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Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and smuggler Han Solo have have struck blow after winning blow against the Empire. The Rebels are digging in their defenses on the remote ice world of Hoth but how long will they truly be safe from their many enemies? Darth Vader will stop at nothing to crush the rebels but his efforts to locate their new base have been in vain. Will the dark side of the Force guide him to the missing rebels and to young Skywalker or mire the dark lord in the conflicts of his past? Despite a life riddled with treachery and destruction, Doctor Aphra has found a family (of sorts). Former Imperial inspector Magna Tolvan and Aphra’s young ward Vulaada will have to face the struggles of a life of rebellion…while Aphra reckons with her legacy. Former Imperial loyalist turned cyborg bounty hunter BEILERT VALANCE is taking on a dangerous new mission. And the lives of the entire Rebellion—including his old buddy HAN SOLO’s—are at stake should he fail!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
48 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1 is a gloriously well constructed comic book that cleverly points the way forward for the entire STAR WARS comics line while paying respect to what has come before with excellently written and beautifully drawn drawn emotionally impactful short stories that capture the best of Star Wars comics in an old fan and new reader friendly package!

  • 93


    Star Wars: Empire Ascendant is a great way to show readers the larger ‘Star Wars’ comicsverse and show off all the talent and different stories that are on offer. At present, we only really cover the main Star Wars title and plan to continue to do so as well as picking up the odd mini-series along the way. But reading this book has given me some food for thought in regards to whether we should add one of the other ongoing titles.

  • 80

    If you’re looking for four strong Star Wars stories covering all corners of the mythology, then Star Wars: Empire Ascendant will make a worthy addition to your collection, though if you were hoping this book would tie up the loose ends of various other Star Wars titles from Marvel, you’ll likely be left frustrated.

  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    intended narrative bridge. It somehow works for both new and old readers and never really suffers from “Star Wars” fatigue.

  • 60

    Impulse Gamer

    Not really an essential purchase, but good enough if you like the Star Wars characters and want to see some more of the characters.

  • 50

    Forces Of Geek

    Overall, this collaborative effort is a personal pan pizza with only one tasty slice. More pages could have fleshed out things out more.

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