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For Star Wars fans, September lays the foundation for December’s release of The Force Awakens with the first two issues of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Shattered Empire.

The Greg Rucka-written four-issue mini-series is illustrated by Marco Checchetto and takes place after the destruction of the second death star by the Rebellion. Marvel and Lucasfilm are keeping advance information close to the vest on this one, noting only that the comics will transport readers “into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.” Look for some variant covers, too. The first issue is out Sept. 2, followed by the second issue on Sept. 16.

Writer Greg Weisman steers Kanan into a story featuring the crew from Rebels, in all their glory and grit, as readers see a grown up Caleb Dume back on Kaller with his companions. Cover art is by the incomparable Pepe Larraz with interiors by Jacopo Camagni. Look for the issue on Sept. 23.

(See large versions of covers for Marvel’s five series after the jump.)

Meanwhile, in the pages of Star Wars #10, Luke Skywalker’s imprisoned and his friends are racing across the stars to free him before he’s forced to enter the arena of death with what looks remarkably like a Rancor!. The Jason Aaron-penned and Stuart Immonen-drawn issue hits shops on Sept. 16.

Charles Soule and Alex Maleev bring their Lando mini-series to a close, but not an end, with issue 5, out Sept. 30. As the story winds down, Lando and Lobot realized it was going to be the heist of a lifetime, but they’ll never be the same again.

And in the pages of Darth Vader #11, Aphra’s investigation for the Sith Lord collides with his investigation for the Empire in ways that only writer Kieron Gilllen and artist Salvador Larroca can convey. The issue, with a cover by Adi Granov, is due out Sept. 9.

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Kanan #6

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Shattered Empire #1

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Star Wars #10

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Shattered Empire #1 (Phil Noto Cover)

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Darth Vader 11

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Lando #5


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Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.

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