Dark Times: Fire Carrier #1

Dark Times: Fire Carrier #1 (of 5)

Writer: Randy Stradley
Artist: Gabriel Guzman
Colorist: Garry Henderson
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Doug Wheatley

Dark Times is back, this time with K’Kruhk and a new art team. Fire Carrier #1 picks up where Dark Times: Parallels left off. Having slayed a group of pirates, K’Kruhk and his younglings take the pirates’ ship and head for civilization. Yet the galaxy has changed since K’Kruhk last traveled it. The Clone Wars have come to an end, and a man named Vader looms large in the headlines.

Interestingly enough, this issue takes place after the events of Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison. Work has begun on the new Imperial Palace after the damage done by General Gentis’ failed coup attempt. It is there on Coruscant that Darth Vader is testing the assassin Falco Sang who debuted in Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness. Meanwhile Jedi Master K’Kruhk and his group of younglings crash land on Arkinnea, a planet in the Expansion Region, where they become acquainted with refugee camps. Believe it or not, that’s about all there is to the issue. Still, there was some cool little details worth mentioning. For starters, I liked the bit of Vader propaganda Randy Stradley  managed to squeeze into the story. It was also a nice change of pace to see the Imperials actually in a positive light. While on Arkinnea, it’s the planet’s local militia that give K’Kruhk problems, not the local Imperials. Later on the issue reveals a nice surprise in the way of Master Zao. Zao was a character from the Republic comics. In this issue he gives K’Kruhk’s younglings an amusing lesson which has a double meaning for K’Kruhk. Zao also drops a cryptic line about some danger on the planet. All in all, the story gets readers reacquainted with the characters, touches base with a few old story threads, and lays some groundwork for the plot.

The art in the issue isn’t too bad. It’s not exactly eye candy but it gets the job done. I’d rate it around a four out of five. There was one scene involving a brawl that included some cool aliens. The Cerean in the scene was a nice nod to Ki-Adi-Mundi, complete with funny hat and white beard.  There was also a towering Amani which is a species we don’t see too often. As the refugee camp scenes progressed, Gabriel Guzman had more opportunities to show a wide variety of aliens, from Quermians to Ho’din.

Here’s a taste of the artwork from Gabriel Guzman and Garry Henderson.

Uncolored interior art by Gabriel Guzman.

Colored interior art by Gabriel Guzman and Garry Henderson.

Altogether, Fire Carrier #1 kicks off to a bit of a slow start, but not a disappointing one. The art, story, and characters are good, there are some nice tie-ins, and the issue ends with an intriguing, cryptic warning from Zao. The uncertainty of Zao’s message leaves the reader in anticipation of what lies in wait in the next issue. I give Fire Carrier #1 a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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