Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Marvel Comics’ four-issue miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire has come to an end, and it doesn’t really tell us much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But it does end with some questions which I wanted to dive into. For instance: what does that tree at the end of the story mean for The Force Awakens and the future of the Star Wars galaxy? What does the comic book series suggest about Oscar Isaac‘s character Poe Dameron? Letls try to unlock the mysteries of that Shattered Empire tree and figure out what it might all mean.
What We Learned From Star Wars: Shattered Empire
After Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the Star Wars expanded universe became merely part of legend, ushering a new time when EVERY new Star Wars story would be considered part of the franchise canon. The promise of this idea is for fans to explore this galaxy and see moments from the connected story through the eyes of many different stories published in a variety of mediums. All of the stories, including the films, goes through the Lucasfilm story group (comprised of Rayne Roberts, Pablo Hidalgo and Leland Chee) to ensure all the storylines, characters, concept and ideas line up with the greater storyline. This means that moments in the novels and comic books could lead to events we see in the upcoming films, and visa versa.
When the Star Wars comic book Shattered Empire was first announced as part of the Journey to the Force Awakens series of publications, the idea presented was to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and its sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But much like Star Wars: Aftermath, it only merely offers a glance at one story in a moment in time after the fall of the second Death Star — it isn’t so much the Force Awakens prequel some might have been expecting or hoping for.
That’s not to say Shattered Empire isn’t a great comic or a satisfying Star Wars story. It might be the best released since Disney took over the franchise. But if you’re looking for information on the future of the Star Wars film universe or Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there isn’t a lot to be found in here. Lets take a look at what we learned from Star Wars: Shattered Empire before we dive into Poe Dameron’s backstory and the Shattered Empire tree debate.
Warning: Spoilers for Shattered Empire follow and we do speculate what some of this could mean for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (If you’ve read Shattered Empire, feel free to skip to the second page)
Princess Leia Feels the Force
While visiting Naboo with her pilot Shara Bey, Princess Leia feels the presence of Darth Maul in a war bunker that had not been entered since the climactic battle at the end of The Phantom Menace. This is the first time we see Leia demonstrate new Force sensitivity within new canon, outside of the connection with her brother from the films. Post-cognition is rare amongst Force users, and has been looked down upon by the Jedi. It allows one to remember a time in an object or place’s history upon physically encountering it.
The Empire Has Lost, But the War Never Ended
Even though the Emperor has been killed and the second Death Star has been destroyed, the Imperials have not given up the fight. The fact that the Empire isn’t gone is not a big shock considering we see they still have strength as the “First Order” in the upcoming film The Force Awakens.
The Emperor Lives On Posthumously
The Emperor planned for his possible death and left a holographic recording ordering into motion Operation: CINDER, a pre-planned assault on strategic targets. Apparently part of Operation: Cinder involved burning all Rebel propaganda that claims the Emperor has died.
The Series Centers on Poe Dameron’s Mother
The strongest connection to the upcoming seventh film is the main character: Shara Bey, a rebel soldier during the Battle of Endor and the few months that followed. A reveal in the first issue is that she is married to a rebel soldier named Kes Dameron.
If you know anything about the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you might recognize the last name as it belongs to Oscar Issac‘s character. Shara and Kes are the parents of Force Awakens‘ “black leader” resistance pilot Poe Dameron, although you wouldn’t know this from just reading the comic as his name is
never mentioned only mentioned once in the comics.