Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #4

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #4 contains minor spoilers.

In the penultimate issue of the first arc of Charles Soule’s history of the Dark Lord of Sith, readers are treated to something not seen since the waning minutes of Revenge of the Sith: A weakened Vader contending with not just failure, but mortal peril.

The result? Pain, horror and revenge.

Darth Vader — not yet ascendant in his quest to capture and bleed the lightsaber of Jedi Master Kirak Infil’a — falls deeper into the abyss of his own making. Yet, at the same time, readers see how much power he truly has and how callous he will soon become.

The issue is sparking with fierce combat and philosophically inspired banter that sees writer Charle Soule’s story blend seamlessly with the art by penciller Giuseppe Camuncoli, inker Cam Smith and colorist David Curiel. Joe Caramagna’s lettering brings a sense of urgency to the tale, propelling it forward at a near-breakneck pace.

Vader, seemingly left for dead, is down, but not out. Infil’a displays decidedly Sith-like qualities — overconfident and cocksure — by not following through to ensure his foe has been mortally dispatched.

Instead, as the issue progresses, the reader is given a more in-depth view of just how powerful Vader has become. This proves vexing for the Jedi Master who has, by all accounts, used his time under the Barash vow to elevate his own self sense of worth.

It’s a mistake that will cost him and those living on the moon. Dearly.

Darth Vader #4 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #34, due out Sept. 5.)

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