Star Wars: Empire #1

Star Wars: Empire #1

Illustrated by: Jethro Morales

Written by: Jody Houser

Release date: June 7, 2023

Marvel Comics

*Minor Spoilers Ahead

As operations begin to take shape on the moon of ENDOR, a technician must figure out how to live under the control of THE EMPIRE. But if he can’t stay out of trouble, what will the Empire do with him? Continuing the 40TH ANNIVERSARY celebration of RETURN OF THE JEDI, JODY HOUSER & JETHRO MORALES pull back the curtain of the Empire like never before!

Star Wars: Empire #1, written by Jody Houser with art by Jethro Morales and cover art by Ryan Brown, takes readers on a compelling journey into a post-Return of the Jedi era where the Empire reigns supreme. This comic book installment offers a fresh perspective on what it would be like to live under the control of the oppressive Empire.

Set on the moon of Endor, the story centers around a technician who finds himself grappling with the challenges of adapting to the new order. Houser masterfully captures the protagonist’s internal struggle as he navigates the complexities of daily life and attempts to evade the watchful eyes of the Empire. The character’s relatable journey serves as an allegory for the resilience and ingenuity of individuals living under oppressive regimes.

Houser’s writing is captivating, drawing readers into a world where fear and uncertainty permeate every aspect of society. She expertly explores the tension between compliance and rebellion, highlighting the delicate balance the protagonist must maintain to survive. Through well-paced storytelling and skillful characterization, Houser immerses readers in the emotional turmoil of a life under Imperial rule.

Jethro Morales’s artwork brings this dystopian vision of the Star Wars universe to life with stunning visuals. From the meticulously crafted landscapes to the intricate details of Imperial architecture, Morales captures the oppressive atmosphere and the contrast between beauty and tyranny. The artwork enhances the narrative, amplifying the emotions and immersing readers in the grim reality of the Empire’s dominance.

Ryan Brown’s cover art is striking and eye-catching, setting the tone for the comic and enticing readers to delve into the story within. His skillful composition and attention to detail make for a visually stunning cover that perfectly captures the essence of the Empire’s power and the struggle faced by the protagonist.

As a Marvel Comics publication under the Disney umbrella, Star Wars: Empire #1 seamlessly integrates into the rich tapestry of the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. It pays homage to the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi while expanding the lore and offering a thought-provoking exploration of life under Imperial rule.

In conclusion, Star Wars: Empire #1 is a must-read for Star Wars fans and comic book enthusiasts alike. Jody Houser’s captivating storytelling, coupled with Jethro Morales’s breathtaking artwork and Ryan Brown’s mesmerizing cover art, creates an immersive experience that delves into the darkest corners of the Star Wars universe. This comic book installment sheds new light on the Empire’s reign, offering a compelling narrative that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the series.

Star Wars: Empire #1 is available on our weekly new comic wall and it can also be placed on your pull list.


Star Wars: Empire #1 - A Captivating Exploration of Life Under Imperial Rule

Colors - 7.5
Design - 8.5
Illustration - 9.5
Narrative - 10
Subplot - 10


Star Wars: Empire #1 is a must-read comic book for fans of Star Wars and comic books. The captivating storytelling, breathtaking artwork, and mesmerizing cover art offer an immersive experience that sheds new light on the Empire's reign and leaves readers eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the series.

Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Star Wars: Empire | Illustrated by Jethro Morales, Ryan Brown
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