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Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire

(Star Wars: Marvel Miniseries)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  5,406 ratings  ·  552 reviews
Journey with us into the time after the end of Star Wars: Episode IV Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto take us past the destruction of the second Death Star--and into the chaos of a shattered Empire. Everything you need to know is right here!

Paperback, 132 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Marvel
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Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only bad thing, really, about Shattered Empire is that the main story is too short. It's only four chapters / issues, and the rest of the volume is padded with a preview of the then-new Princess Leia solo book and, for nostalgia purposes (I guess), the debut issue of Marvel's original SW series from 1977. While the latter is very faithful to first movie, some of the artwork is just atrocious. Luke Skywalker, for example, looks to be middle-aged and resembles He-Man from the 80's cartoon (?!) ...more
Sam Quixote
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Ugh, there are Ewoks in this thing - AND Naboo! Wait, come back, they’re only brief appearances (at least they didn’t show us any Gungans)!

Set directly in the final scenes of Return of the Jedi, Shattered Empire follows Rebel pilot Shara Bey as the Rebellion continues to fight the suddenly leaderless Empire. Who is Shara Bey? Her hubby is Kes Dameron. That’s right, these are the parents of Poe Dameron, Oscar Isaac’s character in The Force Awakens. Pretty tenuous link for a “Journey to The Force
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book kicks off during the battle of Endor and focuses on Shara Bey and her husband Kes Dameron, yes Poe's parents. The book does feature all of the main Star Wars characters but only in how they interact with Shara and Kes. Greg Rucka is a great writer and that trend continues here. Marco Checchetto provides some top notch art. It meshes very well with the Star Wars look. The only negative I have is a 3rd of the book is reprints. It contains the four issues of the series plus Princess Leia # ...more
Gianfranco Mancini
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Gianfranco by: Poe Dameron's diehard fans (they really exist???)

I'm a great fan of Checchetto's art and this volume of Star Wars new comics started good, sadly it turned out being the "how I've met your mother" SW tale of Shalla Bal Shara Bey and Kes Dameron, how Poe's mom was a badass and her interactions with the main iconic characters cast.
Not bad at all, but Poe Dameron is not much one of my most favourite characters ever and his parents too.

Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very strong addition to the SW canon tacked onto the back of the conclusion of Ep VI. Starts with the events moments before the ewoks started blowing off fireworks and playing their victory music in the trees of Endor.

That's how real this book is.

I've got to hand it to Mr. Rucka, the storyline is tight and the pencil work of Marco Checchetto is fantastic. The combination of compelling story (especially one set in a world I adore so dearly) and art that screams to be admired reminds me of the re
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars
It was ok, I guess, but it felt sort of fragmentary and inconsequential. I guess I was expecting more out of it than it was able to deliver. But hey, there are X-Wings, and I love X-Wings.
Paul E. Morph
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a pretty solid little story set immediately after Return of the Jedi. It had nice art and the characters from the movies felt right. I'm probably not the target audience, though, as I don't really care about Poe Dameron's parents, even if he was my favourite character from The Force Awakens.

Apologies for the short review; I'm still feeling very ill.
Quentin Wallace
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This volume was supposed to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It picks up right at the battle of Endor and shows what happens immediately after.

I was little disappointed. To me this story didn't really add anything. We did get to see some of the characters, but really it just came across as a typical Star Wars comic tale rather than something that is supposed to be movie canon. It's basically the story of Poe's parents, so I guess it sort of is important to canon,
Jessamyn Leigh
This was the kind of quality content I'm here for.


Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, marvel
Realistically includes conflict after the battle of endor, which finally makes sense (an empire takes a while to fall apart), Bey and Mr. Dameron are adorable, and LEIA, BEY, AND THE QUEEN OF NABOO TAKE ON AN IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shara, Leia and Soruna are my dream team. Loved it!
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you go by what many fictional stories tell us, when the bad guy is defeated, you mourn your dead and then you throw a party. That's not how reality works. Just ask the soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq and so many other places where the war never ends, even when it's over.

Of course, we don't want our entertainment reflecting that reality. We don't want to sit through Frodo moping around in the burning Shire, or Ender raging against that genocide he was tricked into causing. So wh
3.5 stars, really. I liked the art a lot, and the writing was pretty good as well. Poe's mother Shara Bey is the main character of this one, although his father Kes Dameron makes appearances, too. It takes place in the month after the destruction of the second Death Star, as Shara goes on missions with all of the Big Three, and as the characters in this comic all keep saying, the Empire doesn't seem to have realized they lost. The first issue and Bey's mission with Han was just meh, but I really ...more
5 stars

Good comic. Nice to see Poe's parents, Shara Bey and Kes Dameron. Also nice to see what happened after Return of the Jedi. Nice to see everyone in action.

Can't wait to read more Star Wars material!!!!

Benjamin Barham
I didn't not enjoy it.

