Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood

Having killed Carnor Jax in the first mini-series, Kir Kanos returns in another 6-issue mini-series, Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood.  This time his sights are set on eliminating members of the Imperial Interim Ruling Council for their part in Emperor Palpatine's death.

Several characters from the original series return, including New Republic's Mirith Sinn who seeks revenge against Kir Kanos for killing her Trandoshan friend Sish Sadeet and Mirith's subordinate Massimo.  For the first three issues of the series, Kir Kanos is disguised as the bounty Hunter Kenix Kil, but he does don his familiar crimson red uniform in the fourth issue where he rescues Mirith from the Zanibar on the planet Xo.  Much of the series focuses on the machinations of Council members vying for influence over the remains of the Empire.  This is a much different Empire than the one Palpatine ruled; due to the success of the New Republic's campaign against the Imperials, the once xenophobic Empire now has alien species members and it is a collaboration of Imperial Warlords rather than a central government that defines the power structure.

Perhaps the most significant event is this mini-series are the seeds planted in the story starting with the first issue.  A character only shown in shadows named Nom Anor is manipulating Council member Xandel Carivus.  Readers of the New Jedi Order from Del Rey will recognize Nom Anor as a reoccurring character in that series of novels.  Nom Anor is an advance scout of the Yuuzhan Vong, intent on sowing discontent in the galaxy, making it easier for his species to invade.  Interestingly, Dark Horse initiated the idea of the alien invasion, but Lucasfilm chose Del Rey to execute the massive story that unfolded over four years.

Star Wars: Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood #1a (November 1998)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood #2a (December 1999)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood #3a (January 1999)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood #4a (February 1999)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood #5a (March 1999)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire II - Council of Blood #6a (April 1999)
Dave Dorman provides the painted covers for this series.

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