Saturday, March 11, 2017

Crimson Empire


Issues 1-6 "Crimson Empire"
Released in August, September, October, July 1998.
Set in the New Republic Era, ~11 ABY
Written by Mike Richardson & Randy Stradley
Penciller Paul Gulacy
Letterer Sean Konot
Cover Dave Dorman

This series has long been on the fringes of my awareness. I meant to pick it up multiple times. I almost purchased all three series at once. Ultimately, I was swayed by the first appearances of two TIE Interceptor ace characters from the X-Wing game: Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax, and by promise of mention of Rogue Squadron herein.

Turns out, not much to see, in my opinion. I am not sure how an Imperial Guard has claimed the fallen Emperor's throne (and I am fairly sure I don't want to know). Much was made of a long extended fight sequence between Jax and Kanos, late in the series. I guess it's ok. I don't care for the extreme level of super-humanity displayed by the Royal Guard. I know this is a comic book, but please. Show some restraint! 

As for the Rogue Squadron piece: they do show up (briefly, at the end) but they are flying B-wings and E-wings (that most disgusting of Star Wars craft, to my eye). Wedge is also present, but he's not exactly in an X-wing, either...

Glad I read it, should have seen if I could borrow it from the library or something. Even the inclusion of X-wing pictures on later covers will not entice me to buy Crimson 2 and 3. I may try out that library idea...