Star Wars: Crimson Reign by Steven Cummings, Charles Soule

e_flah's review

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Star Wars: Crimson Reign was a gripping read that built on concepts I really enjoyed from Solo. I'm really looking forward to reading the final part of the story in October.

billyjepma's review

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A mixed bag, as many of the Star Wars comics are. I like a lot of the ideas Soule is juggling here, and seeing Qi’ra again and more powerful than ever is genuinely exciting, especially because she’s such an unknown player. Soule just has the unfortunate tendency to tell stories in painfully obvious ways and with a loose grasp of tone or intent. It feels less like a story and more like a  mechanical slideshow of plot points, which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s not exactly compelling, either. All of the concepts Soule is lassoing together here are cool, my investment just isn’t there. So many of the major characters outside of Qi’ra don’t work for me—the Knights of Ren and Ochi the assassin continue to be more obnoxious than anything, for example. 

The artwork doesn’t help thing, either, as it’s only ever fine at best. None of the Star Wars series’ have managed to find a consistent visual identity, and I’ve yet to stop being disappointed by how bland the visuals are. You’re working with some of the most iconic and creative ideas out there, so why do these books all look the same? There’s moments that stand out, but even those are only memorable because of the ideas behind them. 

If I was a smarter man, I’d stop reading all of the comics Star Wars puts out, because they haven’t done anything notable in quite some time. These comics might be empty calories, but hey, I’m a well-documented sucker, and I am interested enough in where Qi’ra ends up, so I’m in it for the long haul, as always.