If you’re wondering how the events of Return of the Jedi will lead directly up to the events of this December’s The Force Awakens, then it looks like Marvel will be happy to provide the answers for you.
Announcing a comic book limited series yesterday, Marvel Comics’ Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire will presumably begin immediately following the events of the original Star Wars trilogy finale and lead right up to the beginning of the highly anticipated Episode VII. While no specific information was revealed about plot or the creative team taking the book on, Marvel did release this teaser image by renowned comics artist Phil Noto. See it below (and click to enlarge):
Detail-oriented Star Wars fans will notice that this rendering is a faithful recreation of the final image of the original Star Wars trilogy, featuring the primary cast of characters celebrating on the forest moon of Endor shortly after the defeat of Emperor Palpatine and the destruction of the second Death Star. This strongly hints at the series at least beginning at the conclusion of Jedi, and the title lends even more credence to that hypothesis. “Shattered Empire” certainly seems like an apt description for the Empire with the loss of its single leader, and with Darth Vader having died at around the same time, there’s likely a power vacuum that has the potential to send the galaxy into complete disarray.
While much of the original expanded Star Wars universe told stories of the rise of the New Republic in the Empire’s wake, the actual continuity surrounding the new films may take a different approach, especially considering the presence of what look to be Imperial Stormtroopers in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens.
Lucasfilm and Disney previously announced a massive influx of new Star Wars narrative material in the months to come, and this series looks to now be included in that lineup. Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 will be released in September. For more information as it develops, including details about the creative team, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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