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Comic Review: Star Wars: Shattered Empire – The Morning After

By Jeff Ayers

Comic Review: Star Wars: Shattered Empire - The Morning After

Writer: Greg Rucka

Artists: Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa


Marvel Comics

Right from the beautiful cover, done by Phil Noto, fans of the Star Wars Universe know that this book is important. Not only is the cover depicting the party on Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi, but the tag line at the top is “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Obviously, all of the march towards these Star Wars titles that Marvel has been dropping has been a lead up to the new movie due out in December, but this is the first title to explicitly express that.

Right from the first page it hooks you in, depicting the iconic final battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, as the evil Emperor looks on. This is the backdrop to the dog fight happening just outside the windows, and it is all brought to life beautifully by Checchetto and Mossa. When you watch Return of the Jedi, the fight is happening in the background, and as a viewer you are totally aware of it, but the focus is clearly on the battle between light and dark, and the redemption of a father to his son. It is pretty neat then, that this book takes the incredible action happening in the peripheral and makes it front and center.

Comic Review: Star Wars: Shattered Empire - The Morning After

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A few squadrons of X-Wings and various assault ships are putting up a good fight, but they are outnumbered and outgunned. Thanks to the great flying of Green – Four, and the timing of Princess Leia and Co. on the surface knocking out the defense systems, the Rebels are able to win the day. But it is really interesting to see the smaller side of the events as they unfold. Case in point: Green Four, whose name is Shara, is the ship that finds the craft in which Luke is fleeing the Death Star, with the remains of Darth Vader. It’s a well placed nod to the fan base, and works really well in the story.

The true plot of this series, one can only hope, will center around Shara and her husband – who was a ground troop along with Han Solo and Leia trying to disable the defense systems of the Death Star from the surface of Endor. These two give a good glimpse of some normalcy compared to the epic events that are unfolding, with the larger than life characters like Lando, Luke, and Han. The issue ends up with the morning after the celebration on Endor with Ewoks, as seen in the last scene of Return of the Jedi. It seems there are still Empire troops dug in on the other side of Endor, and it would be in bad taste to leave the poor Ewoks to fend for themselves, after they so valiantly helped the rebels just the previous day.

Comic Review: Star Wars: Shattered Empire - The Morning After

The “Best There Is”: There has been a lot of talk lately surrounding all the new Star Wars titles coming out of Marvel Comics, good and bad. The word “canon” is thrown around a lot from both sides, also for reasons good and bad. But with a story like this, I really don’t care if it’s “canon” or not, yet the title on the cover suggests that it 100 percent is canonical. I love seeing the events we already know from the movie, unfold in a slightly different light thanks to a new perspective. I hope this plot point continues on through this series, and I also wonder just how important this series might get as its self dubbed “the road to The Force Awakens.” Only time, and the next few issues, will tell.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: As spot on as the color palates by Mossa are, I was pulled out of the action a few times by the creative liberties that Checchetto takes with some of the more iconic characters. Art, by definition, is the sole interpretation of the artists, and I am not faulting either of them. I only offer the idea that this being the first issue, many of the faces seemed to shift slightly from panel to panel in their overall appearance, and hopefully that is just the artists getting gather footing in this book.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. Star Wars: Shattered Empire is a seriously fun read that picks up right after the famous end sequence of Return of the Jedi. While it is really cool to see what happens next, I hope this book can find its artistic footing and also keep up the intensity and allure of the plot it has laid out in the first issue.


Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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