Dark Times: A Spark Remains #3

Dark Times: A Spark Remains #3 (of 5)

(Dark Times #30, Star Wars: Republic #113)

Writer: Randy Stradley
Artist: Doug Wheatley
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carre

Warning: Mild Spoilers

Dark Times: A Spark Remains #3 takes an interesting spin as it delves into some serious action and intriguing story elements. Jedi Dass Jennir and his master Kai Hudorra square off against the Verpine Jedi Beyghor Sahdett. Yet even two against one, the Verpine puts up quite a fight. Who will live and who will die hangs in the balance. If you’re like me, you’ll be fearing for poor Bomo’s life with every lightsaber swing.

The lightsaber fight in this issue is a big deal. In fact it takes up 13 of  the issue’s 22 pages. Most of the fight relies on the excellent artwork of Doug Wheatley and Dan Jackson as they bring the battle to life with dynamic panels and bright colors. There’s shoving, stabbing, slicing and parrying as they tear through Hudorra’s casino. The panels focus on the various elements of the fight, drawing the reader’s eyes to certain details, and creating a sense of motion as blows lead to more blows and the combatants twist and turn to dodge strikes and Force shove each other away. As if the big fight wasn’t enough, there’s a bonus fight thrown in later that, while brief, is equally amazing due to the nature of fight and who is in it.

Aside from the bight lightsaber brawl, this issue touches base with Darth Vader and his assassin Falco Sang. They get just two pages, but it sets up an odd camaraderie between the two as Darth Vader shows a bit of his human side and proves to be overly helpful to Sang. So often we see Vader throttling the neck’s of inept Imperial officers or killing obstacles with his lightsaber, that we don’t think of him as human any more. It’s very easy to make that mistake when he looks like an evil robot. Still, the Falco Sang story plot is creeping along. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer for the payoff, whatever it might be.

There’s also another scene with Lt. Gregg and the Emperor, but most of the storytelling part of this issue comes in as a flashback. Thankfully, after Beyghor Sahdett is defeated, we get to see his motivation for why he turned on the Jedi. Without spoiling anything, the reason is pretty cool and leads to some cool flashback scenes. Step by step, the story is wrapping up loose threads. It has almost made it back around to the beginning of the arc with Vader’s attack on Hudorra’s casino. With the twists and turns we’ve already seen, and two more issues left in this arc, who knows what might happen next. Can Jennir and Hudorra really square off against Vader and live?

With outstanding artwork, exciting action and a tantalizing backstory for Sahdett, Dark Times: A Spark Remains #3 earns a five out of five metal bikinis. This issue delivered on all fronts.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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