Synopsis: This month in Hidden Empire. The plans of Lady Qi’ra to use an ancient Dark Side weapon known as the Fermata Cage to destroy the Sith are falling apart, and she has lost many of her primary resources and allies, with Darth Vader drawing ever nearer. Can she salvage victory from certain defeat?
Having activated the Fermata Cage in the last issue. The Archivist makes preparations to activate it for a second time, but this time without help from The Knights of Ren. Meanwhile, Lady Qi’ra and her people have gone to ground and are hiding in a safe house that cannot be detected via a regular scan. Apparently, Qi’ra’s tendency to plan ahead has stood her in good stead. Out in space Darth Vader and the Emperor continue to search for the Fermatta Cage as the ancient sith relic poses a real threat to them. As another Sith showing up could well undermine the Empire and its plans.
Steven Cummings continues to do a brilliant job with the art. I really love the design of all the machinery that surrounds the Fermatta Cage and also loved the visuals that kicked in once it was activated. Particularly the flash glimpses that we get of Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and Palpatine sensing its activation. I loved the image of the Emperor that shows up when he has figured out where the Archivist and her friend are. I also loved the level of detail we see when Qi’ra flies into her safe house.
This second issue really develops the story and leaves us with a fantastic cliffhanger. We also see Lady Qi’ra’s ruthless side come out again when Cadeliah questions her about the plan. Qi’ra pretty much says that she is prepared to let Crimson Dawn die if it sees her fulfill her mission.
I can’t wait to read the next issue to find out what will happen to the Archivist who for much of this book as acted as a narrator.