later books and comics would become one of the most common go-to machines when a writer wanted to utilize a fighter other than the four Rebel fighters from the films.

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Star Wars' EU canon is more internally consistent than most, but this series tends to be [[CanonDiscontinuity ignored fairly often]], mostly due to all the retrogressive [[ResetButton retrogressive]] things that happened during it. A few things are acknowledged: Han and Leia had a son that they named [[DeadGuyJunior Anakin]], who went on to be pretty important. The first RogueSquadron game, mostly set between the movies, had a final level where the player was Wedge Antilles on Mon Calamari, trying to take down the World Devastators. In the HandOfThrawn duology, the subject of the Emperor's return comes up and Mara Jade - who was his Hand and could hear his instructions from across the galaxy - doubts that this Emperor was really Palpatine. Mara, having gone to the Dark Side herself for a while, also suggests that Luke has been slightly tainted by it ever since. ''LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has a {{Body Surf}}ing villain think about how Palpatine had a similar plan to his, but involving clones, and since the villain in question was never able-bodied, he's going a [[GrandTheftMe different route]]. Additionally, the E-wing starfighter makes its debut, and in later books and comics would become one of the most common go-to machines when a writer wanted to utilize a fighter other than the four Rebel fighters from the films.
26th Sep '14 12:02:49 PM Fett
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* EnemyCivilWar: The Imperials retake Coruscant, but immediately begin fighting each other over who gets to be the new Emperor.
24th Jul '14 4:21:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ExecutiveMeddling[=/=]OrwellianRetcon: The series was originally supposed to take place immediately after the events of ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', as that would pick up where the Marvel Comics left off. However, Timothy Zahn, when writing the Thrawn Trilogy, was asked to put in references to Dark Empire since the trilogy was planned to take place afterward, but he refused. Because of this, they had to move it, and even rewrite various panels to omit any references to the original placement as a result.



* FanNickname:
** "Wankatine" for the overpowered Palpatine featured in this series.
** "Bowie-peror" for young clone Palpatine's resemblence to {{David Bowie}}.



* HeyItsThatVoice: The audio dramas have John Cygan, who voices Canderous in KnightsOfTheOldRepublic and [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Solidus Snake]], voicing [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:LukeToNist.ogg Luke]], Wedge, ''and'' random minor villains.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: It was originally intended that, instead of reviving Palpatine as a clone, the storyline would have involved the Empire hiring someone to wear a replica of Vader's suit to keep fear in the galaxy, but Lucas vetoed that option.
** Also, the series was originally intended to take place immediately after the events of ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', but some squabbles changed that. See ExecutiveMeddling[=/=]OrwellianRetcon.
6th Jul '14 10:46:04 PM Fett
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* SanitySlippage: Palpatine was first shown to have some degree of self restraint after his first death. Upon his third return, however, he immediately uses the Galaxy Gun to wipe out various worlds rather than fortify his gains. The Essential Atlas released years later even mentions it by having Crix Q5 stating that his madness deepened due to having to return from the dead a third time.

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* SanitySlippage: Palpatine was first shown to have some degree of self restraint after his first death. Upon his third return, however, he immediately uses the Galaxy Gun to wipe out various worlds rather than fortify his gains. The Essential Atlas released years later even mentions lampshades it by having Crix Q5 stating that his madness deepened due to having to return from the dead a third time.
10th May '14 7:21:26 PM psionycx
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* TailorMadePrison: The "Universal Energy Cage", designed by Umak Leth. It effectively functions as a PowerNullifier to imprison Force users.
6th May '14 8:58:04 AM LentilSandEater
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* SanitySlippage: Palpatine was first shown to have some degree of self restraint after his first death. Upon his third return, however, he immediately uses the Galaxy Gun to wipe out various worlds rather than fortify his gains. The Essential Atlas released years later even lampshades it by having Crix Q5 stating that his madness deepened due to having to return from the dead a third time.

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* SanitySlippage: Palpatine was first shown to have some degree of self restraint after his first death. Upon his third return, however, he immediately uses the Galaxy Gun to wipe out various worlds rather than fortify his gains. The Essential Atlas released years later even lampshades mentions it by having Crix Q5 stating that his madness deepened due to having to return from the dead a third time.
12th Feb '14 11:52:00 AM IdumeanPatriot
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** Debatable. Even at his worst, he's no more obviously crazy than [[LargeHam his portrayal]] in RevengeOfTheSith.



* FalseUtopia: Byss, the Emperor's throneworld. It's beautiful and serene, with the billions of inhabitants (including a number of Alderaanian expatriates) living out their lives in [[LotusEaterMachine harmless bliss]]. Little do they know that they are the [[LivingBattery fuel]] that powers Palpatine's sorceries ...



** Though in the EU, it's well established that the Empire [[PropagandaMachine blamed Alderaan's destruction on the Rebels]] ...



* {{Mordor}}: Byss. In a sick twist, many of its denizens are displaced people from Alderaan.
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