STAR WARS
Droids

Rise of The Empire Era

   RISE OF THE EMPIRE ERA:
1,000 - 0 years before Star Wars: A New Hope

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Droids Special
Welcome to Kalarba

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: January 1995
Story: Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Inkers: Andy Mushynsky


In their first adventure in the Kalarba System, Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio arrive at Hosk Station, where they meet the intergalactic criminal, Olag Greck! Originally serialized in Dark Horse Comics, this tale led into the events of the highly popular six-issue Droids series, and is collected here for the first time. The Droids Special features previously unpublished preliminary illustrations by Bill Hughes, and a new cover by Kilian Plunkett. Fans should also note that this is the story that marks an appearance by bounty hunter droid IG-88, and introduces Olag Greck, Xob, and the Corellian pilot, Jace Forno, to the Star Wars universe!


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Droids #1
The Greed of Olag Greck

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: April 1994
Story: Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Inkers: Andy Mushynsky


In the Star Wars galaxy, automatons are so much necessary property, but even first-degree droids are considered expendable! Set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and the formation of the Empire, Droids features the adventures of protocol droid See-Threepio and astromech droid Artoo-Detoo in the Kalarba system (as seen in DHC #17, 18, and 19). Despite their differences, See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo know that the best way to survive is to stick together. Thank the maker!


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Droids #2
The Indobok Pirates

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: May 1994
Story: Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Inkers: Andy Mushynsky


A gang of interplanetary thieves steal See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo from the Pitareeze family, and take the droids to Kalarba's moon, Indobok. The droids meet a nefarious character from their past, and realize that their troubles have just begun!


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Droids #3
The Saga of C-3PX

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: June 1994
Story: Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham
Illustrator: Ian Gibson


In a deadly case of mistaken identity, See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo become entangled in an illegal operation on the Hosk moon, and are forced to enter a droid battle arena.


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Droids #4
Battle of the B'rknaa

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: July 1994
Story: Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Inkers: Andy Mushynsky


When Star Wars hit the big screen in 1977, the world fell in love with Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio. Now the events that led them to their fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker are revealed for the first time! In this issue, Corellian rogue Jace Forno leases the dysfunctional duo for a deadly mission to the moon Indobok!


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Droids #5
Short Cut

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: August 1994
Story: Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham
Illustrator: Ian Gibson


In the droid trade the only use for old units is as spare parts and scrap. So even See-Threepio is impressed when he and Artoo meet veritable antiques Q-E and 2-E, two diminutive Model-Es who have operated a nursery for several generations of Kalarbans. But despite their longevity, Q-E and 2-E carry a horrific secret that could spell the end for all droids!


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Droids #6
Countdown at Hossk

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: September 1994
Story: Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Inkers: Andy Mushynsky


In the conclusion to the adventures of Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio in the Kalarba system, a power core rupture on Hosk forces all life forms to be evacuated, but life forms doesn't include droids! As Olag Greck makes his final stand, Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio race against time to save the industrial moon... but first they'll have to survive Greck's droid armada!


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Droids
The Kalarba Adventures TPB

Published: 1995

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Years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio journeyed to the Kalarba system where they encountered the notorious Olag Greck for the first time. After Artoo and Threepio were acquired by the Pitareeze family, the droids found themselves in a series of misadventures with pirates, bounty-hunters, and rock monsters! These stories brim with the wonder and whimsy that made the characters so popular in the films, as Artoo and Threepio do their best to stick together in an often dangerous galaxy.

This volume collects the three chapter serial (featuring bounty-hunter droid IG-88) from Dark Horse Comics #17-19, Droids #1-6, and the 8-page story first published in Topps Star Wars Galaxy magazine. It includes all of the original cover art and is wrapped in a new foil-enhanced cover by Kilian Plunkett!


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Droids
The Kalarba Adventures Ltd Ed HC

Published: 1995


Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio star in this series of misadventures that brim with the wonder and whimsy that made the films so popular. Whether faced with pirates, bounty hunters, or rock monsters, the droids never fail to find hope. This limited-edition hardcover features a dustjacket with art by Kilian Plunkett and the signature of actor Anthony Daniels. The tipped-in signature plate features the Ralph McQuarrie painting that George Lucas used to pitch the original story to the studio.


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Droids #1
Rebellion— Part 1 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: April 1995
Story: Ryder Windham
Illustrator: Ian Gibson


Olag Greck is a con man and arch criminal, and he's hiding out exactly where you might expect: among his own, wretched kind on the smuggler planet Nar Shaddaa. But knowing where he is and actually arresting him are two completely different matters as the newly-deputized Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio discover. Smugglers and criminals have no affection for old droids, particularly when they're carrying badges! They're just a couple of used appliances in hot pursuit of a perp, and a world of accomplices stand in their way!


