‘Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire’

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is recommended to all fans of the series. It comes in the form of a book, video game and comic.
Long before the times of Disney, back in one of the most beloved settings of Star Wars is between “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” Beginning with the Battle of Hoth, the game follows the adventures of the crew of the Falcon and a lone Merk that are trying to save Han Solo from Jabba. However, they soon find themselves hunted by the criminal empire, the Black Sun.
Some important plot arcs include Luke Skywalker’s training to be a Jedi while dealing with the truth that Darth Vader is his father. Another arc is the power struggle between Darth Vader and the leader of the Black Sun, Prince Xizor.
The book really delves in to the politics and power plays of the of the Empire. It also gives real depth to the Black Sun and their plot to take over the Empire.
The series is filled with solid science fiction action and nerdy world building. Having the Rebels infiltrate the Imperial City feels like a nerdy Star Wars DND game. The story draws out the lore of the universe during the first Star Wars films and feels like it could be its own film.