Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #12

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #12

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #12 contains minor spoilers.

Marvel has, with the latest issue of the second volume of Darth Vader, not just put Anakin Skywalker down the path to unadulterated evil, but catapulted him into an abyss from which there won’t be any return until the waning moments of what we saw in Return of the Jedi.

That’s a lot to deal with, but the gravity of the issue written by Charles Soule and magnificently paced with some mind-bending illustration by penciller Giuseppe Camuncoli, inker Daniele Orlandini and colors by David Curiel is profound. The lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna is muted where it needs to be and loud and boisterous when needed.

That it’s just part two of “The Rule of Five” story arc is almost unsettling, given there’s three more issues to go and we’ve already had more than our fair share of death and betrayal.

The scope of this series has been to dive deep into what made Darth Vader such a villain. So far it’s doing that, but so much more.

What we, as readers, are experiencing, is the absolute erasure of anything good and pure about Anakin. Soule is clearly relishing this opportunity to chart one man’s descent into eternal torment. His handling of the fall is almost Miltonesque in its subtle grandeur and emotional wallop.

With Palpatine serving as a Charon-like totem, parting the waters of confusion and doubt for Vader, this series is growing beyond something more than a block of multi-issue story arcs, it’s becoming a Sith hagiography, one likely to become a testament.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #17 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, tune in to the next episode of Comics With Kenobi.)

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