We have come in contact with several talented artists over the last few years, and it is our pleasure to promote a new project from one of these amazing talents. Costume designer and concept artist John Burns has been working on a fan comic titled Star Wars: Eternal Empire, a six-issue mini-series that will explore the period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It’s always fun to check out a little fan fiction from time to time, especially from creators as gifted as Burns. Read on for an exclusive preview of the upcoming comic series that will be released for free online over the course of 2018.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the fallout of the Emperor’s demise, and I can’t wait to tell the story of what it meant for the Galaxy.”
Synopsis (from John Burns):
Following the destruction of the second Death Star, the Galactic Empire regains its strength and becomes a more oppressive force than ever before. Together, the last Guardian of the Whills, the son of the ruthless Imperial Marshal, and a small time pirate captain set out on a race to find the first Jedi Temple and restore hope to a despairing Galaxy, before the Empire ensures its victory once and for all.
The story features a few elements from the Canon novels, but because the period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens is continually being developed in the official Canon, a lot of the story has begun to conflict with Canon. After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided that the best way to deal with this is to consider the story “a Star Wars Legend”. The goal is to at least maintain continuity with the films, but the story will probably contradict a lot of details in the novels, comics, and TV shows.
The benefit to this approach is that it gives me the creative freedom I need to create the best story I can. I’ve always been fascinated by the fallout of the Emperor’s demise, and I can’t wait to tell the story of what it meant for the Galaxy. You’re going to love it!
Karis was raised by the Guardians of the Whills, and is the last living member of their order. When her past comes back to haunt her, she finds herself on the run, a top fugitive of the Empire. Karis carries a heavy secret with her—one she’s been running from her entire life, and one that makes her extremely dangerous to the Empire’s plans.
Boe Torson is a highly celebrated hero and captain of the Empire. The son of Grand Marshal Torson, Boe was trained at a young age to be one of the most effective operatives in the Empire – a reputation he has most certainly earned. Headstrong and charismatic, Boe is an effective leader in combat, although his superiors worry that fear is the only thing keeping him in line.
Grand Marshal Gunther Torson is a legendary figure, and is the leader of the Imperial Army. An advocate of fear, Gunther leads with an iron fist, striking terror into the hearts of his foes…as well as his own men. He has greater ambition than the Emperor himself, and would see the Galaxy burn if it meant he had conquered it.
As the highest ranking officer of the Imperial Security Bureau, the Imperial Inspector is both charged and obsessed with enforcing loyalty to the Empire and hunting down its traitors. Even after the Emperor’s death, his loyalty remains unchanged, and there are none who supersede his authority on matters of security—not even Torson himself. This conflict for authority causes tension when the Inspector’s demands for security interfere with Torson’s expansionist ambition, but the Inspector will not be refused.
Captain Marlo is a pirate captain. Despite his ego and flamboyant personality, Marlo has virtually no public reputation or documentation, and takes every precaution to maintain a low profile due to his paranoia of the Empire—even going so far as to dress like a common bounty hunter. Whether the prize is big or small, Marlo is up for any job that will get him closer to his goal of becoming the wealthiest pirate in the Galaxy.
I know I will definitely be checking out this comic next year, so look for updates on it as each issue releases. We will most likely review the series as well. I’m loving the designs of the characters so far and his fan-casting is on point (Tom Hardy and Rufus Sewell? Yes, please.). Be sure to check out more of John’s amazing work here. For more information on this project stay tuned to SWNN or follow John Burns on Twitter. Until next time Star Wars fans…may the Force be with you!