Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.
Set just weeks before “A New Hope,” “Betrayal, “the first four issue arc of STAR WARS: EMPIRE by Scott Allie and Ryan Benjamin, explores an assassination attempt by Imperial higher-ups to dislodge Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader from within the organization they run.
As Grand Moff Trachta takes control of an army of Stormtroopers loyal only to him, the Emperor sends Darth Vader to Dargulli to find out which lightsaber-wielding individual cut down a different group of ‘Troopers. Trachta confides in Grand Moff Bartam and a group of others his ultimate plan: to rid the Empire of the Sith. They intend to take out Palpatine on Coruscant with their resources and arrange it so that Vader never returns from his mission.
As part of the plan to get rid of Vader, a false Rebel signal goes out that the Imperials just can’t resist. Once docked though, it becomes clear that they stumbled into a trap as the ship explodes. Vader flies out into the destruction with lightsaber lit and slashes his way through debris ultimately landing safely back on his vessel. Assuming the Rebels set the trap, they double efforts to find out who sent the false message.
Back on Coruscant, a fake assassination attempt leads Palpatine to call for more guards which just so happen to account for half of the legion loyal to Trachta. The other half stands onboard the ship carrying Vader. As anyone who’s seen the original trilogy knows, Grand Moff Trachta’s plan ultimately fails, but the how and why of it all makes for a thrilling story!
Filled with intrigue, double crosses, flashbacks to Anakin Skywalker’s earlier days and even an appearance by Boba Fett, “Betrayal” once again proves that just about any kind of story can fit within the world of Star Wars.
From the Jedi Temple Archives
Beginning as a chronicle of Imperial adventures before those pesky Rebels really turned on the juice in “A New Hope,” STAR WARS: EMPIRE acts as a kind of anthology for its entire 40 issue run between 2002 and 2006 though it eventually moves in to a period after the original film. In addition to Allie and Benjamin, creators like John Wagner, Cam Kennedy, Ron Marz, Paul Chadwick, Doug Wheatley, Adriana Melo, and a variety of others all rotated in and out to tell all kinds of stories set in that time.
Next, John Jackson Miller and Dderico Dallocchio introduce the world to newly minted Jedi Kerra Holt in STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT.