Monday, August 22, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Crimson Empire

The Emperor's Royal Guard, introduced in the Return of the Jedi, are the personal bodyguards of Emperor Palpatine.  Clad from head to toe in crimson red, these silent sentinels are armed with a force pike and invoke fear in anyone who takes audience with the Emperor.  They are chosen from the top Imperial soldiers and Royal Guards are fiercely loyal to the Emperor.

Dark Horse explored the Royal Guard in a 6-part mini-series titled Star Wars: Crimson Empire.  The story takes place after the death of Emperor Palpatine's clone and pits Carnor Jax and Kir Kanos, two former Royal Guards, against each other.  Carnor Jax, a traitor to the Emperor and the Royal Guard, leads the remnants of the Imperial forces.  Kir Kanos is the sole surviving Royal Guard who vows to take revenge on Carnor Jax for betraying the Emperor as well as his fellow guardsmen.

Star Wars: Crimson Empire #1a (December 1997)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire #2a (January 1998)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire #3a (February 1998)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire #4a (March 1998)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire #5a (April 1998)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire #6a (May 1998)
The painted covers for Crimson Empire are by artist Dave Dorman.  Dorman is best known for his Star Wars artwork and has created a large amount of covers for Dark Horse's Star Wars line.

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