Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #9

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.

As such, it’s a matter of sweet revenge to try and fell her, but it’s also a test for Vader, who, despite his fierce and menacing countenance, is only starting to make a name for himself among his cohorts and underlings. His notoriety is fresh and budding, for now and he still embraces the cloak of anonymity, hiding his old life, but not to all (a droid never forgets).

Nu continues to shine in this story arc, doing her best to preserve the legacy of the Jedi and protect those yet to come, namely Jedi-sensitive young across the galaxy.

That she is willing to take up her arms speaks volumes to her tenacity, even when she draws out a most uncivilized weapon, but in a way only a Jedi can do.

Darth Vader #9 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

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

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