First off, a little front page mention to help you show off this fantastic new chapter you've shared with us!
This first chapter is really a step up from the Darkchild series in my opinion, which was already stellar. But what you've done here is bring to life an era that seems to be almost forgotten in the current Star Wars media... and I dig that a lot. This timeline needs more attention; and I'm pretty sure that we WILL see more of it in the future as Lucasfilm eventually shifts its focus off the Clone Wars.
Your presentation here is nothing short of amazing. The imagery is great, but you've really developed a very nice comic book feel, with the variety of images and the text boxes - those are very well done and much easier to follow and read than before... I really liked the conversation between Palpatine and Vader here, and the image work on Vader expecially was great... loved the reflections in his helmet. Wow! I wasn't sure about the eyes on Palpatine though, they seemed just a bit too much. But, that's a very small criticism in a chapter full of breathtaking images.
As for the Amazeem portion of the chapter, again you exceed expectations... the images here are great (the cockpit shots looking out over space are amazing!!!!) as is the dialogue. Love the customs too, though I kind of wish you hadn't used a Luke head for Ace, as it's so recognizeable. Oh well, that's okay! And did they fly the same kind of freighter as Han in the game? I can't remember, but I do seem to remember seeing that ship in the original X-Wing game (or the second one, it's been so long?).
Again, excellent work here. You've really gone above and beyond with this first installment in your new series and set the stage for some great excitement in the next chapter.