Order 66
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Order 66
"The time has come. Execute Order 66."

With this short, seven-word transmission to the Grand Army of the Republic, Chancellor Palpatine—having finally revealed himself as Darth Sidious—brings to fruition a millennium of Sith plotting and patience by ushering in the end of the Jedi Order.

As the Clone Wars continue to rage across the galaxy, clone troopers turn on their Jedi generals, whom they now believe to be traitors to the Republic. Few would survive the initial onslaught and the relentless purge follows. 

Though the Sith plan to destroy the Jedi began a thousand years earlier—and has roots even further back in galactic history—the exact method began taking shape much more recently. When a Jedi Master commissions a clone army to protect the Republic, Sidious sees a chance to sow the seeds of the Order’s ultimate downfall and hijacks the project.

Interestingly, Star Wars storytelling has taken two different approaches to explain how the protocol turns the clone troopers against their generals. Karen Traviss’s works—now part of Legends—present the contingency order as something instilled into the clones as part of their training. Later, in The Clone Wars television series and all the Canon works that follow, we find that the protocol was encoded in the behavior modification biochips implanted in the clones’ brains as part of the cloning process. 

Regardless of whether Order 66 was a function of training or literally wired into the clones, its effects were profound. Thousands of Jedi died nearly instantaneously, and many more fell to Darth Vader and the inquisitors, while the galaxy plunged into the “dark times.”

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Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Written by
Matthew Stover
Artwork by
Masterpiece
9.9
9.9
9.9

Every Star Wars movie has an accompanying novelization, but none so impressive as Revenge of the Sith. While it expertly tells the story of the film, it also manages to add to it in unexpected ways. Not only is it the best novelization, it’s a fantastic work of fiction in and of itself.

Matthew Stover outdoes himself in this novelization by painting Obi Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi as glorified super heroes in the eyes of the common man in the Star Wars universe. Somehow, this raises the stakes of one of the most intense episodes of the saga and makes Anakin’s ultimate fate even more impactful.

Masterpiece
9.9
9.9
9.9
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
A tie-in to the Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Jedi Knight games, this novella kicks off a trilogy and features notable characters like Thrawn, Lando Calrissian, and Mon Mothma while providing an early EU example of the plot to steal the Death Star plans.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel

Written by
Karen Traviss
Artwork by
Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4

The job of the clone troopers is simple: destroy the enemy at all costs. But as the war wages on and its atrocities add up, some clones start question their purpose and plan to lay down their arms altogether. Suddenly, a seemingly simple command from Chancellor Palpatine ruins those plans and also leaves them wondering exactly who the enemy is that they’re supposed to destroy.

Karen Traviss—who has proved more than capable of placing the reader inside the helmet of a trooper—is once again successful with this novel. The pain and suspense of the Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith is somehow stretched the entire length of the novel. Readers who have followed the Republic Commandos series can’t miss this part of the story!

Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Imperial Commando: 501st

Written by
Karen Traviss
Artwork by

Order 66 may have unified the galaxy under the Empire’s control, but it split members of the clone army. Just weeks after the order was carried out, former brothers-in-arms now find themselves on opposite sides. Will they ultimately choose to serve their Emperor or their ex-comrades, the Jedi? And just how far are they willing to go in the process?

While the Jedi may have gotten the worst of it, Karen Traviss manages to brilliantly portray the struggle of the clones following Order 66. This book serves as a fitting end to her run with the Republic Commandos.

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1 (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jimmy Cheung
Very Good
8.6
8.6
8.6
Charles Soule achieved true greatness with his run on Darth Vader. Conceived of as “baby Vader,” Soule sought to pick up the story of the newly armored Dark Lord directly after Revenge of the Sith. He hasn’t been Darth Vader very long; in fact, at the beginning of the story, he’s still more Anakin Skywalker than Sith Lord. This is the story of how Vader finished becoming Vader. The story arcs of Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith tell crucial moments in Vader’s history in original and epically creative ways. The first volume tells of his quest to create his own red-bladed lightsaber, taking advantage of the new canon lore regarding taking a Jedi’s lightsaber and conforming the crystal to his will by “bleeding” the crystal. From there, we find Vader on a mission to find the remaining Jedi on his hit-list who escaped Order 66—including an incredibly compelling clash with none other than the Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu. The final arc is the continuation of Vader’s quest from Episode III to save Padmé from dying, as he looks to open a portal to Rebels’ World between Worlds to bring her back to life. It’s also the story of the origin of Vader’s Castle, introduced in Rogue One. Not to mention the introduction of another Sith, Lord Momin! This series is one you don’t want to miss.
Very Good
8.6
8.6
8.6
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2 (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Giuseppe Camuncoli
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
An absolute standout volume from an already spectacular comics series, Soule's second Vader volume pits him against Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu as she seeks to build a new academy to secretly train a new generation of Jedi—and we see her in action like we never thought possible!
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 3 (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Giuseppe Camuncoli
Incredible
9.2
9.2
9.2
The third volume of Charles Soule's monumental Vader series continues his rampage against the few Jedi survivors who remain hidden after Order 66. Originally pitched by Soule as "Baby Vader," this series is set immediately after the events of Revenge of the Sith and sees the menacing Dark Lord sever his last ties with the Jedi who once was Anakin Skywalker. This time, the Jedi he's up against is a battle-scarred Saesee Tin, leading a resistance movement on the water world of Mon Cala. And he knows exactly who Vader really is under the helmet. . .
Incredible
9.2
9.2
9.2
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Written by
Matthew Stover
Artwork by
Masterpiece
9.9
9.9
9.9

