Star Wars: Shattered Empire #3

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #3

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta Galarza Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 14, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
8.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

• Concluding the first new-canon comic tale set between episodes VI and VII!
• As the Empire Shatters around them, Rebel heroes fight for a better tomorrow!
• Greg Rucka (Punisher, Cyclops, Wolverine) and Marco Checchetto (Punisher, Avengers World) take us into the more recent long, long time ago!

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Oct 14, 2015

    How this story will resolve itself remains to be seen, but with only one issue left, one must wonder whether or not Rucka and co have enough pages left to resolve this tale effectively. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 15, 2015

    With one more chapter to go, this has been a fairly fun series " though likely not quite as epic as some would care for. There's a million stories to tell about the fall of the Empire and I suspect that the really big ones are being held back until after the movie so as to not spoil what's to come there and the general makeup of the galaxy at this stage. Rucka continues to handle his cast well as everyone feels very in character while the new characters blend seamlessly with it all. Checchetto's artwork certainly takes it up a few notches and it's just as great as the first two issues with all of its details, which are brought out all the more by the great coloring job here. I get the complaints about the book but I'm interesting in so many aspects of the stories that can be told that I'm very much enjoying this ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 17, 2015

    An excellent read withgood visuals, that feature many familiar faces from the trilogy. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 14, 2015

    Star Wars: Shattered Empire returns to the greatness of its first issue, delivering an entertaining issue with sharp plot twists and fun character dynamics. The art is strong in this one, filling the reader with a rush of energy as battles are waged on the ground and in space. All that, plus a neat Phantom Menace reference, make this a fine penultimate chapter to Shattered Empire. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Oct 15, 2015

    The third issue of Shattered Empire keeps up the momentum from its previous two issues and is a welcome look at everyone's favourite galaxy far, far away. Between this and Marvel's main Star Wars titles, the company has been knocking it out of the park with these new tales. With Shattered Empire concluding next week, it will be exciting to see the fallout from the Empire's plan and what it has to do with The Force Awakens, especially as, if the cover for issue 4 is to be believed, Luke Skywalker will at last make a physical appearance in the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Oct 16, 2015

    This series is another solid example of the quality Marvel has brought to the "Star Wars" universe and the first real lead-in to Episode VII. Fans should check this series out before heading to the cinema this holiday season. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Oct 16, 2015

    Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens " Shattered Empire #3 gives us some wonderful developments, as despite leaving us little in the way of insight into the finale, it certainly helps build on the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. So be sure to pick this up from your local comic book store, as no true Star Wars fan should be found without it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Oct 19, 2015

    Fans have been scrambling for even the tiniest hints of what The Force Awakens has in store for audiences, but they need look no further than Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #3. Shattered Empire is the prequel that we expected from the actual prequels. It hits all the right notes of a classic Star Wars yarn; selfless heroes, insurmountable odds, and rousing set pieces that aim to excite and enrich the characters instead of just offering empty spectacle. While Marvel has been nailing the original trilogy tales, Greg Rucka, Marco Checcetto, Angel Unzueta and Andres Mossa send us into the theater to watch the new adventures on a high note. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Oct 15, 2015

    Because of a single extended scene that soured the rest of the issue, Shattered Empire #3 is the weakest in the limited series to date, but it is by no means a weak issue; it suffers only in comparison to how consistently excellent this series has been. Rucka and Checchetto have collaborated before on Punisher and Avengers World, but both are bringing their absolute best work to Star Wars. Put down the Battlefront beta and pick this issue up immediately! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Oct 21, 2015

    One thing I have loved about this series continues to be the gorgeous art. Marco Checchetto does terrific work here, managing to keep up with all the action sequences in a wide variety of settings. I definitely want to see him do more STAR WARS. He could do some great posters for THE FORCE AWAKENS. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 19, 2015

    There are a million balls to keep in the air for a book like this, and Rucka and Checcetto keep most of them up without incident. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Howard Oct 15, 2015

    Great issue, , can'twait for the big finish.An awesome surprise villian that I hope is reintroduced to the Star Wars universe.

  • 8.5
    JBL Reviews Oct 14, 2015


  • 8.0
    Inklings Jun 5, 2016

    Kes Dameron is back and manages to do some stuff, but my ongoing nagging criticism isn't really addressed here: this series is supposed to be operating as both a continuity-fleshing, connective piece filling out some of the fictive tissue between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, while also giving us a look at the Dameron lineage. The former part is done masterfully, and while Shara Bey has enough to satisfy a reading of her character, Kes Dameron comes off as mostly a smarmy grunt. Which is fine in the overall estimation of this comic, as he doesn't seem to be much the focus of this story. Neither is Bey. Their relationship---and how it functions as an analogue to Leia and Han's relationship---is the real character here, and it's appropriate, if a little too simple. Yet again, a great space battle sequence fills out many of the pages in this issue and Checchetto delivers in spades. He balances really big, dynamic compositions with narrative clarity in a way that's daunting to comprehend. The writing is competent here, though it borders on the melodramatic from time to time (Bey's bit about Leia not writing home to tell Dameron about her demise comes across as really heavy-handed here). The Lando appearance seems to come out of nowhere until you consider what Han and Kes had accomplished, but there doesn't seem to be enough connective tissue there to establish a causal relationship. But still, as the previous issue demonstrated, the problems with this issue don't come close to outweighing their merits.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Oct 19, 2015

    It's almost like a historical reenactment of key missions in the war. I like it.

  • 9.5
    GlenWizard Oct 18, 2015

  • 9.0
    Cyprian Latewood Oct 18, 2015

  • 8.5
    Dagstar Oct 15, 2015

  • 8.0
    MatchesMalone Oct 18, 2015

  • 7.5
    NickNightingale Nov 22, 2015

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