Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Marco Checchetto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 13
7.9Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 11, 2015

    An excellent read and asolid addition to the Star Wars canon.Things are starting to heat up! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Oct 14, 2015

    All in all, SHATTERED EMPIRE #2 is a spectacular offering by a creative team assembled to ensure that this book not only succeeds financially, but that it's everything a STAR WARS comic book should be. Though it takes place after the events of RETURN OF THE JEDI, it doesn't make much of an effort to establish the whereabouts of many of the STAR WARS figures we all know and love. But that isn't its mission statement. Shara Bey is a wonderful inclusion in to the STAR WARS mythos, and one hopes that we'll continue to follow her adventures long after SHATTERED EMPIRE reaches its conclusion. Marco Checchetto continues to knock it out of the park and deliver amazing action that defines the way space battles should look in comics. While there should be little doubt about whether SHATTERED EMPIRE will ultimately end as strongly as it began, the question is how relevant it will be to the larger STAR WARS story when the time comes to close the doors on this incredible series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Oct 9, 2015

    Despite the title of the series, the Empire is not yet shattered, and seeing Greg Rucka and Marco Checcettos vision for how it eventually will come to be shattered is genuinely one of (if not the) most exciting additions to the Star Wars universe this year, even in the shadow ofBattlefront and Episode VII. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 8, 2015

    Shattered Empire has a galaxy of stories that it can tell and I'm certainly engaged with the choices here. I want to explore the immediate aftereffects of Return of the Jedi but taken into context with the prequels and all that came from there. The story of Shara Bey is also one that I'm enjoying as it adds another strong female character to the lore and binds her in a great way to what's to come. This installment provides some great connection with the past and sets up for some really exciting potential for what the Empire is going to do now that the Emperor is dead. Those that study history know there are several ways it can play out and all of them are intriguing when set against this backdrop. The team here is doing a fantastic job and I'm already hopeful they'll get a shot at another arc down the line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Oct 7, 2015

    The only downside is for those who have read Star Wars: Aftermath or Lost Stars; those readers know the cliffhanger ending is a bit of a fake-out, but it still doesn't take away from the intensity of the story. The Empire's retribution knows no bounds and it will be interesting to see how this affects the Empire's downfall and the relationship between Shera and Leia. Shattered Empire #2 is a great book any Star Wars fan will enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 7, 2015

    Rucka and Checchetto are a top flight team tasked with handling the mammoth task of blazing a new trail toward Episode VII. They are the right pair for the job and this is just a good ol' fashioned, fun Star Wars comic. Great characters, fun story, some impeccable art…Shattered Empire #2 is a must read for Star Wars fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Oct 14, 2015

    Rucka continues to write a very good Star Wars comic. I am happy that we're finally getting a better sense of what happened after RETURN OF THE JEDI. The new continuity is finally starting to feel a lot clearer as we get closer to THE FORCE AWAKENS release in December. JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS has been a lot of fun and full of high quality comics and novels. Some of them haven't quite shed as much light on THE FORCE AWAKENS as I would have liked, but SHATTERED EMPIRE is at least giving us some back story for Poe. I am still not quite sure this comic is all that necessary, but I do enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - John McCubbin Oct 9, 2015

    Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens " Shattered Empire #2 was a great continuation to an intriguing prequel, as we learn more of what happened following the events of Return of the Jedi, and how this will shape the events of The Force Awakens. This is all brought together by some intense twists, as despite not doing much for the time being, it sets up a rather promising second half. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Allegretti Oct 12, 2015

    As we head toward The Force Awakens, "Shattered Empire" is a must read for Star Wars fans who are curious to know what happened after Return of the Jedi. Just don't expect a lot of questions to be answered quite yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 8, 2015

    Star Wars: Shattered Empire takes a nosedive in its second issue. While the spaceship battles are still glorious to behold and the dread of war is felt throughout, focusing too much on Princess Leia, introducing a cartoonish doomsday scheme, and a few stumbles with the art stop it from maintaining the high quality of the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 12, 2015

    Overall, "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Shattered Empire" #2 is a transition issue with a few key scenes, but it seems the best may be on either side of this issue. That doesn't make this a disposable chapter in the "Star Wars" saga by any stretch; it just favors character over calamity and gives readers a chance to survey everything Greg Rucka is crafting with his artistic collaborators. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DarioV Jun 4, 2016

    "Shattered Empire" continues its good run with a second issue that doesn't add much to the story but offers yet another fantastic flight sequence (this may very well be Checchetto's talent!), well-paced dialogues and the terrifying Messenger, whom I hope we'll see more of, his design and attitude were great.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Apr 29, 2016

    The format looks like it might be a different mission in each issue, I often dislike this format but it seems to be working here. It might just be that the characterization and art are spot on.

  • 7.5
    Inklings Jun 5, 2016

    Not quite as gobsmacking good as the first issue, but it's hard to follow up near perfection. The Emperor's Messenger is a cool new element, carrying lots of implications for Sidious' political designs (even post mortem). The issue further propels readers through the intrigues of a post-Endor galaxy, exploring how propagands and military tactics work in an intergalactic Imperial regime breaking apart. There's a few really touching panels involving Princess Leia and her connection to fallen soldiers that humanizes her to great results. We don't get enough Shara Bey (or any Kes Dameron, for that matter, a real problem seeing as he's still not given any real characterization in this series) but what we do get is pretty thrilling stuff involving a particularly well-rendered A-Wing flight sequence and a funny, revealing exchange between Bey and L'ulo. But the final page reveals an imperial plot so aneurysm-inducing asinine and cartoonish, it actively lessense the quality of the whole issue, but isn't quite a game-breaker.

  • 8.5
    Juanpk26 Oct 8, 2015

  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Oct 9, 2015

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    Cyprian Latewood Oct 18, 2015

  • 8.0
    MatchesMalone Oct 18, 2015

  • 8.0
    NickNightingale Nov 22, 2015

  • 7.0
    Secret Matt Oct 14, 2015

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