REVIEW: Qi’ra Ascendant in Crimson Reign #1
In Crimson Reign #1 by Charles Soule, Steven Cummings, Guru-eFX, and Travis Lanham, with a main cover by Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho, the next chapter in the ongoing Star Wars Marvel Comics saga begins! How does the opening compare with the recently-concluded War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event? Read on, Marvel Blog True Believers!
Crimson Reign #1 immediately seizes the reader’s attention thanks to a story frame that uses a familiar character called “the Archivist.” On the first page, the reader steps into the role of a character who is activating some kind of holocron. From here, the Archivist begins to set the stage for the story, which begins with Qi’ra, whose ambition and skill allow her to rise from the streets of Corellia all the way to the top of the Crimson Reign organization. It’s an epic tale that is immediately engaging!
Like much of the story of War of the Bounty Hunters, it also does a great job of integrating elements from every corner of the Star Wars universe. Obviously, Solo plays a major role (given that that’s where Emilia Clarke originated the role of Qi’ra), but we also see the return of the Knights of Ren and Ochi of Bestoon.
Qi’ra is a great character, and she has some truly heroic qualities – for example, her perspective on the unfair distribution of power in the galaxy is pretty hard to argue against. Plus, given that she is angling the organization so that it can push back on the Sith, it looks like she’s on the right side of Star Wars history! However, it remains to be seen what trajectory Crimson Reign will ultimately take over the course of this tie-in event.
Crimson Reign #1
This is the “second act” of the story after War of the Bounty Hunters. Did you get a chance to read that storyline? Are you ready for Crimson Reign?
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