The official Star Wars website has just debuted the cover for issue number two of Shattered Empire, and it has revealed a new character in the saga, putting a mysterious woman front and center.
Shattered Empire is set to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, alongside other books in the multi-publisher initiative known as Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The series was announced earlier this year, but the cover of the first issue gave away little information about the comic or what its story line would be, instead depicting the celebratory scene at the culmination of the original Star Wars trilogy.
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The cover for the second issue of the series depicts a mysterious woman standing on a rocky world in front of a downed or landed A-wing fighter, looking off into the distance with a blaster at the ready. No marks or insignia give any hint regarding whether she stands with the Rebels or the newly broken Empire, and that seems to be very intentional, based on the teaser article that announced it.
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“A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s been said very often. But the one above feels more like a thousand questions. Who is that standing beside the starship that resembles an A-Wing? Is she a Jedi? A friend to the Rebels? It’s a safe bet bounty hunters continued offering their services after the collapse of the Empire… The First Order is still decades away, and it’s safe to assume Luke, Han, and Leia have a lot on their plate after overthrowing the governing force that controlled the galaxy.”
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The cover for Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2 was illustrated by Marco Checchetto, as Coming Soon notes. Greg Rucka has scripted the series, which will release continuously in the lead-up to the next Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.
Though it remains unclear whether the unnamed mystery woman will have any role to play in the film, or any connection to it at all, the second issue of Shattered Empire is set to be released in November, just a month ahead the theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
[Image: Marvel/ Lucasfilm via Coming Soon]