Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #2

Writer: Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley
Artist: Paul Gulacy
Colorist: Michael Bartolo
Letterist: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman

Empire Lost #2 kicks off as a crime caper as some mysterious individuals steal some strange chunk of metal. Dressed in black armor somewhat reminiscent of Imperial scout trooper armor, but with strange clawed feet, it is impossible to even tell if the thieves are human or alien. A very interesting appearance is made by a SoroSuub Personal Luxury Yacht 5000. By pure chance, I recognized seeing the ship before, and after a little investigating, this ship has only been illustrated once before by Jeff Carlisle in Star Wars Gamer 4. The black and white illustration in that issue was a picture of Talon Karrde’s Uwana Buyer. Now ship fans can rejoice with the beautiful full color illustration of the yacht. Ship lovers will also get a kick out of one scene that shows some old AT-AP’s, Juggernauts, AT-TE’s, and LAAT/c’s in storage.

Ah, the classic vault scene. Empire Lost #2 really did kick off like a crime caper story.

I really enjoyed seeing this SoroSuub yacht's appearance. It's nice to see the EU being utilized.

The cameos by Gilad Pellaeon, Nom Anor, and even a flash back of Vader dominate a full page, making for some fun panels in the issue. A meeting between Pallaeon and Feena D’asta drops mention of a truce between the Republic and Empire. Meanwhile, Nom Anor is stirring up trouble on Adumar. The action then turns to Coruscant where we get to see Leia’s Nogrhi bodyguards in action. All of it is well illustrated. My only gripe is that Leia sometimes looks funny. Aside from that, there is some really nice art. The issue even ends with cool full page visual of Kir Kanos.

Nice shot of Gilad Pellaeon.

Story-wise, Empire Lost #2 feels like a tree as it branches off in different directions. The plot is spiraling out here and there, and it’s hard to see where everything is going to come together at this point. That said, it’s fun to see all the characters plotting away. I’m especially anxious to see how Nom Anor’s plot line fits in.

This scene struck my fancy because of the background. It really added a lot to the palatial aspect of Leia's living quarters.

Always nice to see more images of the Noghri.

The artwork and the story are crowned off with the beautiful cover by Dave Dorman. This is my favorite cover yet and I love the way Kir is shown in action with both staff and blaster. The art really made this issue for me. I loved seeing the ships and well-known characters. The full page highlights of certain characters really heightened the comic’s value.  It added a certain grandeur almost, earning itself a 5 out of 5 metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. Paul Gulacy is such a bad-ass. I can remember a Dark Horse Presents from 1987 with his art for Cement on the cover. Flipping amazing.

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