STAR WARS
The Thrawn Trilogy
Dark Force Rising

Rebellion Era

   THE NEW REPUBLIC ERA:
5-25 years after Star Wars: A New Hope

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Dark Force Rising #1 (of 6)

Place in timeline - 9 years after A New Hope

Published: May 1997
Adapted from the novel by: Timothy Zahn
Writer: Mike Baron
Penciller: Terry Dodson
Inkers: Kevin Nowlan
Letterer: Ellie De Ville
Color Artist: Pamela Rambo
Cover Artist: Mathieu Lauffray


The Empire has been defeated but is not yet dead. The remainder of its forces have come under the control of Grand Admiral Thrawn who seeks to regain power over the galaxy. In an attempt to fully rebuild the Empire's fleet, Thrawn mounts a series of attacks aimed at capturing new vessels. To aid him in this quest, Thrawn enlists the forgotten Jedi, C'Baoth. In return for his help, Thrawn promises to deliver the last two remaining Jedi, Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia Organa Solo, into C'Baoth's hands.

Narrowly escaping Thrawn's clutches, Luke and Leia work to reinforce the fragile government of the New Republic and crush the last vestiges of the Empire. As Luke searches for clues to the identity of Master C'Baoth, Leia turns her attention toward swaying the interest of the Noghri, a brutal and mysterious race dedicated to the service of the Empire.

In a bold move, Thrawn attacks the shipyards at Sluis Van. Defeated, he retreats to the planet Myrkr hoping to find Talon Karrde, a smuggler who holds the key to finding the fabled lost Katana fleet. Having helped Skywalker escape Thrawn's clutches, Karrde knows he will face certain retribution and cautiously watches for the Grand Admiral's first move. But Thrawn is cunning, and patiently waits for Karrde to make o mistake...


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Dark Force Rising #2 (of 6)

Place in timeline - 9 years after A New Hope

Published: June 1997
Adapted from the novel by: Timothy Zahn
Writer: Mike Baron
Penciller: Terry Dodson
Inkers: Kevin Nowlan
Letterer: Ellie De Ville
Color Artist: Pamela Rambo
Cover Artist: Mathieu Lauffray


With Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda both dead, Luke Skywalker is in need of a new Jedi mentor -- and he finds one in C'Baoth. Risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, C'Baoth may prove to be just the teacher Luke needs to deliver the final blow to Grand Admiral Thrawn's ailing Empire. Or he may be the Empire's last hope for turning the tide . . .


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Dark Force Rising #3 (of 6)

Place in timeline - 9 years after A New Hope

Published: July 1997
Story: Mike Baron
Penciller: Gil Kane
Inkers: Kevin Nowlan


Risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, the Jedi Master C'Baoth teaches Luke Skywalker new ways to use the Force, ways which allow him to control others. Ways commonly used on the dark side of the Force.


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Dark Force Rising #4 (of 6)

Place in timeline - 9 years after A New Hope

Published: August 1997
Story: Mike Baron
Penciller: Gil Kane
Inkers: Kevin Nowlan


Luke's new mentor, Jedi Master C'Baoth, is teaching him new ways to use the Force, ways that seem . . . inappropriate. But ways that may become necessary in light of the fact that Grand Admiral Thrawn has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet.


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Dark Force Rising #5 (of 6)

Place in timeline - 9 years after A New Hope

Published: September 1997
Story: Mike Baron
Penciller: Gil Kane
Inkers: Kevin Nowlan


The Katana fleet, almost two hundred Dreadnaught heavy cruisers, were lost to hyperspace in the days of the Old Republic. Now the Empire wants the cruisers so they can regain power. The New Republic wants the ships to crush the Empire for good. And Talon Karrde is the only man who knows where to find the lost fleet, which could either be an invitation to fortune . . . or a bargaining chip at his execution.


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Dark Force Rising #6 (of 6)

Place in timeline - 9 years after A New Hope

Published: October 1997
Story: Mike Baron
Penciller: Gil Kane
Inkers: Kevin Nowlan


It all comes down to this, a showdown over the Katana fleet. The Rebels and Imperials have both located the abandoned Dreadnaughts, and each is looking to outgun the other, take the fleet, and direct the galaxy to their way of thinking. Odds this round are on Grand Admiral Thrawn. He has a trick up his sleeve, one not seen since the end of the Clone Wars. One that could spark a second round of the Clone Wars!


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Dark Force Rising TPB

Published: February 1998

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The Empire is dying; but like a dog near death, the Empire is at its most dangerous, ready to lash out with nothing to lose. Grand Admiral Thrawn may have found just the firepower needed to take a bite out of the New Republic: some two hundred Dreadnaught heavy cruisers, lost to hyperspace in the days of the Old Republic. Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca may be up against more than they bargained for, but it's not the first time the odds have been stacked against them!


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