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4LN Comic Review – Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1

Series: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa
Publisher: Marvel

Summary from Comixology:

Emperor Palpatine’s twenty-year reign of terror came to an abrupt and fiery end in the skies above the forest moon of Endor. A decisive victory for the Rebel Alliance, to be sure, but even with the loss of its leadership, the Empire’s Moffs and regional governors retained their hold on important systems from the Core to the Outer Rim, thanks to the might of the Imperial Starfleet. Now, with a power vacuum atop the Empire, those Moffs will jockey for position and control, and the heroes of the Rebel Alliance will soon discover that a wounded and fractious Empire may be more dangerous than any threat they faced before! For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.

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Overview-
It’s no secret that I love Star Wars – although recently a friend of mine has made me feel slightly inadequate in my fandom – so when Marvel announced Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire (which will now be called simply Shattered Empire) I immediately added it to my subscription list and eagerly awaited September 9, 2015.

Shattered Empire is a mini-series that, along with a whole slew of novels that just came out, fills in some of the thirty year gap between the destruction of the second Death Star over the forest moon of Endor.  Rucka wastes no time getting into the action.  Shattered Empire kicks off right in the middle of the Battle of Endor.  We are following Rebel A-Wing pilot named Shara Bey as she desperately waits for the shield generator to be destroyed so they can destroy the Death Star.  As a Star Wars fan, it’s pretty awesome getting to see what was happening during the space battle while the Ewoks were viciously beating Stormtroopers to death.  We also get to see what happens immediately after the credits roll in Return of the Jedi, and it shows that the Rebellion’s work isn’t done just yet.

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I was very impressed with Rucka’s story-telling ability in this issues.  It’s clear that he did his homework, and is able to craft a great Star Wars tale that starts near the end of Return of the Jedi and ends the day after the credits roll.  Checchetto’s art is equally fantastic.  As you would expect, the dogfights around the second Death Star are extremely chaotic, but the art is easy to follow.  He also nails the main heroes look and feel (Han Solo is particularly awesome).

Overall, this was a great issue.  Shattered Empire #1 is a great read that starts fast and introduces us to new characters that are potentially important in The Force Awakens.  It also gives us a really cool glimpse at what was happening while Luke was fighting Vader and the rest of the heroes were on Endor.  Following Shara during her frantic dogfights while she waiting for the Death Star shield to go down and later when she greets her husband, Kes Dameron (a member of Han Solo’s strike team), on Endor was a great experience.  So, if you haven’t read Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire and are a fan of Star Wars, you need to drop what you are doing and head to your local comic shop or head on over to our friends at Comic Collector Live and get you a copy right now.  Not only does it directly relate to The Force Awakens, it’s also just a great comic.  Until next time, may the Force be with you.

Music Pairing –
I don’t often add music pairings, because I really never listen to music while reading comics like the other guys, but I felt like even though this doesn’t *perfectly* fit Shattered Empire, it would make my fellow 4LNer Stephen Andrew really happy if I included it. So, here it is. Enjoy John Williams’ “Ewok’s Theme” while you read this book, if only because… you know… Ewoks.

 

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Cam Clark

Cam is a husband, father, and a fan of many things. In college, he wrote his senior thesis on Mythological, Philosophical, and Theological Themes in Star Wars, and now spends his days causally specializing in Star Wars, Tolkien, and cubical work. No relation to Bill Clark.

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