THE RISE OF KYLO REN #2
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Will Sliney
Letterer: Travis Lanham
First off let me say, that this is a book I had no intention of picking up. Not because I don't like Star Wars or Kylo Ren, I mean I'm a diehard Star Wars fan, but because Marvel just puts out entirely too much. But with them starting over the main Star Wars book, which I reviewed here, and Charles Soule writing it I decided to give them another chance. Not to mention that after watching "Rise of Skywalker", I found myself wanting more Star Wars stuff to immerse myself in. While the first issue of this series sold out right away at my shop, I was still lucky enough to read the first issue, which was fantastic, and knew I had to check the rest out.
Kylo Ren is arguably one of the best aspects of the new trilogy, even through some of the inconsistencies and I love that we get to see him take the spotlight in this book. This series shows us Kylo Ren, before he succumbed to the Dark Side, in this book he's still Ben Solo. What's really great about this series is that we learn why he changed his name and even more important, that the Knights of Ren were around before he switched sides. That's right, He changed his name to Ren because he was inspired to do so. This book already adds new layers to this character and it's only 2 issues in.
This issue brings new light to the relationship between Snoke and Ben. It shows that it he was being manipulated back to when he was a young boy. This is already one of the best mini-series, in the new canon, that Marvel has produced. It feels consequential and really additive to the mythology, whereas some of the other books just felt like filler.
One of the highlight of the book was watching Luke take down the Knights of Ren and getting a little backstory on who the Knights are and their leader. With Ben still training and assisting Luke on this mission to an old Jedi temple, he first meets the Knights. See Ben adopted the name Ren because he was inspired to do so. We also meet Ren who was the leader of the Knights and seems to be in tune with the Dark side. Were they former Jedi?? Who knows but I could read a whole mini-series just about them.
Soule and Sliney once again delivered a fantastic issue and have me eagerly awaiting the next one. My only hope from this series is that Marvel puts out more books like this and less "filler".