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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (28 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857684531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857684530
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Richardson on 10 Jan 2013
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Unlike the previous reviewer I found this chapter in the Crimson Empire trilogy very disappointing. I've only given it as much as two stars because it has one of my favourite Star Wars characters returning, Kir Kanos.

I loved the other two books in this series. The writing was strong, the emotional turmoil of the characters could be felt and Kanos's struggle with his feelings for the Rebel Commander Mirith Sinn against his oath of loyalty, and his perceived need to revenge, Palpatine, was evident and a main part of the friction and attraction between them. His fighting against other Imperials in the other two books made sense, you got it, which led to the angst Kanos was going through.

However this book comes over as simply an excuse for the publishers to make money off the back of a great character. The story is weak and the characters are written against type. For example, Mirith Sinn spends the entire book moaning about her job and wanting to get out of it. Luke Sywalker, supposedly a Jedi Master, comes over as a cynical and untrusting politician. Kir Kanos, the hero, who spent the last two books putting his life on the line to revenge Palpatine suddenly decides that all that doesn't matter anymore and throws it out the window to help people who should be his greatest enemies going on what has been written previously. You feel good that he has eventually done the right thing, but the main attraction to Kanos was that he is an anti-hero, you like him, but know you shouldn't. Here he has fallen into the place held for other 'heroic' star wars characters like Solo, Chewbacca, Wedge, etc, etc and because of that he has lost his edge, the thing that made him watchable and interesting.
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I have been waiting for this graphic novel for a long time and it did not disappoint. I have much love for the expanded universe and this did not disappoint. It tied classic characters with new ones, and showed us there is still life beyond the clone wars. Any true Star Wars fan needs this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 29 Oct 2012
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Crimson Empire III finds Kir Kanos embracing the bounty hunter persona he adapted at the end of part 2. This saga has more guest stars than the other 2 parts, but it still keeps the focus in Kanos and Mirith Sinn. Another would be emperor is waiting to fill Palpatine's throne. He want Kanos as a symbol of his acceptance. Kanos refuses, but to stop this new treat Kanos has to turn his back on his most sacred vow. Will Kanos survive? The Solos and Luke also guest star in this comic. At the end of Crimson Empire II Kanos say he is flying a X-wing to get to know his enemy (Luke Skywalker). Everyone assumes this is for Lukes part in the rebelion but it is mostlly because of Luke being the son of Vader. Kanos sums up his hatred fro Vader in one sentence "I saw Vader touchier and kill young men who's only desire was to serve him". His two meeting with Vader in Crimson Empire back this up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Final Act 18 Sep 2012
By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews - Published on
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The third and final part of the Crimson Empire series was planned to be released in 2001, but was eventually cancelled. In 2008, Michael Richardson announced that he was working on the Crimson Empire III. In October 2011, Dark Horse Comics released the first of the six issues, with the last was released back in April. Courtesy of NetGalley and Dark Horse Comics, I got a chance to review the upcoming complete final volume of the Crimson Empire legacy, containing all six issues.

Kir Kanos, a former Imperial Guardsman to the late Emperor Palapatine, returns to bounty hunting after three years of hiding, when he is asked to join a group of other Imperial Guardsmen, whom want to restore the Empire.

Meanwhile, Princess Leia's New Republic is expanding, but a new threat is emerging from out of the darkness. Mirith Sinn is the Chief of Security of the New Republic, and an on and off again love interest of Kir Kanos, who must deal with new threat - the Imperial assassins.

Learning of the new Imperial group's plans of assassinating Princess Leia, Kir Kanos decides to make a stand and fight against the returning Empire.

