Here’s a bit of what happens in Star Wars between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens
Originally, I was going to write this big, long thing about how Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and how there is a huge gap to fill. But if you don’t already know that, then we are so very different people that we may as well be speaking a different language.
For those still with me, you probably know that there is a big gap between the episodes. What you may not know – but can probably guess – Disney, Lucasfilm, and Marvel have a whole lot of plans for how to fill in that gap. In the coming months, and even years, you can expect a whole lot of novels, comics, and more.
To kick that off, previewsworld.com has the first synopsis of an official comic titled Star Wars: Shattered Empire, which takes place between the films. Here it is:
Emperor Palpatine’s twenty-year reign of terror came to an abrupt and fiery end in the skies above the forest moon of Endor. A decisive victory for the Rebel Alliance, to be sure, but even with the loss of its leadership, the Empire’s Moffs and regional governors retained their hold on important systems from the Core to the Outer Rim, thanks to the might of the Imperial Starfleet. Now, with a power vacuum atop the Empire, those Moffs will jockey for position and control, and the heroes of the Rebel Alliance will soon discover that a wounded and fractious Empire may be more dangerous than any threat they faced before!
Although you can watch Return of the Jedi as a casual fan and accept that the death of the Emperor led to the collapse and surrender of the Empire, for fans of the series, you can guess that there is far more to it. Unlike other “evil” governments like, say, the Nazis, the Empire was still at its height when its leader/Furher died. There would be a lot of Moffs and Admirals waiting to take over. If you really buy into the story, then it makes sense.
When Dark Horse had the Star Wars license, it had no problem creating stories before, during, and after the events of the films. Hopefully Marvel won’t either, and there are bound to be several books, many of which will be canon.
Star Wars: Shattered Empire will be written acclaimed comic Greg Rucka scribe. An exact date or length wasn’t revealed, but it will be released at some point in September.