– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Many of you felt a disturbance in The Force when Lucasfilm announced that any and all expanded universe literature written for Star Wars in the last 30+ years was being completely disregarded and not considered canon. The silver lining was that the folks at Lucasfilm, Disney, and Marvel were working on an all new catalogue of books and materials that would be canon, and that would factor into the upcoming slate of films, cartoons, and possible TV shows based on Star Wars. This means that nothing can be overlooked. Any plot twist, any new character, anything notable that occurs in the literature- especially things in the “Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens” line- can, and will, contribute to what we see onscreen. 

That’s what makes the cover to issue #2 of Marvel’s “Star Wars: Shattered Empire,” written by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto so interesting. Who is this?

“Shattered Empire” takes place in the aftermath of Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of The Jedi, with the entire galaxy in chaos after the collapse of the Empire. As the official Star Wars site is quick to point out, Luke, Leia, and Han have their hands full trying to create stability after overthrowing the Empire and it’s safe to assume they gain new allies along the way. This character could very well be one of them, and it leads fans like me to speculate.

Director J.J. Abrams has been coy about revealing any secrets about The Force Awakens, but he has tellingly pointed out that the last names for new characters Rey and Finn have been purposely kept under wraps so as not to reveal anything about their lineage. The common theory is that one is a Skywalker, the other is possibly a Solo, or maybe even a Calrissian. Could this woman be the mother of one of them? 

Discuss your theories below!

SOURCE: Star Wars

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.