Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire Paperback
by Greg Rucka
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 136 pages, 1 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Marvel Comics
- Publication Date: 17/11/2015
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9780785197812
- Hardback from £15.49
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Review by DarthDeverell
In <i>Star Wars: Shattered Empire</i>, writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto focus on the events immediately following <i>Return of the Jedi</i>. For his main character, Rucka follows Lieutenant Shara Bey, call sign Green Four, who flew an A-Wing in the attack against the second Death Star. After making it through the battle, she goes down to the planet Endor and reunites with her husband, Sergeant Kes Dameron, part of the Rebel strike team that destroyed the shield generator. Together with Han Solo, they take part in a mission to ferret out remaining Imperials on the forest moon where they learn the locations of other Imperial bases. The following issues in this trade paperback that collects the four issue limited series depict Shara Bey as she aides Princess Leia in saving the planet Naboo, which was fated for purging following the Emperor's death, as well as a mission with Luke Skywalker to retrieve trees imbued with the Force from an Imperial research lab.Rucka's story gives the first glimpse of Star Wars' main characters immediately following <i>Jedi</i> and offers tantalizing clues as to their futures. Leia displays some aptitude for the Force, sensing the lingering presence of Darth Maul on Naboo, while Luke continues to research the Force. Shara Bey and Kes Dameron have an infant son, Poe, who appears briefly in Rucka's story and will play a role in the upcoming <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. Rucka's episodic story structure worked particularly well as a monthly comic, but feels a bit disjointed in this collected edition. Issues 1 and 4 have self-contained stories while issues 2 and 3 are a longer story. This does not detract from the stories themselves, but simply reflects the monthly nature of comic books. Checchetto's art is lavish when depicting battles and dogfights and intimate quality when necessary. His portrayal of Leia sensing Maul's lingering presence is enormously effective. In addition to <i>Shattered Empire</i>, the trade paperback contains issue 1 of Marvel's <i>Star Wars: Princess Leia</i> and the first issue of Marvel's 1977 adaptation of <i>Star Wars: A New Hope</i>. Those looking for more clues as to the events of <i>The Force Awakens</i> will find some hints, while Shara Bey is an interesting new addition to the Star Wars universe who will hopefully appear again.