The Rise of Kylo Ren #1

The Rise of Kylo Ren #1

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Will Sliney
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain

The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 is a tantalizing tease at answers, yet it’s also a story that raises many many questions. It’s far to early to judge the series yet, but at least the first issue has promise of a good story.

In this first issue, we get a glimpse of the past and the Knights of Ren, without Ben Solo or Kylo Ren. With this prologue, there’s some snippets about who these people are and what they believe. First off, they are all Force sensitive. They call it touching the shadow. Secondly, the leader is the only one with a lightsaber and he refers to his saber as the Ren.

“The Ren doesn’t stop to worry about what it’s burning or the right or wrong of it, or the goals it might achieve. The Ren just is. It lives, and it consumes, and it doesn’t apologize. It is its nature and nothing else.”

Their leader ritualistically burns himself with his lightsaber. “Bathe yourself in the shadow, fight its battles, preserve its tools, eat what it sends you.” And in order to join their ranks, you must be Force sensitive and provide a good death. We learn they have a master, and one of them is named Trudgen, but not the leader.

After that, the story goes to the “present” and follows Ben Solo. There’s a little bit of jumping around, but it’s all around the fight with Luke, the burning of the temple, and Ben leaving the planet. We learn a couple things. First off, Ben didn’t burn the temple, someone blew it up, so he wasn’t responsible for killing any of those students or destroying the place. Secondly, three students arrived and confronted him, but he fought them off without killing them. He ran off to wherever Snoke is, which ends up being some kind of garden space station. Interestingly enough, Snoke is not in his gold bath robe and he’s quite kind and affectionate toward Ben. We also learn it’s been some time since Ben has visited his home, Hosnian Prime, and his mom. Ben also mentions that Luke did something to Snoke, which is interesting. The comic ends on a cliff hanger as Ben says he’s been thinking about the Knights of Ren.

As a tease for answers, this certainly achieves that. However, it raises a lot of questions. How did Luke know Snoke? Did he suspect Palpatine was inhabiting/influencing Snoke? How did Snoke corrupt Ben? Hopefully the upcoming issues will answer some questions and help fill in the gaps left by The Rise of Skywalker as there is still much we don’t know about Ben and Snoke.

As is, this comic is a good read and has good artwork. I give it a five out of five.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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