Before Disney moved in and destroyed the Extended Universe in one fell swoop, Star Wars fans had a pretty good idea of what went down after the destruction of the second Death Star and the death of Emperor Palpatine.
However, with the books and comics of the extended universe now rendered non-canonical, fans are now very much in the dark about the events which take place between the end of The Return of the Jedi and the beginning of J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens.
Luckily, Disney seem intend on filling in this gap with an extended universe of their own. They plan to release 20 different stories in the run up to The Force Awakens' December 18th release date, and today we've got a pretty indepth taste of one of them. Shattered Empire will be Marvel comicbook which fleshes out the post-Return of the Jedi universe and sets up the events of A Force Awakens.
According to GeekTyrant, it will be told through the eyes of C-3PO and will give a general overview of the condition of the Empire following their defeat at Endor. A detailed synopsis for the comic had just been released. Check that out, as well as the cover art for Shattered Empire, below:
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!
This actually seems like an interesting way to continue the story. Although the destruction of the second Death Star and the death of the Emperor provided a cathartic end to the film saga, I did often wonder how exactly this would lead to the ultimate fall of the entire Empire. Isn't this supposed to be a force that governs the entire galaxy? Surely, it is more robust than that?
With that in mind, this story seems to seem more plausible as it will seem to show the various backstabbing and infighting that invariable breaks out once a powerful leader is killed. If ancient and modern history has shown us anything, it's that killing off an evil dictator is hardly the end of your woes.
Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire will be written by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto and debuts on September 2nd this year.