The Expanded Universe is no more, leaving it up to Marvel Comics and a series of new novels to fill in the gaps between each of the Star Wars movies. They’ve all been doing a great job so far, but this December, Star Wars: Shattered Empire will shed some light on the events following the classic Return of the Jedi.

That’s obviously being released to coincide with Star Wars: The Force Awakens reaching the big screen on December 18th, and this comic book series promises to tell the story of what happened to characters like Luke, Han, and Leia in the 30 year period between each of the movies. Now, an official description for the series has offered up some new details which may give us an idea what to expect from The Force Awakens.

It states: “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!”

That’s very interesting indeed, and matches up with rumours that the Empire will be split into completely different factions by the time Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place. Toy packaging recently appeared to indicate that the Stormtroopers may be working alone now too as some sort of third party in the war.

Greg Rucka, the acclaimed writer of Wolverine and Cyclops, reteams with his collaborator on The Punisher, Marco Checchetto for Star Wars: Shattered Empire, so this series will be well worth checking out!