In Review: Star Wars: Hidden Empire (2022-) #1 (of 5)

The mysterious syndicate Crimson Dawn and its leader Lady Qi'ra have become the galaxy's most wanted criminals

Synopsis: In Star Wars: Hidden Empire. The mysterious syndicate Crimson Dawn and its leader Lady Qi’ra have become the galaxy’s most wanted criminals, as Emperor Palpatine realizes the scope of Qi’ra’s plans against him and moves to destroy her. But Qi’ra still has tricks up her sleeve, and with the help of the Knights Of Ren and her many other allies, she will not go down without a fight!


The Story

In the wake of events seen in Crimson Reign and the ongoing Star Wars comics. Lady Qi’ra has gained the attention of Emperor Palpatine and he has sent his most dangerious ships after her. However, Qi’ra has planned for this eventuality and has enlisted her archivist to learn all that she can about an ancient Sith relic called the Fermata Cage, which is so powerful that it can disrupt time and has also served as a trap for sith in the past. However, Qi’ra’s plans do not seem to be going as planned.


The Artwork

Steven Cummings does some great artwork for this issue and his character drawings of the Emperor are fantastic and capture his likeness from the films really well. I particularly liked the panel toward the end of this issue in which we see a giant hologram of the Emperor telling Darth Vader to find Qi’ra and kill her. I also enjoyed the drawings of the Archivist and how they were mostly shrouded in a cyan wash.



Star Wars: Hidden Empire does a great job of continuing the development of Lady Qi’ra as a character and I’m loving every page of it. I really enjoyed how the previous book series Crimson Reign gets referenced as well as a few references to the recent storyline in the Star Wars ongoing comic.

Overall. A really strong start, which ends on a great cliffhanger.

Star Wars: Hidden Empire (2022-) #1 (of 5)
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