The very first installment of Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 reveals a lot about the mysterious Knights of Ren. The story is written by Charles Soule and Will Sliney and it provides Star Wars fans with quite a bit of detail before heading into theaters to check out The Rise of Skywalker. Ever since The Force Awakens, diehard fans have wondered about the mysterious knights and their origin, especially since Rian Johnson left them out of The Last Jedi. There are possible SPOILERS for The Rise of Skywalker below, so read ahead at your own risk.
Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 is currently on sale and it is something that a lot of fans might want to read before checking out Star Wars 9. Some of the more common questions about the mysterious masked group revolves around who they serve, where they come from, and whether or not they can tap into the powers of the Force. The comic begins with a masked man stating, "I am called Ren. But that's not my name." His body is scorched and injured, though he seems to present his wounds as a badge of honor, since the rest of the group is covered.
This mysterious man obviously is not Kylo Ren. Is this where Ben Solo eventually got his name? Can anybody be Ren? It has been confirmed that the Knights of Ren have names, including one member who goes by Trudgen. The Knights existed before Kylo Ren and followed around the man named Ren who wields a red Sith Lightsaber, which is actually the Ren. "The Ren doesn't stop to worry about what it's burning or the right or wrong of it, or the goals it might achieve," says the man named Ren. "The Ren just is. It lives, and it consumes, and it doesn't apologize. It is its nature and nothing else."
The Knights of Ren follow the actual Ren (the Sith Lightsaber), which is why they follow Kylo Ren in the latest trilogy. The idea of worshipping the device, which is quite rare, is understandable. Even Ren is a devout follower of the Ren who enjoys the magical weapon's simplicity, along with its ability to burn and destroy. It's not clear if the weapon is the cause for his body damage, but it would make sense. Ren is also on the hunt for others who may be Force-sensitive to join the group.
As for being able to use the Force, it appears that the Knights of Ren are able to tap into the Dark Side, albeit weakly. They can levitate things above their hands, but it doesn't seem to go much further than that, though they can probably all tune into disturbances in the Force. Writer Charles Soule had this to say about their Force abilities.
"They can all use the Force, the dark side of the Force, to varying degrees. They're not as powerful as a Jedi or a Sith, but they use it when they fight... They have some sort of a code, like a motorcycle gang, but it's not elaborate. They're flexible... Mostly they're just kind of out to live their lives the way they want to live them and take what the galaxy will give them and eat what the dark side sends."
By the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1, Star Wars fans are left wondering who the Knights of Ren show their true allegiance to since they were around before Ben Solo. As it turns out, The Rise of Skywalker more than likely reveals who this is, which would be Emperor Palpatine, who is somehow back from the dead in the latest movie. Now that we have some background information, fans are going to definitely want to check out issue #2 when it's released next year. This also raises the question of who the young group of Jedi students are that Kylo Ren took off with after believing to have killed Luke Skywalker. You can more information about the series, along with where to purchase over at the official Star Wars site.