Star Wars: Shattered Empire is a four-part Star Wars comic book miniseries,[10] written by Greg Rucka[1] and penciled by Marco Checchetto[2] set between Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The series is part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens multimedia program. It began publication on September 9, 2015[8] and concluded publication on October 21, 2015.[9] The trade paperback was released on November 18, 2015.[11]

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![12]


Greg Rucka originally pitched a comic featuring Lando Calrissian with characters from his book Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure, like Delia Leighton, Alecia Beck and TX-828. When Phil Noto's promotional art recreating the final shot of Return of the Jedi was shown at Celebration Anaheim, Rucka realized he would be "killed" when readers learned the original trilogy's heroes were not the focus, so he wrote a new pitch teaming them up with Poe Dameron's parents. Rucka pondered what Shara Bey's adventure with Luke Skywalker could be, as he did not want Luke searching for a holocron: Pablo Hidalgo suggested using the Force-sensitive tree from The Clone Wars series, which Rucka felt was a strong metaphor for rebuilding the galaxy.[13]


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Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
IssueTitlePublication dateTrade paperbackPublication date
1Part I September 9, 2015[8]
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire[1]
November 18, 2015[11]
2Part II October 7, 2015[14]
3Part III October 14, 2015[15]
4Part IV October 21, 2015[9]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marvel Book Previews (September–December 2015) (PDF). Edelweiss (2015-04-08). Retrieved on July 18, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marvel's Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka & Marco Checchetto. (2015-04-17). Retrieved on April 24, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Johnston, Rich. Star Wars: Shattered Empire Gains Angel Unzueta And Emilio Laiso To The Force. Bleeding Cool. Retrieved on August 29, 2015.
  4. 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.
  5. SWCustom-2011 The Battle of Endor Looms in Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1's Variant Cover – Exclusive Reveal! on (backup link on
  6. 6.0 6.1 Amazon favicon Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire on
  7. 7.0 7.1 Breznican, Anthony (2015-03-10). Star Wars to release 20 books in journey to The Force Awakens -- exclusive. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on March 10, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 JOURNEY STAR WARS FASE #1 (OF 4). PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on June 26, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 JOURNEY STAR WARS FASE #4 (OF 4). PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on July 15, 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 TwitterLogo @cracksh0t (Jordan D. White) on Twitter. “@DarthSpiriah Four.” (screenshot)
  11. 11.0 11.1 STAR WARS TP JOURNEY TO SW FORCE AWAKENS SHATTER EMPIRE. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on July 18, 2015.
  12. Shattered Empire Lays Groundwork For New Star Wars Film. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on July 4, 2015.
  13. PODCAST INTERVIEW: Before the Awakening – SWR #202. Star Wars Report (2015-12-29). Retrieved on December 30, 2015.
  14. JOURNEY STAR WARS FASE #2 (OF 4). PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on July 8, 2015.
  15. JOURNEY STAR WARS FASE #3 (OF 4). PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on July 15, 2015.

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