Empire's End

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Empire's End (Trade Paperback)
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Publishing company Dark Horse Comics
Subject Star Wars
Genre Science fiction
Release date(s) 10 September 1997
Country US
Language English
Expanded Universe
Era New Galactic Republic
Series Dark Empire
Galactic Year 11 ABY
Canon C
Preceded by Dark Empire II
Followed by Boba Fett: Death, Lies, & Treachery
Creative team
Script writer Tom Veitch
Mike Beidler
Cover artist(s) Dave Dorman
Artist(s) Jim Baikie

Empire's End is a trade paperback collecting a series of comic books written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Jim Baikie, published in 1997. As part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, it is the final book in the Dark Empire trilogy, which began with Dark Empire I and continued with Dark Empire II.

Plot[edit]

Seven years after the Galactic Empire's defeat at the Battle of Endor and the establishment of the New Republic, the galaxy is once again threatened by Emperor Palpatine, resurrected in a series of clone bodies, who seeks to once again rule his Empire. He finds the perfect tool in the "Galaxy Gun," a superweapon that could annihilate a planet with a single projectile.

After perishing in battle with Luke and Leia Skywalker in Dark Empire I, Palpatine was forced to occupy an inferior clone-body. Unknown to him, his personal physician had been corrupted by his official successor, Carnor Jax, backed by a number of other high-ranking Imperial personnel. The physician had deliberately inserted genetic material and contaminants into all stored samples of the Emperor's original body, to the effect that these bodies would be nowhere as resistant to the ravaging effects of the Dark side as the original.

The last remaining clone body undestroyed by Luke or traitorous Imperials is now aging rapidly, and Palpatine's final, irrevocable end is near unless he can either fix his genetic material (an impossibility since no unadulterated samples remain) or insert his spirit into another body. After consulting with ancient Sith Lords on the mausoleum planet Korriban, Palpatine learns that Anakin Solo, the infant son of Leia and Han Solo, is the only workable body.

Palpatine follows the Solos to Onderon in order to gain a new body, to ensure the future of his rule. A fierce duel occurs between Luke Skywalker and his Jedi team and Palpatine; finally, Han Solo wrongly shoots the Emperor, allowing him to be out of his physical form and get what he wanted: Anakin's body. He desperately tries to send his spirit into the infant Anakin Solo but is blocked by the soul of the dying Jedi, Empatojayos Brand, who makes the ultimate sacrifice in willingly sending his eternal soul into the "madness beyond death" that is the Dark Side, to ensure Palpatine would go as well and can never return. Luke then vows to revive the Jedi Order. After Palpatine's death, Vima mysteriously disappears. After the death of Palpatine, a projectile from the Galaxy Gun is shot into Byss (since the crew were frightened by the potential collision, and also misfired), utterly destroying Byss, and destroying the second Eclipse-class Star Destroyer, Eclipse II, which was steered into a collision course with the Galaxy Gun by R2-D2, thus ending the Empire's harsh rule.

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