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Shattered Empire, Part I is the first issue of Star Wars: Shattered Empire, published by Marvel Comics. The issue was written by Greg Rucka and penciled by Marco Checchetto[1][2] It is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and was published on September 9, 2015.

Publisher's summaryEdit

  • Emperor Palpatine's twenty-year reign of terror came to an abrupt and fiery end in the skies above the forest moon of Endor. A decisive victory for the Rebel Alliance, to be sure, but even with the loss of its leadership, the Empire's Moffs and regional governors retained their hold on important systems from the Core to the Outer Rim, thanks to the might of the Imperial Starfleet. Now, with a power vacuum atop the Empire, those Moffs will jockey for position and control, and the heroes of the Rebel Alliance will soon discover that a wounded and fractious Empire may be more dangerous than any threat they faced before![9]

Plot summaryEdit

SHATTERED EMPIRE
Part I
It is the final moments of the BATTLE OF
ENDOR. Amidst the stars about the Forest
Moon, Rebel forces have engaged the evil
Galactic Empire in a desperate, final
confrontation, hoping to end the tyrannical
rule of Emperor Palpatine and bring peace
to a wearied and battered galaxy.

But the Rebel Fleet has fallen into a trap.
The second DEATH STAR is fully operational,
and on Endor's moon, the energy shield
protecting it still stands. What was to be a
moment of triumph now teeters on the brink
of disaster.

Now, rebel pilots have engaged Imperial
forces in furious dogfights, frantically
trying to protect the Rebellion's capital
ships, and to buy enough time to rescue
victory from the jaws of defeat...

In the final moments of the Battle of Endor, Green Squadron escorts Gold Leader during the attack on the Death Star II's main reactor. Green Four (Shara Bey) intercepts a Lambda-class shuttle escaping from the Death Star, nearly shooting down Luke Skywalker before confirming his identity.

With the battle station destroyed, Bey and the other surviving pilots return to the Rebel fleet, and are then shuttled to Endor where the rebellion is celebrating its victory with the native Ewoks. Bey seeks out and finds her husband, Kes Dameron, and they spend the night together in a hut before Dameron is called out to another mission to destroy an Imperial holdout on the far side of the moon.

Bey volunteers as the mission's pilot, and as Dameron and the Pathfinders unit start their attack, he mentions that he was thinking they should find a nice planet and build a house. Bey questions his timing of such a proposal in the midst of a battle, and worries as the strike team is inside the base for a long time.

As they emerge, Han Solo announces that the computers in the outpost contain a lot of data and communications, including details of many Imperial plans, and that "It's not over yet."

DevelopmentEdit

The Marvel comic miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire was first announced on March 10, 2015 as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens series of novels, comics, and other books leading up to the December 18, 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[11] Shattered Empire was announced as the title of the comic series on March 13, 2015. The announcement was made on StarWars.com and included the first issue's cover, featuring the main original trilogy characters from the final scene of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[5]

In celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, 2016, Marvel re-released Shattered Empire 1 as part of its "True Believers" budget reprint program, which reprints popular comic titles for the suggested retail price of $1.[12]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Marvel Book Previews (September–December 2015) (PDF). Edelweiss (2015-04-08). Retrieved on April 8, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marvel's Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka & Marco Checchetto. Marvel.com (2015-04-17). Retrieved on April 24, 2015.
  3. Marvel's Road to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Begins with "Shattered Empire" #1. Comic Book Resources (2015-03-13). Retrieved on April 11, 2015.
  4. SWCustom-2011 The Battle of Endor Looms in Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1's Variant Cover – Exclusive Reveal! on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 SWCustom-2011 Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 From Marvel – Sneak Peek! on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  6. MarvelLogo Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire (2015) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website
  7. TwitterLogo @cracksh0t (Jordan D. White) on Twitter. “@DarthSpiriah Four.” (screenshot)
  8. JOURNEY STAR WARS FASE #2 (OF 4). PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on July 8, 2015.
  9. Shattered Empire Lays Groundwork For New Star Wars Film. PREVIEWSworld.com.
  10. Marvel Comics Full September 2015 Solicitations. Newsarama (2015-06-16). Retrieved on June 26, 2015.
  11. SWCustom-2011 "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Publishing Program Coming Fall 2015 on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  12. Marvel celebrating May the 4th with True Believers: Star Wars. Although released on May 4, 2016, all of Marvel's "True Believers" Star Wars Day titles indicate a July 2016 publication date in their front matter.

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