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.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #14

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14 contains minor spoilers.

After the enormity of the previous story arc, issue 14 begins the cycle anew with Si Spurrier joining Kieron Gillen on the monthly title as co-writer.

If the first chapter of “Remastered” is any indication, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.

This issue is the first since Aphra’s debut where we see her truly grapple with her past decisions and how they color her future outlook.

It’s a story that sees the return of familiar faces and potential partners in the persona of Imperial now-Lt. Magna Tolva, as well as something that’s been seen only fleetingly in prior adventures: a conscience. Add to that the realization that Aphra’s seemingly thoughtless actions have had consequences on those she’s interacted with — see Tolva — and it’s a remarkable piece of character study.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #7.

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 contains minor spoilers.

Knowledge is power.

And if there’s power to be had, there’s a Sith Lord gunning for it and that who holds it.

Such is the story in the Charles Soule-penned issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 that sees Jedi Knight and Master Librarian Jocasta Nu become the focus of efforts by Vader and the Inquisitorius to finish the purge begun by Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith.

But Jedi are hard to kill, particularly when they’re experienced, on the run and not clustered in the Jedi Temple as padawan younglings.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Mace Windu 3

This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #3 contains minor spoilers.

Three issues in and Marvel’s Mace Windu mini series is developing a solid voice, even as its visuals are proving ever more divisive among some Star Wars comics fans.

That’s not to say the five-issue series from writer Matt Owens deserves to be overlooked or abandoned.

Rather, it’s a story that has some wondering if the storyline could be bolder and, for lack of a better term, forceful.

While the crux of the tale is that of a small team of Jedi led by Windu trying to counter an ecological menace by the Separatists, the real conflict roars upward from the ashes and embers of a so-far lackluster tale: Are the Jedi just as guilty as the Separatists?

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #20

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #20 contains minor spoilers.

Forgive Black Squadron its foibles and internal relationships, rocky and romantic.

This is a cohesive unit with its collective eyes on the prize of smiting the First Order and, at the very least, ensuring the survival of what has quickly become a very unstable and uncertain Resistance.

Writer Charles Dameron and artist Angel Unzueta, along with colorist Arif Prianto and letter VC’s Joe Caramagna, propel readers along a new story arc, “Legend Found,” that guides the series closer to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and gives us a look at Lor San Tekka in action.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #13

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #13 contains minor spoilers.

There’s something oddly satisfying about a good ending.

Doctor Aphra #13 is all of those: Odd, satisfying and good.

So it should be, given the final episode in the five-part arc “The Enormous Profit.”

The book ends on a high note for Dr. Chelli Aphra, a decidedly low point for Yonak, a vengeful mark for Black Krrsantan, a vastly superior arrangement for Triple 0 and BT-1 and an ominous one for Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #6

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #6 contains minor spoilers.

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.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Mace Windu #2

This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #2 contains minor spoilers.

The mystery of the Jedi Order has always been its self-styled mission of policing the Galaxy and keeping order among the Republic.

It’s almost Sith-like, this devotion and dedication Jedi have, and has always been a sticking point for me amid the reverie and adulation of Jedi.

In the pages of Mace Windu #2, that hubris is brought to bear as Mace battles mano-a-mano with AD-W4 on Hissrich.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #19

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #19 contains minor spoilers.

Marvel’s Poe Dameron monthly is flying just as high and nimble as its namesake pilot.

From Charle Soule’s storytelling, Angel Unzueta’s art, Arif Prianto’s colors, VC’s Joe Caramagna’s letters, Phil Noto’s covers and the steady hands of editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, this book is firing on all cylinders, offering up compelling characters, deeply riveting plots and excitement akin to watching a Star Wars film in the cinema.

The concluding arc of “War Stories” is no exception.

This issue provides a deftly satisfying conclusion to the exploration of Suralinda Javos and Oddy Muva, as well as laying down hints about Terex’s future, within and without the First Order.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #12

This review of Doctor Aphra #12 contains minor spoilers.

It’s no secret Dr. Chelli Aphra has a keen mind, sharp reflexes and a perniciously clever way of thwarting imminent demise with absolutely no concern for anyone who may, or may not, be in the way.

Or does she?

There are some truly puzzling motives to parse in the latest issue of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra and not all of them involve self-centered greed and malice toward all.

In fact, writer Kieron Gillen has added more depth to Aphra throughout the penultimate chapter of “The Enormous Profit” storyline in the monthly series.

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