Synopsis: This month on Hidden Empire. All of Lady Qi’ra’s plans to destroy the Sith hanging in the balance, but she is not alone in her desire to destroy the Dark Lords. Witness a battle decades in the making, as Darth Vader faces off against an adversary who has spent her entire life training for this one, final shot at revenge.
Picking up from where the last issue left off. The Archivist is in danger as she comes face to face with Darth Vader. Lucky for her Lady Qi’ra has planned for this eventuality and has engaged the services of Channath Cha and her Orphans. Cha has a grudge to settle with Vader and is going to use the rescue of The Archivist and the Fermatta Cage as a means to get revenge for the murder of her parents at the hands of Darth Vader.
Steven Cummings continues to impress and gives us plenty of eye candy to look at. A high point is a fight between Darth Vader and Channath Cha. I loved the sequence where Cha orders her robot to cover Vader with acid. I loved the imagery of the green fluid seeping into the cracks in Vader’s armor and seeing him retreat into the sea to cool down warmed my heart. Obviously, my joy at seeing Vader suffer a little is short-lived. But the ongoing fight between Cha and the Sith Lord is a visual treat.
This is very much a story within a story. The rescue of the archivist was necessary as she is Qi’ra’s best ally in her bid to bring the Empire down. But it is Channath Cha’s personal story and her hunger for revenge that makes this issue so good. And it is bookended brilliantly at the close of the issue where Qi’ra explains to Cadeliah that Channath Cha’s story is now a part of her story.
Overall. This was a fantastic issue.