Years ago, we thought the destruction of the Death Star at the end of Return of the Jedi marked the beginning of peace in a galaxy far, far, away. Unfortunately for our heroes, it didn’t and now we know a little bit of what happened between that and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The first plot description of Star Wars Shattered Empire has just been released and with it comes our best hint yet of how the universe reacted to the death of the Emperor:
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!
Shattered Empire will be released in September from Marvel Comics. It’s part of a larger run of books in all mediums called Journey to the Force Awakens that will be seeded with clues about the new films. And while not all of those books will take place in that mysterious time after Jedi, the ones that will (such as this and the novel Star Wars Aftermath) are by far the most anticipated. Hopefully they’ll finally give answers to questions Star Wars fans have been asking for years about how the Battle of Endor impacted the galaxy.
For the big questions though, like what the heck have Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia been up to since that battle, we’ll likely have to wait until December 18.
Here’s a full cover of issue 1.