Marvel Comics has announced that Charles Soule is set to conclude his ‘Qi’ra saga’ by following Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters and Star Wars: Crimson Reign with the five issue miniseries Star Wars: Hidden Empire.
“This new story is designed to deliver the big finale to Qi’ra’s story — at least this phase of it,” Soule tells StarWars.com. “She emerged from years of hiding with an elaborate, incredible plan to bring down the Sith, and Hidden Empire is the endgame. It brings in players from all over the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader to Doctor Aphra to the Knights of Ren, and I think it’ll be really satisfying — but tragic. As I had a character say in the very first issue of Crimson Reign, Qi’ra’s story is a tragedy. But… in a good way.”
“Hidden Empire is set between Episodes V and VI. So, there are things this story can do and things it can’t. That said, I think it will deliver a deeply satisfying conclusion to Qi’ra’s arc here, and readers will understand how her choices in this story impacted events all across the Star Wars galaxy at this time. As with many of the comics and novels and ancillary stories beyond the films, the idea is to deepen the experience and understanding of the characters. There are direct connections here to both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — and beyond — and I think the fans will be very happy.”
Star Wars: Hidden Empire #1 will go on sale in November.