In Review: Star Wars: Crimson Reign (2021-) #2 (of 5) THE ASSASSINS

QI'RA sends two killers to do what they do best to continue with her plan to plunge the galaxy into chaos.

Synopsis: THE ASSASSINS! QI’RA sends two killers to do what they do best to continue with her plan to plunge the galaxy into chaos. The relentless, Force-blinded OCHI OF BESTOON and the mysterious, unstoppable DEATHSTICK each have a target, and nothing will get in their way.


The Story

Having gotten the main two crime syndicates to turn on each other in the last issue. Qi’ra now looks to obtain the one person that can perhaps unify them. The young girl Cadeliah, who was under the protection of Lakano Lash prior to being placed into the care of the rebels. To that end, she sends the assassin Deathstick out to kidnap the girl but also takes the opportunity to send Ochi out on a mission to murder a group of the Emperor’s personal guards.


The Artwork

Quite a lot of the action in this comic takes place in Coruscant and artist Steven Cummings draws it beautifully. Especially for the panel where we see the city from a distance. Additionally, we also get some nice drawings of Darth Vader and Boba Fett when Qi’ra talks about how she has learned to read the different types of killers. The images work so well with Qi’ra’s explanation.



This issue felt like it went by rather quickly. As we see the two Assassins get their missions. It isn’t fully clear as yet what Qi’ra’s plan actually is. But now that she has Cadeliah she now has the key to either breaking or unifying the galaxy’s two most powerful syndicates. Furthermore, the murder of Emporer Palpatine’s personal guard is definitely sending a rather bold message.  But who will Palpatine blame for this crime?

Overall. It is a fairly strong outing with a few moving parts that will eventually feed into a bigger story. I can’t wait to find out the full scope of things.

Star Wars: Crimson Reign (2021-) #2 (of 5)
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