Marvel’s team behind Darth Vader Vol. 2 delivers a knockout punch, a history lesson and road map for the future in the pages of issue #10, while in IDW Publishing’s latest Forces of Destiny offering, focused on Rey, suffers no sophomore slump.
This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 contains minor spoilers.
If ever there was any doubt about the nature of the Force, Darth Vader #10 nullified it.
That it had to do so is a telling thing in these times, but by tackling the issue, however obliquely, writer Charles Soule has ensured that any deep-dive dispatches about the Force, its place in the Star Wars firmament (or lack thereof) is alway nebulous and chaotic.
Which is what it should be and what part IV of “The Dying Light” does so well: Building on the legend and lore of Star Wars, not just for its past, but its future, too.
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.
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.