Star Wars: Empire Vol. 3 — The Imperial Perspective

October 25, 2004 | Trades


Star Wars: Empire Vol. 3 — The Imperial Perspective
Welles Hartley, Paul Alden, Jeremy Barlow, Ron Marz, Davide Fabbri, Patrick Blaine
Dark Horse Books
$17.95 US (paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Honour, courage and loyalty aren’t the usual words used in reference to the bad guys.
But Star Wars: Empire takes the novel approach of looking at the Galactic Empire, and more importantly the soldiers of Imperial army, as people.
The four stories in this third collection of Empire tales starts with a look at the deep friendship between an Imperial officer and his bodyguard; continues with how Darth Vader is the leader of the pack — literally —after crash landing on an alien world; moves on to career advancement in the Imperial army in a Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid scenario; and concludes with an exercise in why not to mess with Vader.
You’ll be amazed at how easily you begin to empathize with the bad guys (well, maybe not Vader) and forget that they are the Empire.

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