The Rise of Kylo Ren #2

The Rise of Kylo Ren #2

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

The Rise of Kylo Ren #2 continues Ben’s journey on his dark path as he hunts down the Knights of Ren in order to join them. From chit chats with Snoke, to flash backs of an earlier encounter with the Knights, we learn a bit more about Ben, Luke and Snoke. But the pieces are still small and tantalizing, not enough to put the entire story together, but just enough to fuel more speculation.

The comic opens with some interesting dialog from Snoke. He talks about holding back the dark, denying the nature of things, and he says there’s only so much he could teach him. He’s obviously playing dumb, and it because very apparent that Ben has no idea who Snoke really is or what he’s controlling. Snoke mentions General Brendol Hux, who Ben doesn’t know, and Snoke plays it off without explaining it. During this time, he continues to play the kind old man as he slowly seduces Ben further to the dark side.

One of the key topics in this issue is names. Ben says he hates his name because everyone thinks he’s supposed to be Obi-Wan Kenobi, and on top of that, his dad’s last name is a lie. Snoke tells Ben that he will need a true name in order to join the Knights of Ren. They dance around the name Kylo without saying it, at least it seems that way since Ben thinks of a name he thought of as a kid, and Snoke tells him it’s a good one. He goes on to say, “I was not born Snoke. I became Snoke.” Of course that doesn’t answer the question of who Snoke was. Or even is, for that matter. Is he a meat puppet for Palpatine or simply under his influence?

Regardless, much of the comic is a flashback from when Ben was a kid travelling with Lor San Tekka and Luke. They went to investigate a Jedi outpost in the Unknown Regions on a planet called Elphrona. It’s hard to say how young Ben is, but he could be around ten or twelve. The really interesting aspect is that young Ben talks to Snoke telepathically and over great distances. So now we know Snoke has been playing this game for a long long time. Anyways, they run into the Knights of Ren, Luke breaks all their weapons, and they run off. But not before their leader, Ren, tells Luke that he senses the shadow in Ben. He taunts him to think about following other paths than the Jedi.

The comic ends with Ben trying to find the Knights via an old clue. He gets a location, but he’s also found by his fellow surviving Jedi classmates.

The artwork is pretty good throughout the issue, and the coloring is also really nice. Soule does a good job with the dialog, the storytelling, and seeding in bits of lore and juicy clues. Overall it’s a good issue. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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