I have never read the first or second Crimson Empire, but I easily figured out what was going on in the third. Kir Kanos is and interesting antihero, who once was the enemy of the Republic, but now maybe their only chance of survival. Crimson Empire is darker than the other Star Wars graphic novels that I have reviewed this year and it is better written with incredible artwork to go along with it. This a must have for Star Wars fans.
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A missed opportunity. . . 15 Sep 2012
By Jeff F - Published on
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I read the two original Crimson Empire miniseries when I was in high school back in the '90s, and always hoped that Dark Horse would wrap-up the storyline someday. Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost is an attempt to conclude the trilogy - but we know how those usually turn out. Again, the plot focuses on the last Imperial Guard, Kir Kanos, a seemingly amoral antihero who usually finds himself fighting on the side of the Rebels due to plot contrivances, and Mirith Sinn, a tough-as-nails Rebel commander who stated at the end of the original Crimson Empire that she would avenge her best friend's death at Kanos' hands - but was madly in love with him by Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood. This miniseries could have brought the original plot back into focus, especially considering that Kanos swore vengeance on Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for the Emperor's death, and the solicits for the issues foreshadowded a confrontation between Kanos and Skywalker.

Instead, Crimson Empire III focuses on yet another remnant of the Empire stirring up trouble; they describe themselves as the "real Empire", but considering the amount of "lost remnant of the Empire" factions that cropped up in Star Wars Expanded Universe novels and comics throughout the 90s, one can imagine these characters swearing that they're "totally not like those other Imperials". The villain is a hackneyed assasin with, of course, cybernetic enhancements. In many ways, Crimson Empire III is a time-machine back to the Expanded Universe of old (before fan-favorite characters started dying left and right and everything needed to jibe with the prequels). This is somewhat interesting, considering how long it's been since the earlier Crimson Empire stories. This could have been an interesting character study of Kir Kanos, coming to terms with his loyalty to an evil empire that no longer exists, and could have depicted a battle every Star Wars fan would like to see: Jedi vs. Imperial Guard! The plot does focus somewhat on the forthcoming peace between the New Republic and Imperial Remnant and Kanos' place in this new galaxy, and the character is no longer written as the amoral antihero of the orignal miniseries - but in the end, Crimson Empire III amounts to very little. As for Paul Gulacy's art, it's quite good in spots (especially his renderings of Luke, Han and Leia), but the action scenes often feel cramped and occasionally incomprehensible. I was hoping for a good Star Wars story that was NOT about the characters from the films - Crimson Empire III is merely an okay one.
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A worthy addition to the Star Wars legacy 7 Oct 2012
By Alt - Published on
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Although Mirith Sinn has been offered a position as Leia Organa Solo's head of security, Mirith is uncertain whether she wants the job. Her overriding concern is Kir Kanos, the last surviving member of the Emperor's Royal Guard, and his mission of vengeance. Kanos is being recruited to join a thug named Ennix Devian who, in addition to plotting against Leia and her family while Han Solo is away leading a battle, has a plan to restore the Empire to its former glory. Kanos doesn't think much of Devian, but can he avoid being used as Devian's puppet? And when he delivers a warning to Mirith about Devian's plot, can he be trusted?

Meanwhile, Admiral Pellaeon, the Supreme Commander of the Galactic Empire, is proposing to negotiate a truce between the Empire and the New Republic. Will Devian's treachery undermine the prospect of peace?

Crimson Empire III both advances the Star Wars saga and tells a good story. Action scenes and byzantine politics are well balanced. Familiar characters behave as we expect them to behave -- which, of course, is part of the fun of Star Wars.

The art is impressive, rich with detail. Faces are generally recognizable and battle scenes are vividly drawn. This is, in short, a worthy addition to the Star Wars legacy.
A satisfying conclusion 13 May 2014
By Andrew Rose - Published on
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The third chapter of this series leads Kir to question his previous loyalties and help those who killed his Emperor.
A long wait for this book 14 Feb 2014
By CW FISHER - Published on
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This is a comic book the story is very good and it took a long time to make this book. The wait was worth it. The artwork is outstanding. In a way I am glad they waited this long to write this book. It lets you know about the Vong that invaded the galaxy read The New Jedi Order book series this comic is a bridge and in this story you see Han Solo as a general, Leia and her children and also Luke Skywalker this is a very good tie in to the book series The New Jedi Order. I like comics so I can see what the characters look like and I still love the books also.
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