Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review: Star Wars: Shattered Empire (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Star Wars: Shattered Empire (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto (Illustrator), Phil Noto (Illustrator) Paperback, 136 pages Published November 2015 by Marvel Comics

I picked this up at the library for a couple reasons. I enjoy Star Wars tales always, but I was interested in what Greg Rucka would do with the universe. A novelist who writes crime and thrillers he has written really good runs on Batman, The punisher and more. I also was interested in what Marvel/ Disney was doing to reset the expanded universe now that they have thrown out the old EU.

The cover is super cheezy but the internal art and the indivdual covers of the Shattered Empire comic were very good. While the saga characters are all there the main character is a pilot named Shara. In the aftermath of the Death Star attack she is considering leaving the rebellion to start a life with her husband who is also a rebel. They have a young child they never see. My favorites of the stories is one where she goes on a adventure with Luke.

This issue also comes with a teaser first issue of A Princess Leia comic that was better than I expected. It also has a copy of the adapation of A New Hope Marvel did back in 1977.

Marvel seems to be doing an OK job with Star Wars I am not yet sold that they are doing better than Dark Horse did, but will keep reading.

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