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''Agent of the Empire'' is a Franchise/StarWars ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' comic book series from Dark Horse Comics written by John Ostrander. Set between 3 BBY and 0 BBY, the miniseries will follow the Imperial Intelligence agent Jahan Cross and his droid IN-GA 44 whose undercover assignments for the Empire take them across the galaxy to exotic locales, filled with danger and intrigue.

The first series, ''Iron Eclipse'' has him deal with the architect of the Stark-Hyperspace War, and his long overdue karmic payback. A sequel series, ''Hard Target'', takes place on Alderaan and deals with Jahan Cross following up on the legacy of Count Dooku's noble house as well as corruption in the Imperial government.
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!!This comic series contains the following:
* {{Ambadassador}}: Cross is a badass spy but always introduces himself as a special envoy with the diplomatic service, and some of his lines indicate that he isn't lying about that.
* AntiVillain: Jahan works for the Empire because he believes in what it stands for, and he has good reason to. It's worth noting that he doesn't share most Imperials' FantasticRacism (his relationship with Alessi is rather easygoing, and he seems unimpressed with when a coworker calls him a "slithering wermo").
* AnythingThatMoves: Jahan seems to have no problem with sex with alien females. Played with as this is part of his mission.
** Admittedly, they were stepmother and daughter so he's still pushing it.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Iaco Stark is the mastermind of his own ''murder.']]
** The second series has its villain revealed to be [[spoiler:the Empire itself.]]
* CallBack:
** The first arc is about the Stark family from the Stark-Hyperspace War from way back in ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsRepublic Republic]]''.
* CallForward:
** The ''Grinning Liar'' is given clearance to land on Serenno. The ''Grinning Liar'' is the ship of Chak and Kee in ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy Legacy]]'', about a hundred years later.
* CaptainErsatz: Jahan Cross is one for James Bond, specifically a combination of the Connery and Craig versions.
* ContinuityNod:
** Jahan and Han used to be classmates in the Imperial Academy. As we know, Han used to be an Imperial cadet.
* ContinuityPorn: We finally get to see Dooku's homeworld and a substantial portion of the second trade takes place on Alderaan.
* DaChief: You might have missed it, but Jahan's "M" is Imperial Intelligence Director Armand Isard, the father of Ysanne Isard (a major villain in the ''X-Wing'' novel series). True to form, he's constantly chewing Cross out for the trail of collateral damage he leaves.
* ForTheEvulz: Darth Vader forces the heirs of Serenno's Great Houses to murder their patriarchs as punishment for the Clone Wars.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: [[spoiler:Iaco Stark becomes one of these after cybernetics have warped his mind.]]
* HandsomeLech: Jahan Cross appears to be one.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Jahan has shades of this but it's a much less prevalent attitude than with other Imperials. He's happy doing dirty work for the Empire but actually wants it to be for the Empire versus the corrupt elite which rules it.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Jahan Cross stashes the heir to the Dooku family on Alderaan.
* OddFriendship: Jahan Cross is a loyalist Imperial spy and is, apparently, close friends with Bail Organa.
** Doubles as a FailedASpotCheck given Jahan Cross should pick up on the fact Bail Organa is the biggest threat to the Empire there is.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Jahan knew Boba Fett, Han Solo, and Princess Leia before any of them knew each other. His backstory kind of justifies it; he was in the military (like Han) as a prerequisite to carry on his family's history of diplomatic service (like Leia's), and deals with bounty hunters and other crooks (like Fett) as an intel agent.
* OvertAgent: Jahan seems to have problems with this.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Averted, surprisingly. IN-GA is supposed to be a sexy human replica robot but Jahan Stark doesn't like droids which look that way.
* ShaggyDogStory: Implied for ''Hard Targets''. Jahan Cross goes to elaborate lengths to save the young Count of Serenno. In the end, he manages to save him. Where does he select for him to hide out? [[spoiler: Alderaan]].
* SpyDrama: Dirty Martini variant. It has glamorous settings, big explosions, and beautiful women, but the main character works for an EvilEmpire (though he isn't really that evil) battling evil enemies.
* XanatosGambit: Jahan Cross is a master of these.
* WouldNotHurtAChild: Jahan Cross' one line. He's perfectly willing to kill anyone else who stands in his way.
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