In Review: Star Wars: Hidden Empire (2022-) #5 (of 5) – CHAOS REIGNS!

CHAOS REIGNS! The epic conclusion to the trilogy begun with WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS and CRIMSON REIGN! At last, Qi’ra will reveal herself to the Sith.
REIGNS

Synopsis: CHAOS REIGNS! The epic conclusion to the trilogy began with WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS and CRIMSON REIGN! At last, Qi’ra will reveal herself to the Sith. At last, she will have her revenge.

 

The Story

With the Fermatta Cage opening. The Emperor and his Apprentice Darth Vader close in on The Archivist as they wade through Qi’ra’s ground forces. With the sith closing in and the cage now opened. The Archivist makes a fast getaway while Darth Vader is delayed by  Doctor Aphra. The question is. Will Lady Qi’ra’s plan succeed? If not how will Vader and the Emperor thwart her?

 

The Artwork

Steven Cummings produces some fantastic work for this issue. Some of the highlights include the unexpected duel between Darth Vader and Dr. Aphra who seems to be hosting some sort of Force entity while wielding an incredibly powerful weapon against Darth Vader’s lightsaber.  I also loved the visual used to show us that Vader and the Emperor had been trapped in the Fermatta Cage and the satisfied expression that ran across Qi’ra’s face at the moment when she thought she’d won.

I also enjoyed the reveal at the end of the two cloaked figures that had just watched the holovid of Archivist retelling Lady Qi’ra’s story and what happened with The Fermata Cage and what ultimately befell Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

 

Overall

Charles Soule brings his trilogy to a satisfying conclusion and manages to tie it in with the ending of Return of The Jedi by showing us some of the celebrations that took place in the bars and clubs on the various planets throughout the system.

Added to that Soule also leaves us with a few plot threads that he or other writers can pick up on for future Star Wars stories. Especially when it concerns the crime syndicates withing the Star Wars universe.

Hopefully Marvel releases this trilogy in one big volume because I for one would leap at the chance of owning that.

9.8
Star Wars: Hidden Empire (2022-) #5 (of 5) - CHAOS REIGNS!
  • Covers
    9.8
  • Story
    9.6
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

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