Marvel Announces the First Star Wars Epic Collection

Last month, Marvel revealed their first new Star Wars collection with a “Marvel Years” Omnibus collecting classic decades-old Marvel issues. Now, Marvel’s plans for the Star Wars galaxy are beginning to become a bit more clear with the reveal of a trade paperback in their Epic line. “Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1″ reveals that Marvel will, indeed, be reprinting Dark Horse material. The official description reads as follows:

Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader!

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP sales & marketing David Gabriel. “We’ll be bouncing around to different periods of Star Wars history with each Epic Collection, constructing one huge tapestry, collecting full unbroken runs of all the greatest Star Wars comics from the past 35 years.”

“Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1″ will include Star Wars: Republic 78-80, Star Wars: Purge – Seconds to Die 1, Star Wars: Purge – The Hidden Blade 1, Star Wars: Purge – The Tyrant’s First 1-2, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command 1-5 and star Wars: Dark Times 1 -5. Check out the cover art below!

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