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"The names Cross, Jahan Cross."

Agent of the Empire is a Star Wars 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.


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.
  • Anti-Villain: 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' Fantastic Racism (his relationship with Alessi is rather easygoing, and he seems unimpressed with when a coworker calls him a "slithering wermo").
  • Anything That Moves: 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.
  • Big Bad: Iaco Stark is the mastermind of his own ''murder.'
    • The second series has its villain revealed to be the Empire itself.
  • Call-Back: The first arc is about the Stark family from the Stark-Hyperspace War from way back in Republic.
  • Call-Forward: The Grinning Liar is given clearance to land on Serenno. The Grinning Liar is the ship of Chak and Kee in Legacy, about a hundred years later.
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  • Captain Ersatz: Jahan Cross is one for James Bond, specifically a combination of the Connery and Craig versions.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Jahan and Han used to be classmates in the Imperial Academy. As we know, Han used to be an Imperial cadet.
  • Continuity Porn:
    • We finally get to see Dooku's homeworld and a substantial portion of the second trade takes place on Alderaan.
    • Jahan teases Han by telling him he could never outfly Soontir Fel. That would be Soontir Fel from the X-Wing Series.
    • Leia and Bail are also accompanied by Winter, who Jahan jokingly mistakes for Leia.
  • Da Chief: 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.
  • For the Evulz: Darth Vader forces the heirs of Serenno's Great Houses to murder their patriarchs as punishment for the Clone Wars.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Iaco Stark becomes one of these after cybernetics have warped his mind.
  • Handsome Lech: Jahan Cross appears to be one.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: After Cross uncovers an Imperial officer's corruption, he's asked this. The answer's "No", and the officer responds predictably, though as it happens he underestimated Cross severely.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: 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.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Jahan Cross stashes the heir to the Dooku family on Alderaan.
  • Odd Friendship: Jahan Cross is a loyalist Imperial spy and is, apparently, close friends with Bail Organa. Doubles as a Failed a Spot Check given Jahan Cross should pick up on the fact Bail Organa is the biggest threat to the Empire there is.
  • One Degree of Separation: 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.
  • Overt Agent: Jahan seems to have problems with this.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Averted, surprisingly. IN-GA is supposed to be a sexy human replica robot but Jahan Stark doesn't like droids which look that way.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: 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? Alderaan.
  • Spy Drama: Dirty Martini variant. It has glamorous settings, big explosions, and beautiful women, but the main character works for an Evil Empire (though he isn't really that evil) battling evil enemies.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Jahan Cross is a master of these.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Jahan Cross' one line. He's perfectly willing to kill anyone else who stands in his way.


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