It's just lacking in, how do we say... content.

A handful of stories that could easily be one-shots does not a good Star Wars collection make.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
somewhere between three and four. im not sure yet. hmmm.
Lance Shadow
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shattered Empire is a comic collection that showcases the continuing fight between the Rebel Alliance and the evil Galactic Empire following the Battle of Endor. We get to see what the original version of the Star Wars Expanded Universe referred to as the "Big Three" (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia) as well as cameos from other classic characters from the original trilogy such as C3PO, R2D2, and Lando Calrissian. The comic focuses on the parents of Poe Dameron, the awesome new pilot ...more
Chris Greensmith
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
"These are all that remain of the tree that grew at the heart of the Jedi temple on Coruscant."
A great mini prequel to The Force Awakens. We got some.of Poes back story and a little look at what happened after the Battle of Endor. I would have liked more but this was good...4 🌟
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Not that great art. Ok story. This follows what I think are the parents of Poe Dameron in TFA and how they were at Endor fighting. It gives a nice but short view on those final moments and the weeks after that, but not too much info. I'm starting to see these nice winks at other characters from novels being mentioned (Alecia Beck) for we see that this new canon is expanding and getting denser and denser. We get to see Luke and Han and Leia but they're not central to the story which can be a good ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The Fans of Dameron
Ties together the 3 film trilogies fairly neatly, focussing on Poe Dameron's parents with ample guest appearances from Original Trilogy main characters.

If you were hoping for Big Reveals related to plot points from The Force Awakens, however, keep looking because apart from the Dameron family story and how it touches on the events shown in ROTJ and its immediate aftermath, cards are kept pretty close to the vest here.

Nice art, though a bit crowded on some pages- for me, the epic battle sequences
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aww yiss, Poe Dameron's parents are badass! Princess Leia is badass! The Queen of Naboo is badass! I feel like all the new SW books I've read have done a lot of work to point out how important Leia's skillset is and how many sacrifices she's had to make, and this book was no exception.

Also, the art is gorgeous and so is Shara Bey's hair.

this vol also includes #1 of Star Wars: Princess Leia and a reprint of a 70s Star Wars comic, the latter of which is notable mainly for how Luke looks weirdly li
Jordan Lahn
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the most fun part of the Journey Into the Force Awakens I've read so far. Love the first issue, especially seeing the Battle of Endor from the POV of some new characters. I really need to get a new X-Wing comic series ASAP!
The later issues are fun, although Marvel really seems to like bringing Leia back to Naboo...
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

3.5 stars if I could.

Basically, it's the origin story of Poe Dameron. Sorta.

So if you want some history on where or how he came from before the new movie hits - this is the ticket.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Nothing great but not that bad. Art is cool at times
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Follow Shara Bey, the mother of Poe Dameron, on her war service from the battle of Endor on.

This story seems as though it will provide lots of information about the Star Wars heroes between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. What it really provides is a glimpse of Poe Dameron's parents,
most specifically his mother Shara Bey as she fights with the stars of Star Wars. Having already seen The Force Awakens I have to say this doesn't add any information I'd deem useful or interesting to
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Disclaimer: I read the individual comics.

I will confess that this miniseries should have been longer because it was phenomenal between storytelling, the artwork, filling in the missing blank, and providing more questions that hopefully The Force Awakens will answer or for any upcoming post-Return of the Jedi works. Four issues were not enough for me in terms of world building and action but I loved everything about this comic and Di

This graphic novel was everything I loved about the original trilogy + The Force Awakens. It had all my original favourites: Leia, Luke, Han, Lando, PLUS Poe's parents, so it was the best of both worlds, old and new.

All my old favourites (the original trio + Lando) were beautifully in character, from Han and Lando's playful banter, through Leia being a badass, all the way to Luke being a huge drama queen. While I feel like we didn't really get to know Kes Dameron in this Volume, Shara Be
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, comics
Published as part of Marvel’s “Journey to the Force Awakens” programme, this four-issue mini-series picks up immediately after “Return Of The Jedi” and explores the galactic implications of Emperor Palpatine’s death during the Battle Of Endor. Focussing on Poe Dameron’s parents - Rebel pilot Shara Bey (who almost blasts Luke as he leaves the Death Star) and her husband Kes Dameron (part of Han Solo’s strike team) - it reads well and has a good pace, taking a logical approach to the story threads ...more
Jonathan Maas
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good !
Shannon Appelcline
As a prelude to The Force Awakens, Shattered Empire does a much better job than the novel Aftermath ... though that's not saying much. Still, it actually starts at the finale of Return of the Jedi, then introduces the parents of Poe, one of the important characters from The Force Awakens.

Rucka generally plays well in the Star Wars sandbox, not just paying respect to the original trilogy and the new trilogy, but also linking things back to the prequel trilogy through its focus on Naboo. It's
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