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Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire

(Star Wars Omnibus #11)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In the time between the events in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca attempt to rescue Han Solo from the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, while the criminal Prince Xizor and Darth Vader make plans to control, or destroy, the leaders of the Rebel Alliance.

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Paperback, 408 pages
Published January 27th 2010 by Dark Horse (first published April 1st 1996)
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Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Terrible writing and so-so artwork makes this a very poor read. Not recommended for anyone except maybe the most diehard of Star Wars fans.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I find myself reading these Omnibuses all out of order for a couple of reasons. One is that after reading about Rogue Squadron and some Sith from like 5,000 years ago, I just can’t be bothered with the earlier stuff... and the other is that they don't seem to have been released in any order to begin with. I grabbed this one mostly because it has Leia and Chewie on the cover and I just wanted something familiar.

The first of the three stories in the omnibus, Shadows of the Empire takes place betwe
The story lines are really weak.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I remember when Shadows of The Empire came out and was a big deal. I read the book and I liked it. The Comic adaptation unfortunately is rather forgettable and has little to recommend it. The Mara Jade story was more interesting and had better art. It just flowed better. The final story about Xizor's assassin droid was decent, but the appearance of Han, Luke, Leiah, etc while welcome was not integrated well into the story.
Tony Romine
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE OMNIBUS collects three graphic novels from that Star Wars universe, the first being SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE and then two more that relate to the SHADOWS story. These stories all take place post EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, with the latter two taking place after the destruction of the Second Death Star.

SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE is about the adventures of Luke, Leia, and Boba Fett after The Empire Strikes Back as they attempt to get Han Solo back and deal with the rising threat of Prin
Ill D
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
For those insightful and well-read enough amongst us, myself especially included, after being exposed to RedLetterMedia's superb and incredibly amusing critique of the Star Wars prequels, the revelation was received that the singular germ which trumpeted the very sad degradation and ultimate ruination of the Star Wars series singularly occurred when Lucas released his atrocious, annoyingly unnecessary and retroactively painful, Shadows of the Empire story.

Instead of expanding the narrative of
Jordan Anderson
Literally nothing of any value here.

While the comic version of Shadows has some minor additions to the novel, the artwork, lame storyline, and general laziness of the plot leaves absolutely nothing for the reader to enjoy.

Stackpole’s Mara Jade arc is a lesson in monotony. Easily one of the most boring Star Wars stories I’ve ever read, especially considering it comes from Zahn’s otherwise fantastic creation. Then again, I’ve never been a fan of Stackpole’s other comics and novels anyways so this
I read this simply because I loved the Shadows of the Empire novel so much. This omnibus contained that adaptation as well as Mara Jade: By the Emporer's Hand and Shadows of the Empire: Evolution. The Mara Jade one was forgettable but ended well and the Shadows sequel had the best artwork and a lacking story. All in all, you could read the SOTE adaptation and skip the other two IMO.
Paxton Holley
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Trade containing the comic adaptation of Shadows of the Empire as well as the stories Mara Jade: By The Emporer's Hand and Shadows of the Empire: Evolution. Very good followup reading for the Shadows novel which I read a few days ago.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book of Shadows of the Empire is much better, but I still enjoyed the comics. I think more time could've been spent on these books, they feel kinda rushed.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun adventure in the time of the "Legends." Lots of different episodes, and the introduction of the nefarious "Black Sun" criminal syndicate.
Aidan Tracey
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
its all "legends," but its still good if you know the legends timeline
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't get the purpose of the Shadows of the Empire comic. It doesn't have fantastic artwork, so it can't be that. It doesn't tell a coherent story - it skips around like a poorly edited film. It doesn't even hit some of the major highlights of the novel. New characters (even major ones like Guri and Dash Rendar) get no introduction - they just kind of show up, like we're expected to know who they are already.
It short, this was a pretty lame version of a novel I remember liking pretty well when
Jaime K
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
3 stars for the art and some of the dialogue, but the overall story is 4 stars.

