3.0 out of 5 stars
Mediocre Finale, June 11 2000
I very much enjoyed the first Dark Empire series, and have both in graphic novel. Because Empire's End has not been released over here yet, I decided I couldn't wait and bought it from Amazon to see what I was missing out on. I have to say I was quite dissapointed. The main problem is the general unlikelyhood of the plot devices within. For instance, a Galaxy Gun (quite possibly the most stupidly named weapon ever) missile hitting the new rebel base and not going off! Are we supposed to believe that the emperor's ultimate weapon is going to use faulty detonators? What about R2-D2 hacking into the flagship's computer. How the hell is one droid going to hack into the emperor's personal flagship and take over bridge control? Have the people on board ever heard of security codes? He may be a good slicer, but shutting down trash compactors is hardly akin to taking over a ship's controls. And why wasn't there a squad of bitchass commandoes waiting for them as soon as they came on board? Good points then. Contrary to another review of this saying that the emperor has become a "finger-pointing" caricature, I think his depiction works quite well. He is obviously sick and progressing further into dementia, and the rages he has emphasise this. The art is generally clear and detailed, but for some reason the main characters often look, well, fat. The finale is a damp squib. The emperor goes out with a whimper instead of a bang like in Dark Empire, and the destruction of Byss seems forced and predictable. Overall a dissapointment then, but if you really want to know how the Dark Empire saga ends you may as well buy it.