Greg Rucka, the writer of the upcoming comic book series “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire,” says things will “get ugly” in the work.
The four-issue series comic series takes place right after the Battle of Endor in “Return of the Jedi” and, like all “Star Wars” material being produced now by Disney and Lucasfilm, what happens in it will be a part of official canon.
Rucka tells Heat Vision that despite the destruction of the second Death Star and death of both The Emperor and Darth Vader, the Empire is still a force to be reckoned with:
“The Empire still has resources. The Empire still has an enormous fleet. They may be in disarray post the Battle of Endor, but to think that in that vacuum people aren’t stepping up [is shortsighted]…
There’s a Moff out there who’s like, ‘Right. I’m emptying the bank accounts, I’m changing my name, and I’m going to Aruba.’ You know there is.
But for every Moff who does that, there are five who say, ‘Like hell am I leaving this post. We’ve got Stormtroopers for a reason. You get out there and you shoot every last one of these upstart insurgents, these terrorists, and you make clear to them that the rule of law still stands.’ So it does get ugly.”
Rucka used the real life elements of the Arab Spring and North Korea’s brutal regime as influences on the work including the control and censorship of information:
“Who controls the airwaves? The Empire does. So, the Rebellion can be jumping up and down, and screaming at the top their lungs, ‘Palpatine is dead!’ But I guarantee you, that message didn’t reach 70 percent of the galaxy. It’s a rumor. It’s a whisper.”
Rebel pilot Shara Bey and her husband Kes will serve as the central characters in the comics which will have appearances by the original trilogy characters. The four-issue series kicks off September 2nd.
In related news, a Canadian Toys ‘R’ Us accidentally started selling toys from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – a month before the official launch. Photos are up at Rebel Scum.