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Six years after Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance has established a New Republic over three-fourths of the galaxy. The surviving Imperial Forces are torn by civil war and harassed by rebel attacks. One of these raids ends in disaster: Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian are shot down over the former Imperial City. When news reaches Han Solo and Leia Organa, they rush to the rescue...(along with Wookie Chewbacca and droid C3PO, of course!) But there's something else rushing toward the Imperial City...something that wants Luke.

The Rebel Alliance had received a message from Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian, just before the two of them had been shot down over Coruscant. Now Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C3PO have gone to rescue them from Coruscant. They take the Millennium Falcon, and two Escort Frigates to search for the party.

Coming out of hyperspace, a frigate is destroyed in a collision with space wreckage. The other frigate remains in orbit, while the Falcon descends into Imperial City.

The Falcon descends right into the middle of a battle. On one side, the marooned Rebels led by Lando, and on the other side, Imperial forces. Leia and Han come in, guns blazing. But as it seems that the Imperials are gaining the upper hand, suddenly, Leia feels the proximity of a Force user. She sees Luke coming towards them from behind a wreckage. An Imperial Walker attacks him, but he easily destroys it with the Force. Leia greets Luke. Luke says that he feels an imminent danger, a Dark Presence, is coming for him.

In orbit, Nien Nunb notices that a wormhole opens in space, and a hyperspatial storm starts devouring everything in its path. It slowly descends to the planet's surface. The Rebels notice it too. Luke says that this monstrosity is there for him, and so he must stay to fight it. Leia pleads Luke to let her stay with him, but he firmly refuses. Han takes her and the rest of the Rebels, and the Falcon flees from the oncoming storm.

The storm descends upon Luke. At that instant, Luke makes telepathic contact with the Darkness. The storm takes him and R2D2 into it, and vanishes.

List of covers and their creators:

CoverNameCreator(s)Sidebar Location
RegRegular CoverDave Dorman1
VarGold Variant CoverDave Dorman3
VarPlatinum Variant CoverDave Dorman2

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I'm reviewing the graphic novel instead of the individual issues...I loved this book as well as Dark Empire II and Empire's End.  Long before the events of Revenge of the Sith, everyone wanted to see the Emperor use a lightsaber.  This delivers and the fact that he could beat Luke Skywalker is wild.  The additional fact of Luke turning Dark to try to defeat the Dark Side is well done here as well.  Very similiar in purpose as Anakin's turn in trying to do good out of some evil.    Seeing more Je...

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