So many of the new Star Wars novels and comics that I have read so far take place in between the various original trilogy movies. It was nice to read something that occurs during the three decade-plus gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Marvel has been good about releasing preludes to the films in their cinematic universe, but none of the ones I have read so far have contained any vital information–not that I was expecting spoilers or anything. IDW publishes preludes to the Star Trek films, and for the most part they have been very good. The one for Into Darkness had the backstory to something that was in the film. It was nothing major, but it was nice. Shattered Empire is somewhere in between the two.
If you are looking for a prelude to The Force Awakens, Shattered Empire is not the story you’re looking for (sorry). For that information, pick up a copy of the young reader novel called Before the Awakening–I enjoyed it immensely. Like Before the Awakening, Shattered Empire is written by Greg Rucka. The difference between the two is that Shattered Empire is a comic book–but that’s not a bad thing.
Shattered Empire starts off with the Battle of Endor, which many people presume to be the end of the war–but nothing could be farther from the truth. There are many Imperial officers who are refusing to concede. For more on this time period, I suggest you read Lost Stars.
In Shattered Empire, we learn a bit about Poe Dameron’s parents, both of whom were members of the Alliance, and were at the Battle of Endor. Poe’s mother was a pilot, and his father was one of the commandos on the forest moon. I have been wondering if this story was written as way to connect Episodes VI and VII, or if there is a larger plan. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
It might make for and interesting day to read Moving Target, watch Return of the Jedi, and end with Shattered Empire. Maybe I will do that on my next day off.
Shattered Empire – written by Greg Rucka; art by Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta, and Emilio Laiso