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Star Wars: Droids #2
Rebellion— Part 2 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: May 1995
Story: Ryder Windham
Illustrator: Ian Gibson


Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio may have bitten off more than they can chew! Their boss has been blown to bits, and they're marooned in perhaps the most dangerous place in the universe: Nar Shaddaa! The beautiful and deadly Jace Forno has somehow wormed her mercenary self into the spaceport's top security position, and it seems like she's got an agenda for taking care of all kinds of meddlesome droids!


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Droids #3
Rebellion— Part 3 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: June 1995
Story: Ryder Windham
Illustrator: Ian Gibson


Trapped on a drone barge headed for a recycling center, See-Threepio is about to have his memory wiped clean! Artoo races to rescue his old pal, but will Threepio even recognize the the plucky little droid by the time he arrives?


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Droids #4
Rebellion— Part 4 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: July 1995
Story: Ryder Windham
Illustrator: Ian Gibson


All spacelanes lead to Boonda the Hutt's palace! From one direction comes Olag Greck, looking to strike a shady deal, and from the other comes a drone barge loaded to the gunwales with angry droids, among them a mysteriously transformed See-Threepio.

He's undergone a drastic change of personality and become a charismatic leader of the droid rebellion. But the cavernous halls of Boonda's palace hold surprises for everyone, and as with all Hutt palaces, not everyone who enters gets out alive!


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Droids
Rebellion TPB

Published: July 1997

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Olag Greck is a con man and arch criminal, and he's hiding out exactly where you might expect: among his own wretched kind on the smuggler moon Nar Shaddaa. But knowing where he is and actually arresting him are two completely different matters, as the newly deputized Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio discover!


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Droids #5
Season of Revolt— Part 1 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: September 1995
Story: Jan Strnad
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Inkers: Keith Williams & Rich Perrotta


Some believe heroism is a result of genetics; others, that it is a result of teaching. But for Artoo, it's the result of a computer virus! Following their fateful encounter with Boonda the Hutt, Threepio and Artoo are acquired by an Ithorian on Nar Shaddaa. When the Ithorian's herd ship is attacked by alien kidnappers, Artoo is compelled to protect an apparently helpless human. Artoo's selfless act is soon revealed to exceed standard droid programming when Threepio discovers that his small friend has been overtaken by the Caretaker Virus!


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Droids #6
Season of Revolt— Part 2 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: October 1995
Story: Jan Strnad
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Inkers: Keith Williams


After a failed attempt to rescue the hapless Smiley from the clutches of Dictator-Forever Craw, Artoo and Threepio find themselves captives in Craw's palace! And, as if life weren't already complicated enough for Threepio and Artoo, a revolution breaks out inside the palace grounds! They came to save their friend, but now they're fighting to save themselves!


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Droids #7
Season of Revolt — Part 3 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: November 1995
Script: Jan Strnad
Pencils: Bill Hughes
Inks: Keith Williams
Background Inks: Rich Perrota
Lettering: Steve Dutro
Colors: Perry McNamee
Cover: Kilian Plunkett


Dictator-Forever Craw seeks the herb savorium, which turns people into happy slaves called "smilers". He holds the creator of savorium, a smiler named Smiley, prisoner.

Artoo-Detoo has acquired a computer virus that compels him to protect smilers. He's on his way to Craw's palace to rescue Smiley, unable to stop himself from wheeling straight into an obvious trap.


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Droids #8
Season of Revolt— Part 4 of 4

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: December 1995
Script: Jan Strnad
Pencils: Bill Hughes
Inks: Keith Williams
Background Inks: Rich Perrota
Lettering: Steve Dutro
Colors: Perry McNamee
Cover: Kilian Plunkett


Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio have succeeded in foiling the power-mad dictator Craw's plans to capture Smiley and obtain the secret of the rapture-inducing herb, savorium.

Unfortunately, their master, Zorneth the Ithorian, has his own plans for seeding the galaxy with savorium, leading to galactic peace, and leaving the leadership of the universe to more pacifistic beings . . . like Zorneth!


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Droids
The Protocol Offensive

Place in timeline - 10 to 5 years before A New Hope

Published: September 1997
Story: Brian Daley, Ryder Windham, & Anthony Daniels
Penciller: Bill Hughes
Illustrator: Igor Kordey


Plotted by Star Wars novelist Brian Daley (Han Solo at Stars' End) and written by See-Threepio actor Anthony Daniels and Droids writer Ryder Windham, with painted illustrations by Tales of the Marvels artist Igor Kordey. It's See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo saving the planet Tahlboor, in an adventure set years before Star Wars: A New Hope! This prestige-format one-shot has it all.


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