Synopsis: AFTER THE DAWN… COMES THE REIGN! The story that began with WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS continues here, in the second installment of a trilogy that will reshape the history of the Star Wars Galaxy during the Age of Rebellion. Featuring the return of beloved characters, shocking twists, epic feats of the Force and a story that will reach from Star Wars’ darkest underworld all the way to the Imperial Palace on Coruscant, Crimson Reign is a Star Wars saga like no other!
Picking the story up from where War of The Bounty Hunters left off. This tells the story of how Lady Qi’ra reformed The Crimson Dawn. The story opens up with Qi’ra talking to a group of people that she has gathered together for the purpose of causing as much grief as possible to The Empire. This first issue focuses on a crew called The Orphans who work to destabilize the various criminal organizations by strategically hitting their various criminal activities. The aim is to have the different criminal factions blame each other for these acts of sabotage.
The Orphans all have issues with The Empire and a bone to pick with Darth Vader. Indeed, their leader Chanath Cha witnessed Darth Vader murder her parents when she was a child. Furthermore, she was made to swear an oath that she’d not seek revenge.
Among the other, groups that Qi’ra has working with her are some Darkside Force users known as The Knights of Ren. Who happen to have been expelled from the Empire. We’ll learn more about them in the next issue.
Steven Cummings gets this series off to a great start as far as the visuals go. Indeed, he gets to play with quite a few characters. Furthermore, he also gets to show us a few different locations as we see quite a few things play out. The mission in which Chanath Cha and The Orphans is brilliantly drawn. It felt very much like an action sequence that could have fitted well into any of the Star Wars movies.
I also loved the introduction where the Archivist takes us through how Qi’ra’s plan came into being. This also briefly recounted Darth Maul’s involvement with the Dawn. The imagery of Maul and Qi’ra working together is just a hint of the missed opportunity that a Sequal to Solo: A Star Wars Story was.
Star Wars: Crimson Reign gets off to a really strong start. Charles Soule does a brilliant job of setting up the various story arcs that are going to play out. And having an expert on The Jedi called The Archivist also acting as Narrater is a nice touch. Added to that, I’m loving that we do not know much about The Archivist other than the fact that her interpretation of the Force is kind of somewhere between the Dark and the Light.
I also liked the foreshadowing that Qi’ra’s Crimson Reign is going to end in tragedy. As to how it will all play out remains to be seen. But if this opener is anything to go by. S### is going to kick off.