When the Empire series of comics first came about, I was unenthusiastic at most. In my mind, I'd seen countless continuations of Original Trilogy back stories all the way from comics such as the original Marvel series to Shadows of the Empire. It simply seemed that there wasn't much more room to fit all these stories into with the time span between the three original films being only four years.
Never the less, upon first picking up Empire: Darklighter, I was blown away! The art was clean and crisp, the story, which largely concentrated on side characters, fit perfectly with EU continuity and the drama was engrossing! This comic made me truly enjoy the character of Biggs Darklighter, so much so that I instantly rewatched, for the hundredth time mind you, the Battle of Yavin sequence during A New Hope.
Whether you're a die hard Fanboy, or simply enjoy the movies, Darklighter is an anthology that you don't want to miss, and one that I'm confident will be compared to the likes of Dark Empire and Tales of the Jedi.
With it rekindling my love of Star Wars comics, its powerful drama, and wonderful storytelling, Darklighter has earned its title as an EU gem!