Star Wars: Shattered Empire #4

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #4

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Marco Checchetto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 12
8.3Critic Rating
7.7User 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!

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Oct 22, 2015

    STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #4 is a near flawless conclusion to an incredible series. It lacks the scale and cast of supporting characters from previous issues, but it benefits from being a more focused story overall. We saw Shara team up with a number of heroes from the STAR WARS universe throughout the series, but this issue and her and teaming with Luke is the strongest by far. This issue is impeccable from top to bottom, and although we've covered Marco Checchetto's greatness ad-nauseam, this run will likely be defined by his wonderful artwork. This is one of those times that a superstar team lives up to the expectations, and it's been a pleasure to witness. The Journey to THE FORCE AWAKENS has been made infinitely better by this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 23, 2015

    A story that every Star Wars fan will want. This was an exceptionally well done series, and Marvel would be wise to have all back for another outing. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Oct 22, 2015

    Rucka and Checchetto did an amazing job of balancing that human element while having them interact with major Star Wars characters like Luke in this issue and Leia and Han in previous issues to show what those characters were up to in this time. Bring all that together with a gorgeous rendition of the Star Wars universe and you have a series that may not seem important in the grand scheme of things at first, but hides a very human story within that does in fact tie into The Force Awakens. Just maybe not in the way any of us were expecting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 24, 2015

    The final installment here works to really narrow down its focus and it does in a strong way by pairing Shara with Luke and hinting at elements that could make for some interesting ideas within the films themselves that I suspect will be exploited. If this is a foundational piece then it's well played. If not, then we still get a great story accompanied by some really fantastic artwork that has me wanting to soak up everything that Checchetto's done. He and Rucka have put together a really strong miniseries overall that gives us our first taste in comic form of what's to come after the original trilogy that also has the prequels to mine from. I'm excited to see where Marvel's able to go and hope for a lot more from this pair in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Oct 23, 2015

    I have been a little critical of Shattered Empire, but I will admit they managed to bring everything together very well. In the end, this was a real good way to tell the story of the aftermath of Return of the Jedi. Granted, we're still no closer to understanding what leads to the First Order, The Resistance, and The FORCE AWAKENS, but that doesn't change the fact this was an entertaining series with some real strong new characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 23, 2015

    Four issues!? I want more! And I especially want more Rucka/Checchetto Star Wars. I've been pretty reserved as far as my excitement for what's to come, but with this first glimpse of a post Jedi world, I'm getting more excited, and much less nervous. It's been almost 30 years since Jedi wrapped, but reading this series, it's like no time has been missed. I finished reading this fourth issue only wanting to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Oct 22, 2015

    This all too short series has hardly been a journey to The Force Awakens; its been more so a first few steps away from Return of the Jedi. Theres still a long, mysterious road up ahead. But thats perfectly fine by me; I loved every minute of what I traversed with Rucka and Checcetto, and pray to Obi-Wan that we get go on more adventures with them in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Oct 23, 2015

    Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens " Shattered Empire #4 is a fabulous conclusion to a sensational mini-series, with the events within leaving a lot open as we head into the next cinematic installment of this great franchise. We are also treated to an exciting foray with the wait between now and December being all the harder following this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Oct 22, 2015

    Greg Rucka once again nails the characters of this story, especially Luke. He seems just as wise and mature, if not more so, than he did in Return of the Jedi. The only fault is, as mentioned above, the little time spent developing Shara's character and Operation: CINDER. Marco Checchetto's art is again outstanding, especially during the fight sequences. However, his depiction of Luke looks a little awkward at times. In some panels he perfectly resembles Mark Hamill, but in others he has the look of a young teenager. One spread in particular gives the air of an anime character. Overall, though, the art is great to look at and, combined with Rucka's writing, is a worthy send off to their work on Shattered Empire. If Marvel is smart, they'll do whatever they can to get this pair on another Star Wars title in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 22, 2015

    For this first time in this mini-series, the stories of the sequel characters (or at least their antecedents) start to dovetail with the original trilogy heroes, as the seeds for what is likely to be a major plot point of The Force Awakens are quite literally planted by Greg Rucka. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 21, 2015

    While it is nice to see that Luke is on a mission to restore the Jedi Order, it comes at the cost of Shara's character development, much like in previous chapters. We see her succeed in her missions thanks to her astonishing expertise, but we don't get that emotional hook that ties it all together. She's actually so good at everything, from flying to fighting to impersonating an Imperial officer, that there winds up being little tension or suspense to her story. The idea of Shara acting as a window through which we get to catch up with Han, Luke and Leia isn't so bad in the grand scheme of things, but it's hard not to finish reading Shattered Empire wishing her character was a little more fleshed out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 22, 2015

    Rucka and Checchetto finish off "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire" #4 pretty well, and -- while it's a little bit clumsy -- it's a fun and scenic journey for any "Star Wars" fan. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 24, 2015

    "Shattered Empire" wraps up the four-issue, mini-series of one-shots with a great look at Luke Skywalker. The comic has Luke and Shara retrieve something that the Emperor had stolen from the Jedi temple. The assumption is that this item will play a role in the upcoming film, but we are left to guess as to it's meaning based on this comic. The comic leaves Shara largely under-used, but nails the characterization of Skywalker. The book has plot holes and poorly constructed action sequences. On the other hand, the comic looks and feels like Star Wars as the art depicts the universe extremely well. At the end of the day, this issue is an average Star Wars comic book that doesn't provide much more than some Luke Skywalker action and a tease of what might come in the new movie. This was a fine read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Dagstar Oct 23, 2015

    The execution of this issue definitely had a classic Star Wars feel to it and that's what made me love it. I agree with some reviews where they state inconsistencies in how Luke's face is drawn, and that some of these story elements could/should have been introduced earlier.

  • 8.5
    Inklings Jun 5, 2016

    A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to Shattered Empire, issue #4 gives me what I've desperately needed since the opening page of issue #1: Luke being awesome. And thankfully, Checchetto's style can do more than bombastic spaceship battles. He can do Jedi lightsaber action just as well. This issue opens up to some interesting Force-related worldbuilding, albeit a bit late in this limited series. It reminds me of the Trees of Valinor in Tolkien's Legendarium, which Lucas owes a debt of grattitude to, so it's fitting to see how the Jedi Council trees relate to the Force much in the same way the Two Trees Telperion and Laurelin related to the soft magic of Tolkien's fictional world. It also gives the Damerons a fitting place and purpose in the larger view of the Star Wars narrative. There's some good characterization given to Shara Bey here, and some illuminating dialogue between her and Skywalker, but one can't shake the feeling that this encounter was largely mechanical in execution and in setup. Still, this proves to be the best issue in the series behind the magnanimous first issue.

  • 7.5
    ThisisajobforSuperman! Oct 23, 2015

    A quick read and hardly a fulfilling one. The prelude to Episode VII is no prelude at all.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Oct 27, 2015

    Each issue is a short mission alongside a different Star Wars character, which is skippable I suppose, but I like the execution.

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Oct 22, 2015

    Felt shallow. The trees were introduced this late in the game?

  • 6.0
    Synthozoid Oct 26, 2015

    The issues don't have much to do with each other, besides Poe's parents being in each story. No big reveals, no twists, no double crosses. There is no plot that connects these 4 issues, although it's a pretty tour of the "new" SW universe.

  • 8.5
    Cyprian Latewood Nov 4, 2015

  • 8.0
    GlenWizard Oct 24, 2015

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Oct 27, 2015

  • 8.0
    NickNightingale Nov 22, 2015

  • 8.0
    MatchesMalone Dec 9, 2015

  • 7.5
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