Dark Horse Comics has a great line up of graphic novels. One of those series is from the Star Wars line. I recently read Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost. This storyline is part of the Crimson Empire series. Empire Lost has some of the characters we know and love from the films like Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca. The well known figures are secondary to the main character Kir Kanos. Kanos is the last surviving member of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guards. These guards were seen in Return of the Jedi. They were the ones dressed all in red on the Death Star.
The story takes place after Return of the Jedi. It shows the Republic gaining strength in the galaxy. Yet even after the Empire was defeated and Palpatine was killed, you come to find out that some are still loyal to the Emperor’s cause and want to defeat the New Republic in his name. There are different factions of the Empire strewn throughout the galaxy. Some are more aggressive and follow the ways of Palpatine and Vader.
Kanos has since ditched the red royal color guard and looks to be a bounty hunter. Kir is “invited” to a secret base to see if he can help overthrow the New Republic. Kanos sees that these men are led by a man named Devian, a former assassin of Palpatine. Kir feels that Devian and his men are just a bunch of thugs and do not want to take part in their plans. He escapes and tries to warn the New Republic not knowing this was all part of Devian’s plan.
There is also the part of Kanos’ love interest Mirith Sinn, who is now the head of security for Leia and her family since Leia is the Chief of State for the Republic. Sinn and Kanos have a love hate relationship and the tension builds throughout the story. You can see the two are struggling to show any emotion since they are soldiers and do not like to show any feelings especially love.
The story is written by Mike Richardson who is known for his works in the Star Wars comic series and keeps up with the tradition of these books from the Star Wars line. The artwork is done by Paul Gulacy who does a great job especially with his drawings of the older versions of Luke, Leia, and Han. You do not need to read the previous Crimson Empire series to enjoy this graphic novel. There is some great dialogue between Luke and Leia and you get to go deeper into the Star Wars universe and learn what happens after Return of the Jedi. The trade paperback is now selling for under 20 dollars.