This was something I had been thinking about doing, and with the recent news of the comics license transferring to Marvel, now seems as good a time as any. Here we're going to look back, year by year, at the DHC SW releases, give us a chance to reflect on some of the comic books that have probably been overshadowed or forgotten (sometimes with good reason ) in the wake of more recent titans like KOTOR, Legacy and Dark Times (though we'll be getting to them eventually too!), maybe highlight favorite moments, panels or covers. (I'm going to refrain from embedding every cover, to prevent these posts from getting unwieldy to navigate. A shame we don't have the image thumbnail option we had on the old boards- that made threads like this and the old TPB Resource Threads more visually effective) As we start catching up to the more recent decade, I'll integrate links to the original discussion threads here as well. I'm trying to be as comprehensive as possible with the release dates, but it's likely something may slip through the cracks, so feel free to point out any omissions. It may be a little awkward to discuss partial storyarcs given that the majority here likely only have access to these stories in TPB or Omni form, but I'm approaching it that way just to give a better idea of where things were when they first came out. But don't feel obligated to restrict your comments to just a portion of a story arc- you're free to discuss the story as a whole, in other words. Updates for the thread will hopefully be every week or two, allowing this to run throughout the "Year of the Horse". To launch, we'll be covering 1991-1992. Why two years? Because only one issue was released in 1991, so it'd be a pretty abbreviated note to kick things off on . 1991- 1992December 1991 Dark Empire #1 (of 6): The Destiny of a Jedi Cover February 1992 Dark Empire #2 (of 6): Devastator of Worlds Cover April 1992 Dark Empire #3 (of 6): The Battle for Calamari Cover June 1992 Dark Empire #4 (of 6): Confrontation on the Smugglers' Moon Cover August 1992 Dark Empire #5 (of 6): Emperor Reborn Cover Classic Star Wars #1 Cover September 1992 Classic Star Wars #2 Cover October 1992 Dark Empire #6 (of 6): The Fate of a Galaxy Cover Classic Star Wars #3 Cover November 1992 Classic Star Wars #4 Cover December 1992 Classic Star Wars #5 Cover Obviously, when we talk about the beginning of DHC's run of Star Wars comics, we're not talking about a story that has been overshadowed by anything (if anything, Palpatine's musings and newfound desire to seek eternal life introduced in Episode III only strengthened said story's interest), and was the most notable beacon signaling a unified continuity between comics and novels of the "new EU"- the one that left readers for over a decade wondering "where did Luke fall to the darkside and fight a Palpatine clone?". Dark Empire. Just at first glance, having never owned DE1 in issue form, I notice that I don't think I've ever read the individual issue titles for this series before- or, if I have, I definitely do not remember having done so. "Confrontation on the Smugglers' Moon" is just such a great title evoking the RPG material at the time- only fitting, given the beginnings of continuity being stirred about at this point in time. Obviously Dorman's covers here are a HUGE contribution to the SW franchise- easily amongst the most iconic images ever created for the saga. And while the overall "vertical fire/wall/door crack" motif of the covers is great, I think it's safe to say DE1 #2's cover made a dent in the Star Wars universe. Luke in Vader's uniform would probably be the key visual of the series (the fact that it graces the cover of the DE1 TPB collections furthers that claim). Another key cover, IMO, would be DE1 #4's: As it is closely associated with the return of Fett (for obvious reasons). And, let's face it, the return of Fett contributed significantly to the character's popularity and eventual ties to the clones and Mandalorians. Plus, again, that clever vertical motif's implementation Cam Kennedy's art style is divisive, but I dearly love it. It evokes the perfect mood and tone for the series, being both simultaneously starkly high contrast and crazily detailed. It's like if Star Wars was given a radically different DP for a sequel. I mean, LOOK AT THAT! I get the impression that Classic Star Wars was almost a "Crap, we have a massive hit on our hands and no other Star Wars stories in the pipeline- we need to put out something!" reaction to DE's success. Granted, it wasn't just a simple reprint, as it needed to be reformatted, colored and have some additional art panels made by Williamson, but one would assume it was quicker to produce and print than a 6 issue miniseries from scratch. However, one must appreciate what it shows of DHC- few publishers would go to the lengths of reformatting a daily strip into a comic book layout alongside new art as opposed to just doing a straight reprint. I totally skipped over the whole Classic SW line back in the day (finite comics budget in the age of early/mid 90's X-Men did not grant much in the way of diverse purchase options . That and there was the stigma of "old" material not being a part of the new continuity. Since then, I've come to appreciate them (much more than the Marvel series)- and I love some of the panels-turned-recolored-covers the series used. I mean, how much more awesome can you fit in a single cover/panel?