Dark Empire II 6: Hand of Darkness

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Hand of Darkness
Attribution information

Tom Veitch


Cam Kennedy


Cam Kennedy


Todd Klein


Cam Kennedy

Cover artist

Dave Dorman

Publication information

Dark Horse Comics

Publication date

May 23, 1995



General information

10 ABY[1]


Dark Empire II

Issue number


Preceded by

Dark Empire II 5: The Galaxy Weapon

Followed by

Empire's End 1: Triumph of the Empire

Dark Empire II 6: Hand of Darkness was the sixth and final issue of the 6 part Dark Empire II series of comics. It was released on May 23, 1995 by Dark Horse Comics.

Opening crawlEdit

Hand of Darkness
As Lando Calrissian’s Viper Automadon war droids attack the Emperor’s citadel on Byss, they are met by an army of monstrous creatures bent on destruction. 

They war droids are no match for the Emperor’s dark-side monsters, and soon the Rebels are pinned down amidst the ruins of their attack. 

But Salla Zend and Shug Ninx pull together a group of smugglers to come to the aid of the Rebels. Manning fast-armed freighters, the spacers hold the dark-side beasts at bay long enough for Lando’s crew to scramble aboard. 

Across the galaxy, Luke Skywalker, Kam Solusar, and the young Jedi Knights Jem and Rayf Ysanna head for the Alliance command base on the pinnacled fifth moon of Da Soocha. 

As Luke’s ship, the ''Jedi Explorer'', emerges from hyperspace, a light-speed torpedo fired from the Emperor’s new Galaxy Weapon emerges near them, heading straight for Pinnacle Base. 

Guessing the projectile’s purpose, Luke tries to shoot it down – but the torpedo’s shields hold and it strikes the Rebel moon with a planet-shattering blast. 

Elsewhere, the ''Millenium'' [sic] ''Falcon'', repaired by antique Ganathan technology, arrives at a tiny settlement on exotic New Alderaan. There, Han and Leia’s twin children, Jacen and Jaina, have been secreted since birth from the prying eyes of the Emperor...

Publisher's summaryEdit

Han Solo and Princess Leia have taken refuge with their twins on the planet New Alderaan.

But refuge, it seems, eludes the family when Emperor Palpatine and an AT-AT battalion come hunting for Rebel officers. Worry not, Leia! They don't want your lives… they just want your children!



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Notes and referencesEdit

The Dark Empire saga
Dark Empire: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
Dark Empire II: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
Empire's End: 1 · 2
Collected editions
Dark Empire · Second Edition · Third Edition
Dark Empire II · Second Edition
Empire's End
Dark Empire Trilogy
Reference material
Endnotes · Sourcebook · Handbook
Audio books
Dark Empire · Dark Empire II · Empire's End
Dark Empire: The Collector's Edition
Related material
Death, Lies, & Treachery
Bounty on Bar-Kooda · When the Fat Lady Swings · Murder Most Foul

Boba Fett: Agent of Doom
Micro Machines Star Wars Action Fleet · Kenner toy line


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