Want to know what went down in that galaxy far. far away during the 30 years between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? At last we have a hint.
During Star Wars Celebration last April, Disney/Lucasfilm announced plans for a whole plethora of books and comics to arrive between September and December 2015, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens, that will fill in the history of what happened before we see the J.J. Abrams-directed movie. The entire series is called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and newly revealed is the synopsis for the Marvel prequel comic book called Star Wars: Shattered Empire that's written by Greg Rucka (Wolverine), with art by Marco Checchetto (The Punisher). It reads (via PREVIEWSworld/Slashfilm):
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!
So the Empire is still around in some form -- and probably pretty angry -- as Shattered Empire begins, and the four-issue limited series will probably provide some sort of glimpse into the machinations that lead to the evolution of the Empire into the First Order of the film.
Shattered Empire #1 comes out Sept. 2, and all four issues will be collected into a trade paperback that arrives on Nov. 17 -- a little over a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Dec. 19 and picks up the story. WIll you be reading?