Review: Shattered Empire #2

Shattered Empire Review banner 2 Writer: Greg Rucka Artists: Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta, Emilo Laiso Colors: Andres Mossa Cover: Marco Checchetto Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna The Empire has been defeated at the Battle of Endor, the Death Star has been destroyed, Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead, but the Empire is not going down quietly.  The fighting continues, not just on Endor but across the galaxy.
Shattered Empire 2

Shattered Empire #2

We open on the bridge of the Star Destroyer Torment in the Outer Rim.  A mysterious messenger has arrived carrying a secret message from the Emperor himself.  The messenger is something that we have never seen before, it would seem more Star Wars-y to just have a droid deliver the message, but it does make for a more dramatic opening and feels like something a Sith Lord would do. The Alliance is continuing to liberate planets from the remaining Imperial presence bit by bit.  We meet up with Lt Shara Bey as she and her squadron of A-wings fight to liberate Cawa City.  She is a talented pilot and a good fighter, but everyone is worried that she is pushing herself too hard.  While her husband, Kes, is off on another mission with General Solo it seems obvious to everyone but her that she is pulling more duties than she has to keep her mind off everything.  As a way to give her a break she is assigned pilot duty for Princess Leia on an important diplomatic mission. Leia is being sent to Naboo in an effort to begin the process of rebuilding the Senate.  The inclusion of Naboo offers several references to not only the prequels but also to the recent Princess Leia mini-series.  They are small references but a continuity lover like myself really enjoys it, it helps to solidify everything together as one large cohesive story. Things on Naboo quickly begin to turn dark as the Emperor's final plans are revealed, the complete destruction of Naboo.  It seems the Empire has borrowed a page from Cobra and is using the planet's own weather as a weapon.  It's a classic sci-fi device, but the final pages still had me in shock, so it worked. Greg Rucka's writing is solid throughout the story.  The characters may be new, but we are still able to connect and care for them.  There are several items that don't feel like something we would have in a Star Wars story.  However, he makes them work and they don't feel silly or contrived.  The art team delivers strongly here, between the creepy opening of the messenger, the battle in the city streets, and then the lush and familiar terrain of Naboo.  It's three wildly different areas, and the issue flows well one to the next.  The action is smaller and more contained here, matching with the fact that they are battling in city streets and not out in space. The next issue is coming in a week so we don't have to wait long to see what is happening next on Naboo.
4.5/5 Kath Hounds

4.5/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.