Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #9

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #9 contains minor spoilers.

Jocasta Nu is brains and brawn.

Oh, and guns?

Jedi have them and Jocasta uses her with the greatest of efficacy and ease.

That’s just the beginning of what writer Charles Soule and artistic team Guiseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Daniele Orlandini (inks), David Curiel (colors) and VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters) have wrought with a tale that is nonstop action even as it offers more detail about the Jedi Order and Nu’s importance to not just it, but Emperor Palpatine, his Empire and the Sith, too.

This arc, part III of “The Dying Light,” is a riveting story, focusing with precision as it does on Nu and the Grand Inquisitor, a fallen Jedi who has harbored a grudge against her over her refusal to share with him deeper Jedi knowledge and lore. Nu makes it clear it wasn’t personal. In her role she had to guard both unready Jedi — masters, knights and padawans — from learning too much and knowing too little.

It’s that knowledge that makes her so valuable to Palpatine and to Vader, but not to the Grand Inquisitor who, despite not being Sith, is consumed by Sith-like desire to punish the one — he believes — denied him the forbidden fruit of knowledge.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #21

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #21 contains minor spoilers.

Just going to put it all out there: Star Wars: Poe Dameron is the finest of the current crop of Marvel’s Star Wars comics.

It seamlessly threads events from the Prequel, Original and New Trilogies, while paying far more than homage to the characters that have come before it and may yet come again.

The latest issue, Poe Dameron #21, is a splendid example of this, focusing not on just Leia Organa, but the blood ties of her family, past, present and possibly future, too.

If that’s not enough, writer Charles Soule, artist Angel Unzueta, colorist Arif Prianto and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, combine for a riveting and fast-paced story that reads like a heist caper with just enough emotional context to make it solidly satisfying.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #8

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #8 contains minor spoilers.

Never besmirch the good books amid the presence of a librarian fighting for outright survival.

To tally with such tomes with contempt and disrespect can invite nothing good. Rather it would invite troublesome toil and vexation the likes of which could dispel even the most inquisitive among us in a grand fashion.

In short? Jocasta Nu is the arguably the most lethal Jedi the order ever produced and we wonder what the galaxy would have been like had she been on the front lines of preserving peace and order in the now-fallen Republic.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #7.

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 contains minor spoilers.

Knowledge is power.

And if there’s power to be had, there’s a Sith Lord gunning for it and that who holds it.

Such is the story in the Charles Soule-penned issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 that sees Jedi Knight and Master Librarian Jocasta Nu become the focus of efforts by Vader and the Inquisitorius to finish the purge begun by Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith.

But Jedi are hard to kill, particularly when they’re experienced, on the run and not clustered in the Jedi Temple as padawan younglings.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #20

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #20 contains minor spoilers.

Forgive Black Squadron its foibles and internal relationships, rocky and romantic.

This is a cohesive unit with its collective eyes on the prize of smiting the First Order and, at the very least, ensuring the survival of what has quickly become a very unstable and uncertain Resistance.

Writer Charles Dameron and artist Angel Unzueta, along with colorist Arif Prianto and letter VC’s Joe Caramagna, propel readers along a new story arc, “Legend Found,” that guides the series closer to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and gives us a look at Lor San Tekka in action.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics January Solicits

 

January’s Star Wars comics offer a peek into the life of Star Wars: The Last Jedi character DJ, the mystery man played by Benicio Del Toro.

There’s a conclusion, too, in the showdown between Darth Vader and Jocasta Nu.

While in not one, but two, issues of Star Wars, the ashes of Jedha are stoked as the fire burns within Luke Skywalker.

Doctor Aphra finds herself neck deep in trouble, again, as a familiar face may lend a helping hand or, perhaps, a swift kick.

While in the pages of Poe Dameron, Gen. Leia Organa and Black Squadron find themselves stymied in their crucial search for Lor San Tekka on a covert and dangerous mission to Cato Neimoidia.

Read on to find out more about January’s six Marvel Star Wars comics, including creative teams and more.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #6

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #6 contains minor spoilers.

Pity poor Darth Vader, still a victim to the poor choices he made and pupil to a mentor who’d just as soon kill him as maliciously smile at him.

On second thought, spare no pity for poor Darth Vader.

He’s in a purgatory of his own volition, a hell in a machine shell that his lack of foresight and inability to keep emotion at bay has wrought.

Such is the predicament that writer Charles Soule, penciller Giuseppe Camuncoli, inker Cam Smith, colorist David Curiel and letter VC’s Joe Caramagna have placed the Jedi formerly known as Anakin in and there’s no hope he’ll ever get out of it.

Which is good, just even, given the concluding chapter of “The Chosen One” has Darth Vader triumphant and then subservient despite having completed his task of acquiring the weapon of a Sith.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #19

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #19 contains minor spoilers.

Marvel’s Poe Dameron monthly is flying just as high and nimble as its namesake pilot.

From Charle Soule’s storytelling, Angel Unzueta’s art, Arif Prianto’s colors, VC’s Joe Caramagna’s letters, Phil Noto’s covers and the steady hands of editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, this book is firing on all cylinders, offering up compelling characters, deeply riveting plots and excitement akin to watching a Star Wars film in the cinema.

The concluding arc of “War Stories” is no exception.

This issue provides a deftly satisfying conclusion to the exploration of Suralinda Javos and Oddy Muva, as well as laying down hints about Terex’s future, within and without the First Order.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #5

This review of Darth Vader #5 contains minor spoilers.

Now we know the truth about Mustafar.

The rocky and molten planet is far more than we ever thought it was and could be.

It’s name forever enshrined with not just Anakin Skywalker’s first mission for Darth Sidious, but as the fulcrum that destroyed who Anakin was and turned him, completely, into Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith.

You’ll be reading a lot of hyperbole about this issue — written by Charles Soule, penciled by Giuseppe Camucoli, inked by Cam Smith, colored by David Curiel, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White.

It’s true, all of it, to paraphrase Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

Darth Vader #5 may well go down in Star Wars lore as the most pivotal tale of how Vader forever cast off any trappings of whatever good lay buried deep within him. Read more

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Marvel Star Wars Comics’ November Solicits

November’s seven Star Wars comics see the debut of Kieron Gillen on the main monthly, two issues of Darth Vader, the penultimate issue of the Mace Windu five-issue mini series and ongoing adventures with Poe Dameron and Doctor Aphra.

Also? Inquisitors!

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