Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #4

Writer: Mike Richardson
Artist: Paul Gulacy
Colorist: Michael Bartolo
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman

The story continues and now Kir Kanos finds himself in Republic custody. Meanwhile Han is wrapping up some military ops and sends a new officer named Lar Ndigo to investigate the missing ship Endor. On Coruscant, Luke and Leia have to deal with their trust issues while danger lurks ever closer.

First off, Lar has an interesting little subplot that shows him to be a fairly competent commander. Initially he is played as an overly eager new recruit. When he hits combat, he shows that he can keep his cool and operate under fire. I’m betting we’ll be seeing more of Lar, and hopefully he won’t be written off. From just his appearance in this issue, he shows some promise.

Han also shows up again, though just as a cameo in the beginning. Most of this issue focuses on Luke and Leia dealing with Kir and Mirith. Luke is very uneasy and suspects both of them of them of possible treachery. He’s been getting a bad feeling in the Force and he knows something is up. The way things play out, it doesn’t work in either Kir or Mirith’s favor. With the series setting up Kir and Mirith as the likeable main characters, making Luke the paranoid semi-antagonist is a little disappointing. At least Leia isn’t as quick to think less of them for their backgrounds.

The artwork is a little bit hit and miss. Some of it is pretty good. The ships look nice and some of the characters are well done. However, some of the characters look a bit odd. This is especially apparent with Han, Leia, and Luke. All of them have an odd style to them that vaguely represents their real life counterparts. Yet that style also make them just appear wrong as well. There was also a scene involving a planet and the way the planet is portrayed with the coloring and texture, it feels out of place.

The story itself certainly moves along, but this issue felt a little weaker than the other issues. There were a couple scenes that really touched upon some emotion, yet overall it was a fast pace and the plot was pretty much just rolling on with out achieving great moments. With just two issues left, I’m hoping everything wraps up nicely. So far Nom Anor’s role hasn’t been touched on much, and the new arrival of Lar Ndigo makes me wonder how much of a role he’ll play in the upcoming issues.

I give Empire Lost #4 a three out of five metal bikinis. It did a good job, but lacked some of the punch the other issues had.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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