Comic review: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #5

Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #5

Writer: Haden Blackman
Artist: Agustin Alessio
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Dave Wilkins

Prologue: Still in the guise of a loyal imperial, headmaster Gentis holds control of Coruscant, waiting for the arrival of Grand Moff Tarkin so he can complete his plan to overthrow the Empire and destroy the Death Star before it can be constructed. 

At the Prism, a secret prison used by the Jedi Council during the Clone Wars, Emperor Palpatine is recovering from the terrorist attack by Gentis’s Imperial military cadets.  Meanwhile Darth Vader and Moff Trachta make plans to deal with Gentis and his insurgents.

But the final timing of the plans on loyal Imperial graduate Laurita Tohm.  Tohm has lived through a lifetime of horrors in the days since Gentis’s betrayal, and he has emerged a hardened warrior, worthy of being Darth Vader’s apprentice.

This is the fifth and final issue of the Ghost Prison series, and you might ask the question how can the Gentis Insurgency possibly succeed?  The answer is obvious; it can’t, and we already know this.  We know this because we already know that 20 or so years down the road Luke Skywalker will face Palpatine and defeat him by redeeming his father.  This story isn’t really about Gentis and his plans to overthrow Palpatine.  It’s about what happens when you try to become as ruthless and powerful as Darth Vader.

In this final issue Lt. Laurita Tohm shows just how far he’ll go and how ruthlessly he’ll act to show his loyalty to Vader and the Empire.  Moff Trachta, who is certainly not averse ruthless tactics,  is nonetheless sickened at the extent to which Tohm will go to prove himself to his master, Vader.  Tohm, however, considers his actions worth it and he is well-rewarded.  He’s elevated to Admiral by Palpatine, and Gentis’s old position as headmaster is bestowed on him.  He’s also secured a pardon for Shonn Volta, which she certainly deserves.  Her skill provides the means of defeating Gentis.  With the Emperor’s gratitude and reward, and the hint of a personal future with Volta, Laurita Tohm is riding high.  He has no way of knowing that his ambition and drive will consume him.  While he may think he’s learned all the lessons he needs to, Darth Vader has one final lesson to teach, and with that lesson Tohm will learn the real meaning of treachery.  Having disposed of everyone of any goodness in his life, there is nothing left for Laurita Tohm but darkness.

This entire series has definitely not been short on surprising twists, and this final issue is no exception.  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will say the best twist has been saved for last.  This entire series has been a worthy addition to the lore of the Empire and Darth Vader in particular.  As for the art, I can only repeat what I’ve already stated: everything about the artwork evokes setting, action, interaction and mood, and it’s among the best artwork I’ve seen in a Star Wars comic.

I give this issue and the entire series an enthusiastic 5 metal bikinis.

Posted by Synlah for Roqoo Depot

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  1. Beyond good.


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