Star Wars: Shattered Empire Gets Synopsis.


Hot off the heels of revealing most of their All-New, All Different Marvel line, Marvel Comics has now taken the ripe opportunity of the forthcoming San Diego Comic Con to unveil more about Shattered Empire, the first Star Wars comic to take place after the events of Return Of The Jedi


From PREVIEWSworld:


In December, a new chapter in the Star Wars saga will begin when Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the seventh Star Wars film and the first to take place after Return of the Jedi — arrives in theaters. As the excitement for the new film builds, Lucasfilm and its partners will explore the aftermath of Return of the Jedi in a series of canonical projects debuting in September, and Marvel Comics leads the way with Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto’s Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1 (JUL150767)!

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!

Greg Rucka, the acclaimed writer of Wolverine and Cyclops, reteams with his collaborator on The Punisher, Marco Checchetto, for a Star Wars tale that will reveal the untold story of the aftermath of the Battle of Endor and the political machinations that ensued. The Rebellion’s desperate struggle to liberate the galaxy from the Empire’s tyranny will face new challenges, and Rucka and Checchetto will bring their incisive storytelling to a story that no Star Wars fan will want to miss.

A new addition to the Star Wars canon, Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire will take readers into uncharted territory and set the groundwork for the new Star Wars film. Put your Empire Strikes Back soundtrack in the stereo and cue up “The Imperial March” when you read Rucka and Checchetto’s Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1 (JUL150767) this September!

When SDCC hits in a week, we will probably be exposed to a lot more news on the front of Star Wars comics… And possibly even a few new titles! Stay tuned to Star Wars 7 News as we cover the convention and much, much more.

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

31 thoughts on “Star Wars: Shattered Empire Gets Synopsis.

  • July 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Pretty meh artwork compared to the stuff that Dark Horse did. I really think rebooting the EU was the dumbest decision that Star Wars has ever done even though I know it probably had to happen from a financial standpoint. I just wish they only nuked everything from Jedi onward.

    • July 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      i think it was the smartest thing in the long term. while i enjoy a lot of the stories of the ole EU, it was all over the place. I think as the years go by and more new material on all fronts is added up, books, comics, movies, all with cohesive story lines, itll be worth it.

      The irony to me as an old timer is that when the eu really fired up after heir to the empire, people did NOT like it. (they liked heir to the empire generally but not a lot of the ensuing books).

      meh just my two cents.

      i can understand your viewpoint though, if theres a lot of stories you liked its not easy to just accept – oh these dont matter anymore – but i think the long term will benefit with what they did.

    • July 2, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      If you are not impressed with the Star Wars artwork, I would suggest reading the Kanan comics. They are AMAZING.

      • July 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm

        Imo I was quite dissapointed about Kassaday for the central series and thinking that overall Dark Horse was better. Nonetheless the sketches of the upcoming issues look pretty great, so we can say bye bye to the ape version of Luke Skywalker (sorry Cassaday…)

        I am with Drew! Kanan is pretty impressive, so let’s give marvel some time to adapt, I am sure it wasn’t easy all of a sudden to develop so many series at a time.

    • July 3, 2015 at 12:07 am

      @ GRANT: Agreed.

      The Old Republic era deserved a better fate.
      Thrawn and Cade? Not so much.

      Dropping a thermal detonator on the WHOLE thing was wholly unnecessary….

      Oh well. At least Chewie isn’t dead yet.

    • July 3, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Canon, believe it!!!

      • July 3, 2015 at 4:02 am

        People are still bitching about this? Get the hell over it already

    • July 3, 2015 at 5:12 am

      I’m fine with what they did. There was too much fan fiction-type bullshit going on in the EU.

    • July 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      EVERYTHING from the old EU was never on equal canon level as the films.
      George Lucas, his employees at Lucasfilm and even some EU authors said always that the EU was the author’s version of what may have happened before or after the film saga. The real continuation was beholden to Lucas himself.
      Now that Lucas has retired from Star Wars, they decided to treat the EU like they always treated it: It was never the true continuation of the film saga. The big change with the Disney takeover is that from now all new material will be part of the film saga, unlike the old EU.

