Star Wars Force Awakens Prequel comic header

Among the 20 titles that will consist of the newly announced Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one that stood out was a prequel comic book. It would reportedly be told from the perspective of C-3PO and take place immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi. Well, that comic now has a title, release window and first image. The comic is called Star Wars: Shattered Empire and it’ll be out in September. See the full cover of the Force Awakens prequel comic below.

Thanks to Star Wars.com for the image.

Shattered Empire: A Star Wars The Force Awakens Prequel comic

Star Wars Shattered Empire #1

So yeah – that’s just an artistic representation of the final shot of Return of the Jedi. Which tells us almost nothing. Except that we’re going to find out what happens right after, which is decades before the events of The Force Awakens.

There’s no new info beyond that, but here’s the info on the full Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens book series:

Star Wars fans will soon uncover some major secrets — without the need for Bothan spies.

Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm announced today an ambitious publishing programming, “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which will lead into the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming December 18. Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, kicking off this fall, is planned to include more than 20 titles available in print and digital, and will feature new narrative stories for middle grade and young adults as well as comics, illustrated reference, Look and Find, and sticker book formats. Stories are set to star characters old and new, and retell classic Star Wars tales from new perspectives.

“We are thrilled to be developing content for fans of this epic saga across the globe,” said Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “The robust publishing program will appeal to a range of fans — old and new — across all formats from comics to novels to apps, making this one of the most exciting and collaborative collection of stories that we’ve seen to date.“

All titles published under Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be canonical within the Star Wars universe, and in-continuity with the Star Wars films, animated series, new books, and Marvel comics. The global program comes as a result of a massive collaboration between Disney-Lucasfilm and its publishing partners, including Del Rey, DK, Egmont UK, Marvel, Phoenix International Publications, Inc., Studio Fun International, and Topps.

“The filmmakers have a lot of surprises in store, and the hints and puzzle pieces in the publishing program will keep fans guessing until the film opens. Until then, let the anticipation — and the speculation — begin,” said Michael Siglain, director, Creative Franchise, Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Novels for young adults, focusing on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, will be published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press in North America and distributed internationally. The young adult novels have notable talent attached, including Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Tin Star), Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author (Detective Comics and 52), Jason Fry (The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, Star Wars Insider contributor) and New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray (The Firebird trilogy and Evernight series).

Some book and comic titles have been revealed, and they offer fans a fun glimpse into the possible stories within: Star Wars: Aftermath (Del Rey), Lost Stars (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (DK), Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens (Marvel Comics), Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens-C-3PO (Marvel Comics), and Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy (Studio Fun International).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost here, and the journey to it looks to be amazing.

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