Shadows of the Empire

Boba Fett saying some things aloud is weird bit I understand it's harder to portray thoughts in a comic than in a novel.

I love actually SEEING Xizor and the other Hunters.

Haha Dash!!

Leia looks TOO thin. And old. The sketches and inking are not good for Leia.

This makes me want to reread the novel.

Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand

Mara thwarting Isard was so much fun.

The images in the corners of each
Michael Alexander Henke
I remember how excited I was when Shadows of the Empire was first released. Up until that time all the books that had been published had taken place after the events of Return of the Jedi. But Shadows took place during the events of the original trilogy, in between Episodes V and VI! After so many years to have something like that was astounding.
They really went all out with the release of the book, treating almost like another movie. There was a videogame, comics, toys, the book even had it's o
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I read the novelization for 'Shadows of The Empire' a long time ago (actually that book me started on the whole Expanded Universe thing). I remember I enjoyed it and the comic was no exception. The plot and the chatacters are interesting, although sometimes a bit to exagerated. The drawings and dialogs sometimes conveyed too much emotion and 'acting' that sometimes got on my nerves. The second part of the volume, 'The Emperor's
Hand' was much better. I really liked Mara Jade's pre-history. It was
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I originally read this series back when it first came out. I was in middle school, and it was serialized in Nintendo Power, which I subscribed to at the time. I'm not sure if it's that the story hasn't aged well or if it just wasn't very good to begin with. This was an attempt to create a new installment of the star wars marketing empire without actually filming another movie. It just felt like filler. Yes, it shows us what happens between Empire and Jedi, but since it had to follow the restrict ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, 2014-adult
This collection was okay. Shadows of the Empire was decent but it shortened the story from the book so much that it wasn't very enjoyable. The Mara Jade story was good but a little disappointing. The second Shadows of the Empire story was the best. It had an interesting story and the best art. My only complaint on it was Guri's expression never changed. She is drawn with the same look on her face in almost every panel. I think the author might have chalked this up to her being a droid. However, ...more
Andrew Haile
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The first story I REALLY enjoyed especially The Bounty Hunter, Tatooine and Jabbas Palace scenes. Bounty Hunters are my favorite characters in Star Wars and I really like the artwork in the first story. The only thing keeping it from a 5/5 Star rating is a few panels I couldn't tell what happened easily. 4/5

Mara Jade story I thought was really good as well and I liked the art but not as much as the first story 3/5

The third story was ok, but it was a drag to get through because I didn't care for
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Shadows of the Empire comic portion isn't very long at all and lacked depth and detail. I much prefer the novel for Shadows , so much more detail and it was just better story telling overall. The SOTE and Marad Jade's stories were fun enough , I felt Guri's story was the weakest of the three , I hated the forced humor with the old gang , especially all the Han Solo ribbing. I probably wanted to give this 3.25-3.5.. since Im a Star Wars geek I gave it an uber friendly 4 caz its an easy , feel ...more
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
A really well done page-turner. I'm not sure the basis of the story (i remember years ago it was an audio drama or book or something that came out) but the omnibus format put a few different collections together and made it worth my while. Great illustrations too.
Kelly Lynn Thomas
I can't remember if I read the "original" Shadows comic (though I know I read the novel) and I know I read Evolution. Goodreads does not seem to have an entry for Evolution on its own, for whatever reason, so let's pretend I read both.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
A mixed bag. The story involving Mara Jade was the strongest. Still, none of these stories hold a candle to the Thrawn Trilogy or Dark Empire.
Michael Bloom
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wood-library
great Eu material
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, comics, sci-fi
Leia kneeing the Prince was the best part.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this Star Wars book was more intresting, this is when I saw Darth Vader appeared.
Henry Bemis
Jan 15, 2018 is currently reading it
Shadow of the Empire - 3 stars, Read Jan 12 to Jan 14, 2018

Shadow of the Empire: Evolution - 2.5 stars, Read 6.13.18
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the Mara Jade story, but the rest fell more than a bit flat in my opinion.

The art for all of the sections was nothing to write home about.
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