    • July 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      shut up. dark horses artwork sucked

      • July 4, 2015 at 10:24 pm

        You must be blind

  • July 2, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Does it mean that a moff will take over the empire, during the events between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” and become a grand moff?

    • July 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      How about an Admiral that becomes a Grand Admiral and we name him Thrawn? 🙂

      • July 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        So that you can stab him?

  • July 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Oh wow! It’s the exact same thing as the EU.

    I really enjoyed the soon after ROTJ stories though, so more of the same isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as they have decent writing. Artwork is also better than the other Marvel Starwars comics.

  • July 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Even though I wrote the comment about a moff taking over, I hope they go with your idea Rukh about Grand Admiral Thrawn taking over the empire.

  • July 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I wonder (since the synopses are similar) if this comic series will be a companion to Aftermath, the same story in graphic form, or a completely different story altogether. I’m excited about the post ROTJ stuff.

    • July 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Probably they will tie in in many ways, but I think they’re going to be different stories.

  • July 2, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Before talking about POST-ROJ stories I still understand the Empire’s acceptance of “scum and villainy” allowable on Darth Vader’s home planet Tattoine from “honor among thieves” better than just non-order or recklessness of those who even rage war. That is, Vader accepts Jabba the Hutt (from prequels) because it was Hutt enforcing discipline in sinful things for those who want sinful things and those who want peace (farms of Tattoine, Naboo, etc.) Can co-exist until it goes against the New Order.

    Stories parallel to the way of “old Rome or old Egypt” of where next-highest up (with military support) takes over the “great deceased” seems to be okay and understood. To be applicable to modern day, though, the financers of the war will rush to fill any sudden void. The life-sustaining supporters to Emperor Palpatine “star system nations” also have a void too! Wage new war on them too!? Then supposed allies of the cause being new threats (like post-World War II Russia and China to the Western allied nations). THERE IS MUCH TO TAP INTO WITH EARTH’S OWN HISTORY TO INCORPERATE INTO AN ENLIGHTENED SEQUEL STORY TO ANY ENDING TO A MAJOR WAR! ( ;-)3

  • July 2, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Twenty-year reign of terror you say? It’s 23, not 20, go back to school!

    • July 3, 2015 at 12:39 am

      That bugged me as well.

  • July 3, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Probably the shattered empire will become the first order and once again try to achieve absolute power of the galaxy. Mooahah

  • July 3, 2015 at 2:06 am

    i hear the mouse droid from the original Star Wars is the sith lord the jedi have been looking for over the past 40 years…

  • July 3, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I wonder: The synopsis seems to indicate that the Empire retains control of the galactic core, and yet in the special edition ending of return of the Jedi we see the people of Coruscant celebrating the Emperor’s death and toppling his statue. I wonder, in this comic will the Empire retain control of Coruscant, (thereby contradicting the ending of the Special Edition ROTJ) or will Coruscant wind up in the Rebel Alliance?

    • July 3, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Coruscant’s celebration was most likely a riot portrayed in a positive light. (The Blu-Ray Special Edition movies are the ones treated as the “canon” events of the Original Trilogy.)

      Nothing’s gonna get contradicted, just explained from certain points of views.

    • July 4, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Yeah, sounds like the empire maintains control of all core worlds so most likely it was just people celebrating prematurely. The man they knew was responsible for oppressing them was rumored to be dead so they rioted with joy

  • July 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Is this on canon?

    • July 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Yes, post RotJ

  • July 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm
    Permalink excited we finally get to see what happens in this mysterious time

  • July 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    The prominent position of the storm trouper with the battered up helmet makes me think that character plays a really important part. I’m imagining a battle worn soldier trying to reconcile the empire’s defeat. Perhaps even forming the first order?

  • July 6, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I’m thrilled that they are keeping the fact that the empire was split up, as I think that’s certainly what would happen. It happens when most last empires break up. A few real-world examples: Rome, Mongolia, Of course the Colonial Powers, The Soviet Union(though not an empire), just to name a few. It just makes sense.

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