Every Star Wars movie has an accompanying novelization, but none so impressive as Revenge of the Sith. While it expertly tells the story of the film, it also manages to add to it in unexpected ways. Not only is it the best novelization, it’s a fantastic work of fiction in and of itself.

Matthew Stover outdoes himself in this novelization by painting Obi Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi as glorified super heroes in the eyes of the common man in the Star Wars universe. Somehow, this raises the stakes of one of the most intense episodes of the saga and makes Anakin’s ultimate fate even more impactful.

Masterpiece
9.9
9.9
9.9
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
A tie-in to the Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Jedi Knight games, this novella kicks off a trilogy and features notable characters like Thrawn, Lando Calrissian, and Mon Mothma while providing an early EU example of the plot to steal the Death Star plans.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel

Written by
Karen Traviss
Artwork by
Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4

The job of the clone troopers is simple: destroy the enemy at all costs. But as the war wages on and its atrocities add up, some clones start question their purpose and plan to lay down their arms altogether. Suddenly, a seemingly simple command from Chancellor Palpatine ruins those plans and also leaves them wondering exactly who the enemy is that they’re supposed to destroy.

Karen Traviss—who has proved more than capable of placing the reader inside the helmet of a trooper—is once again successful with this novel. The pain and suspense of the Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith is somehow stretched the entire length of the novel. Readers who have followed the Republic Commandos series can’t miss this part of the story!

Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Imperial Commando: 501st

Written by
Karen Traviss
Artwork by

Order 66 may have unified the galaxy under the Empire’s control, but it split members of the clone army. Just weeks after the order was carried out, former brothers-in-arms now find themselves on opposite sides. Will they ultimately choose to serve their Emperor or their ex-comrades, the Jedi? And just how far are they willing to go in the process?

While the Jedi may have gotten the worst of it, Karen Traviss manages to brilliantly portray the struggle of the clones following Order 66. This book serves as a fitting end to her run with the Republic Commandos.

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1 (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jimmy Cheung
Very Good
8.6
8.6
8.6
Charles Soule achieved true greatness with his run on Darth Vader. Conceived of as “baby Vader,” Soule sought to pick up the story of the newly armored Dark Lord directly after Revenge of the Sith. He hasn’t been Darth Vader very long; in fact, at the beginning of the story, he’s still more Anakin Skywalker than Sith Lord. This is the story of how Vader finished becoming Vader. The story arcs of Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith tell crucial moments in Vader’s history in original and epically creative ways. The first volume tells of his quest to create his own red-bladed lightsaber, taking advantage of the new canon lore regarding taking a Jedi’s lightsaber and conforming the crystal to his will by “bleeding” the crystal. From there, we find Vader on a mission to find the remaining Jedi on his hit-list who escaped Order 66—including an incredibly compelling clash with none other than the Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu. The final arc is the continuation of Vader’s quest from Episode III to save Padmé from dying, as he looks to open a portal to Rebels’ World between Worlds to bring her back to life. It’s also the story of the origin of Vader’s Castle, introduced in Rogue One. Not to mention the introduction of another Sith, Lord Momin! This series is one you don’t want to miss.
Very Good
8.6
8.6
8.6
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2 (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Giuseppe Camuncoli
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
An absolute standout volume from an already spectacular comics series, Soule's second Vader volume pits him against Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu as she seeks to build a new academy to secretly train a new generation of Jedi—and we see her in action like we never thought possible!
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 3 (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Giuseppe Camuncoli
Incredible
9.2
9.2
9.2
The third volume of Charles Soule's monumental Vader series continues his rampage against the few Jedi survivors who remain hidden after Order 66. Originally pitched by Soule as "Baby Vader," this series is set immediately after the events of Revenge of the Sith and sees the menacing Dark Lord sever his last ties with the Jedi who once was Anakin Skywalker. This time, the Jedi he's up against is a battle-scarred Saesee Tin, leading a resistance movement on the water world of Mon Cala. And he knows exactly who Vader really is under the helmet. . .
Incredible
9.2
9.2
9.2
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