Shattered Empire #4

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Shattered Empire #4 (of 4)

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto

Shattered Empire #4 is a nice ending to the four part mini-series. Shara goes on one last mission with yet another hero of the rebellion. But will Luke Skywalker get her killed in a reckless mission to steal some of the Emperor’s last treasures? And what can we make of the hints to The Force Awakens?

The issue opens three months after Endor. The war wages on with no end in sight. But that doesn’t stop L’ulo from making sure one of his best pilots gets some well deserved peace time. He puts in Shara’s paperwork so she can muster out with her husband and raise their son. It would have all gone so peacefully if not for R2.

On an errand for Luke, R2-D2 recruits Shara for one last special mission. On the planet Vetine, in one of the Empire’s secret labs, lies a treasure hidden away by Palpatine. Together, Luke, Shara and R2 infiltrate the lab and liberate the treasure. Without spoiling anything, it’s an interesting little adventure with a few surprises.

Accompanying the story is more gorgeous artwork by Marco Checchetto who closes this one out with the help of colorist Andres Mossa. There’s a lot of nice lighting and some interesting panel perspectives. Most of the story is easy to follow visually, but there was one spot that was a little confusing. It’s where Luke takes out the gatling gun style laser cannon. I think they were trying to show Luke Force shoving some droids at the weapon emplacement, but it’s not the most natural progression of panels. Otherwise the comic had a good flow going for it.

Hidden throughout the story are some nods to the greater universe. A rebel briefing shows a glimpse of a recently revealed The Force Awakens action figure, Asty the alien X-Wing pilot. Shara impersonates an ISB officer from Greg Rucka’s novel Smuggler’s Run. Inside the Imperial lab, they show the source of the Emperor’s messengers. The final page of the story presents a couple intriguing possibilities in relation to what the planet might be, and the significance of the tree. Will this play a part in Poe Dameron’s future? Who knows, but all the links and ties made the story feel bigger and more significant.

Shattered Empire #4 wraps up the series, but actually stands on its own pretty well. It closes up all the loose ends, but also raises some interesting questions. For a comic story, it hits a lot of beats. Couple with the nice artwork, I give this issue a solid four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

 

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