by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Marco Chechetto
Published by Marvel, November 17, 2015
136 Pages • ISBN 978-0785197812 • Paperback
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For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (Punisher, Wolverine, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (Avengers World, Punisher) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star - and into the chaos of a Shattered Empire. It's the explosive lead-in to this winter's blockbuster big-screen Star Wars revival, and everything you need to know is right here!
COLLECTING: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #1-4
First off, this is a very loose 3 stars.
So... I'm not really sure what the purpose of this story is? Again, this is another Journey to the Force Awakens that promises in the description to lead us up to The Force Awakens, when in fact this volume pretty much covers 6 months after the Battle of Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star, and for all intents and purposes is a brief history, more or less, of Poe Dameron's mother and how she interacted with most of the main Star Wars players during those six months. There are really only two points in this story that may have some repercussions in TFA, one dealing with the Jedi and another that may be foreshadowing a character's development that has been rumored about wildly.
Much like most of the Journey to the Force Awakens books, I don't actually feel that this sets the stage for the new movie at all, or if it is, it may be a little too vague in its hints to actually be doing me any good. Marco Chechetto's art is fantastic, but that only barely carries this book. I think this could have been a great book, but since the description didn't match up at all with what we were given, I was really discouraged. I'm beginning to think that I just need to skip the comics, as none of them have really lived up to my expectations so far.
For a hardcore Star Wars fan, this would probably be a good addition (even tho I'm a hardcore fan and was left wanting), but the casual fan can completely skip this volume.