After the Disney deal went through and the canon “rebooted,” I made a commitment to start fresh collecting Star Wars comics in earnest. I had a handful of original Marvel books and kept up with the Dark Horse titles for a few years, but I was never fully able to catch up (same with the novels, etc.). The continuity reorganization gave me a fresh starting point and as of this moment I’ve read pretty much every Star Wars comic published since the change. I love what Marvel, IDW, and the Lucasfilm Story Group have been doing with the comics, bringing in some of the absolute best talent in the industry to tell great stories that compliment the films. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of this talent at various conventions over the past few years, and it has been great to be able to let them know how much I appreciate the work they’ve been doing (and to get signatures for my collection). So that’s what this post is all about, just sharing the books I’ve had signed and my appreciation for the creators.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Star Wars: Shattered Empire issue 4 hit comic shops today, concluding the story. After reading the final issue, I can confidently recommend the series to pretty much anyone anticipating The Force Awakens.
Shattered Empire is incredibly approachable and new-reader friendly- all you really need to enjoy it is a passing familiarity with the films. The book begins where Return of the Jedi ends: The Battle of Endor. As you may have expected from the mere existence of the upcoming sequel film trilogy, the death of Emperor Palpatine did not result in a “happily ever after” for the galaxy.
The miniseries has original trilogy favorites interacting with new characters, two of which have a pretty direct tie to The Force Awakens. The story has everything you’d want from a Star Wars yarn- space battles, romance, a lightsaber, Ewoks… It’s a gorgeous comic, and the dialogue and images flow smoothly from panel to panel. My only real complaint with the book is that it goes by a bit too quickly. I became pretty invested in the story of the two main characters, Shara and Kes. I found their story, despite the space battles and daring rescues, surprisingly grounded and relatable. While I thought the ending was excellent, I wish I had been able to spend more time with them.
If you’ve been curious about the Marvel comics and/or the “new canon” in general, Shattered Empire is a high quality, new-reader friendly book. And it may cause you to look at one Episode VII character in a whole new light on December 18th…
If you want physical copies of the four issues, check your local comic shop
You can buy digital issues (that you can read online or on your iPhone, iPad or Android Device) directly from Marvel
Or the cheapest option would be to wait for the trade paperback collection of the issues, which comes out next month