In the Star Wars Legends timeline, Luke Skywalker was corrupted to the Dark Side by a resurrected Emperor Palpatine, becoming his new apprentice.
Star Wars: Dark Empire is the epic comic series from Dark Horse Comics that was one of Star WarsFans get their first look at the events that occurred after Return of the Jedi. At the time, the Dark Empire was canonical, showing the adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han as they continued to fight the Imperial Remnant through the stars to create the New Republic. Luke Skywalker’s journey after Episode VI in this story was particularly challenging, as the appeal of the dark side became too much for the young Jedi, leaving him with no choice but to become the apprentice of a reborn Emperor in this incredible tale that is now has become a Star Wars Legend.
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Dark Empire came from the minds of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy in the early 90s of Dark Horse Comics, and took place only six years after the events of Return of The Jedi, where the second Death Star, Darth Vader, and the Emperor were destroyed. . During this time, the Rebel Alliance has evolved into the New Republic and they are working hard to fight the remaining Imperial forces scattered across the galaxy. Luke Skywalker’s power has grown as well, now capable of taking down a full Imperial Walker with ease. However, Luke begins to feel the pull of the dark side. Fearing for the safety of his sister and her allies, Luke heads for the source of the dark side’s call.
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Amazingly, Luke comes face to face with none other than the reborn Emperor, having achieved a form of immortality through the dark side, transferring his spirit in the Force to the clone bodies he has created. Obviously, this was an element that Disney decided to adapt after their purchase of the Star Wars franchise, which they used in The Rise of Skywalker, despite debugging pre-2014 books and comics from the canon and timeline, labeling them Legends. Regardless, Luke’s journey is incredibly dynamic and engaging, as the Emperor offers Luke a place by his side, viewing him as a far more powerful and suitable apprentice than Vader. Faced with the Emperor’s power, Luke believes that he can experience the dark side without fully embracing him, allowing him to destroy the Emperor from within. In his wrong thinking, Luke agrees and becomes the Emperor’s new apprentice.
Of course, Luke underestimated the appeal and temptations of the dark side and its ability to so easily corrupt. Ultimately, Luke couldn’t resist and truly became Palpatine’s new apprentice, experiencing new levels of power that he had never known before and that Vader could never have attained. However, Leia was also strong in strength. Unlike Rise of Skywalker, where it was revealed that Leia abandoned her Jedi training for the sake of her son, Leia’s version of the Dark Empire was still training to become a Jedi, and she was determined to bring her brother back to life. light. Luke and Leia crossed lightsabers in front of the Emperor, whose true wishes were revealed, seeking to inhabit and possess Leia’s powerful unborn child. However, Leia manages to break the dark side’s influence on Luke, showing him the bright future he has seen: his brother training all of his sons to be strong and brave Jedi (he would have three in the Legends timeline).
Strengthened by his sister’s words, Luke fights the Emperor, who had unleashed a chaotic storm of dark side energy that even he could not fully control. Working together, the Skywalker brothers cause that same energy to take over Palpatine, destroying him, for the moment. After being brought back to light by Leia, Luke announces that the Jedi will rise again, with the intention of restarting the New Jedi Order.
While this has, of course, now become non-canon, it’s not hard to see the locations where Disney used and adapted quite a few elements from the massively popular series for its new Sequel Trilogy. However, it would have been extremely interesting and huge if Disney had decided to make Luke’s temporary shift to the dark side canon as well. Luke explains to his sister that part of his choice to become the Emperor’s apprentice was due to his need to know why his father chose the dark side, knowing that it was the result of fear and the tantalizing promise of power to fight it. In this way, Luke’s fate became that of his father Darth Vader, redemption and all. Despite now being a Star Wars legend, she may be one of the best in the entire world. Star Wars galaxy and therefore worth remembering.
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