- "It's the ultimate gambling palace, Princess. The stakes are high... but most galactic citizens wouldn't have it any other way!"
- ―Han Solo
Star Wars 18: The Empire Strikes is the eighteenth issue in the Marvel Star Wars series of comics.
While training on board the Millennium Falcon, Luke Skywalker falls into a deep and mysterious trance. As Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Chewbacca pilot the Falcon toward medical help, they stumble across the remains of a House of Tagge merchant ship. They discover a surviving Rebel soldier who tells them that the Tagge ship was actually attacked by Imperials, but was made to look like it was Rebels who destroyed the civilian craft. The Imperial cruiser of Commander Strom soon arrives on the scene intending to capture the Falcon and her crew, but Han pilots their escape to the relative safety of The Wheel. Strom sends his troops to follow, but is soon contacted by the Wheel's administrator Simon Greyshade, who reminds the Imperial commander that the Wheel is supposed to be free of interference from the Empire. Strom then claims that these Rebels are responsible for the attack on the House of Tagge ship which was carrying profits from the Wheel, at which point Greyshade relents and allows the Imperials onto the Wheel's lower levels to catch the Rebels.
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This is the first issue since the adaptation of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope where Imperials have made an appearance in the comic series; said Imperial officers don't wear the characteristic Imperial caps, against their invariable appearance in all later sources.
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