|Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost|
Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost is the sequel to Crimson Empire and Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood set in the wake of the Battle of Nam Chorios. Like its predecessors, it is a 6-part miniseries co-written by Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley. Though originally canceled, the series was revived for a 2011-12 release. About the time that the first issue was released, Dark Horse created a caption contest for two lucky people to win a copy of the first issue signed by three of the creators.
- "I patterned Crimson Empire after the Japanese tale of the forty-seven Ronin - not in the story itself, but in the quest for revenge. How I see it in the first Crimson Empire series is that it deals with laying out the ground work and its interaction with the initial characters, with actually somewhat of a tragic ending to the first series. I see it as a trilogy: the second part being the quest for Luke Skywalker - for his part in the death of the Emperor; the third part, the revenge on the ruling council. It'll be a story-cycle that takes them through personal discovery, great adventure, and intrigue in the Empire itself. And ultimately the opportunity for revenge, where Kir Kanos finds himself."
- ―Mike Richardson
Crimson Empire III was originally planned for release in 2001 and later 2002, but the project was eventually shelved. The basic plotline, set in the New Jedi Order era, was to have Kir Kanos fight Luke Skywalker, the last one left who was complicit in Palpatine's death. The concept of an Imperial Royal Guard fighting Skywalker was a concept Stradley developed for Marvel's Star Wars series, but was not allowed to use; it was the originator of the original Crimson Empire concept.
Besides Kanos and Skywalker, Mirith Sinn would certainly have appeared, and Nom Anor might have also. Besides the plot of Kanos fighting Skywalker, it might have provided an additional tie-in to the Bantam/Dark Horse invasion storyline.[source?] The short comic Hard Currency also seemed to be a prelude to Crimson Empire III.
In 2008, Mike Richardson announced that he and Stradley were working on the project again to finally wrap up the Crimson Empire saga. Several days later, however, Stradley announced that although there had been talks, the project was not going to happen. In 2010, at Celebration V, Crimson Empire III was announced for a 2011 release. Richardson and Stradley will be writing, with Paul Gulacy on the art. A prequel story titled The Third Time Pays for All was published in Dark Horse Presents #1 in April 2011. In July 2011, the solicit for the first issue was released, revealing the miniseries' subtitle as "Empire Lost".
|Collected (TPB) issue||Released issue||Future issue|
|Issue||Title||Publication date||Trade paperback||TPB pub date|
|Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost||Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost||September 12, 2012|
|1||Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 1||October 26, 2011|
|2||Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 2||November 30, 2011|
|3||Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 3||December 28, 2011|
|4||Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 4||February 8, 2012|
|5||Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 5||March 7, 2012|
|6||Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 6||April 25, 2012|