A Good Kill: ‘Star Wars Rise Of Kylo Ren #3’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Ben Solo has at last found the Knights of Ren. The leader, a man called Ren, offers Ben the chance to join on the basis that Ben has had “a good kill.” Ben claims that he has, but Ren says that Luke Skywalker, whom he’s convinced is not dead, does not count. As such, Ben describes a kill he’s had since then and he explains his encounter with his three fellow students, Voe, Hennix, and Tai, at the temple where Luke and Ben had previously met the Knights of Ren. Ben Solo had his “good kill” here.

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 art by Clayton Crain
Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 art by Clayton Crain

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 shows us Ben Solo trying to join the Knights of Ren. Ben is still not Kylo Ren, but Snoke and the Knights of Ren are dedicated to seeing Ben become this.

This issue focuses on Ben’s relationship with the other Jedi students and using this to contextualize his duel with them at the ancient Jedi temple. 

Much of the comic is Ben’s duel with Voe, Hennix, and Tai. It’s a tenuous battle showing how reluctant Ben is to genuinely fight, let alone kill, his peers. It adds to the tragedy, as we see how hard Ben fought his “destiny” to become Kylo Ren.

We get more insight into the original Ren in this issue. He’s more casual and conversational with Ben Solo than we’ve seen so far–mostly because Ren isn’t actively trying to kill Ben. It adds somewhat to the legend of the Knights of Ren, which Rise of Skywalker did little to expand upon.

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 art by Will Sliney, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC;s Travis Lanham
Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 art by Will Sliney, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC;s Travis Lanham

Will Sliney gives the book an excellent treatment once again and he does a hell of a job in rendering the action scene between Ben and his fellow Jedi students. His detailing work is downright impeccable in this issue. Ben Solo’s head does look oddly big for his body in many flashbacks, but that does little to detract from the fantastic artwork of the comic. Guru-eFX adds to the visuals with a well-balanced and popping color palette that fits the cosmic epic nature of the book.

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 is another issue which adds to the tragic nature of the Ben Solo legend. We watch him seek shelter in the Knights of Ren after a reluctant battle against his fellow Jedi students. It’s a heartbreaking issue with plenty of action and gorgeous art and it earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 comes to us from writer Charles Soule, artist Will Sliney, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Clayton Crain, and variant cover artist Stefano Landini with Nicola Righi.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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