Star Wars: Im­pe­rial Hand­book

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Sub­ti­tled “A Com­man­der’s Guide”, this is a Star Wars ref­er­ence book mas­querad­ing as an arte­fact from a gal­axy far, far away.

Luke Sky­walker’s in­tro ex­plains that the book dates from just be­fore the de­struc­tion of the first Death Star, and con­tains all the in­for­ma­tion a new Im­pe­rial of­fi­cer would need to un­der­stand the Em­pire’s mil­i­tary.

Fea­tur­ing en­tries by recog­nis­able Im­pe­rial types ( Cap­tain Pi­ett, Ad­mi­ral Ozzel, the Em­peror him­self), it’s packed with info on the Em­pire’s history and hard­ware, Rebel scum and more – though the pro­pa­ganda tone means we prob­a­bly can’t be­lieve ev­ery­thing.

Rebel com­man­ders have scrib­bled com­ments in the mar­gins, so we get to see Han and Leia’s “hand­writ­ing”.

Look care­fully and you can find hints at the new, cross- media Star Wars con­ti­nu­ity – Han con­firms that, as in the old “Le­gends” ex­panded uni­verse, he at­tended the Im­pe­rial Academy be­fore be­com­ing a smug­gler.

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