Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #8

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.

It’s evident by now that the second volume of Marvel’s Darth Vader is not just treading new ground, but sowing it with superb characterization and notions that capably blend events from the Prequel Trilogies and into Star Wars: Rebels.

Yet what makes this issue stand out, besides the crisp yet sweeping art courtesy of Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini and David Curiel, along with letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, is how we as readers are shown two starkly different, yet parallel paths to determination and grit.

Vader, still smarting from Palpatine’s foisting the Inquisitorius upon him, is shrewd and calculating, wholly self confident in his abilities and merciless in his approach. Nu? She’s light and airy yet possessed of an iron will brooks no dissent, particularly when it comes to the defiling of the beloved lored she’s kept watch over for so long.

This book deftly illustrates the divide, and bridge, that unites and repels both sides of the force. It’s a new path, one we’ve not seen before, yet one we’ll come back to more than once.

Finally, keep a sharp eye on Nu’s secret chamber. Readers of Soule’s Lando mini series will find an Easter egg of sorts.

Darth Vader #8 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #37 in December.)

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