Dark Times: A Spark Remains #5

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

Writer: Randy Stradley
Artist: Douglas Wheatley
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré

Dark Times: A Spark Remains #5 brings the arc to a close and with plenty of explosions. Dass Jennir and Master Hudorra are holed up in a casino awaiting Darth Vader’s arrival. We all know that Vader will come out alive, but will the Jedi survive this fight? And what about the crew of the Uhumele and the assassin Falco Sang? Be it death or survival, readers will discover the characters’ fates in this issue.

Vader: “This bridge seems…familiar.”

A familiar sight throughout this arc has been Darth Vader leading his clone troopers across the bridges toward Hudorra’s casino. Yet again, we see the traps in action and the burst of fire as the bridge is engulfed in flames at Vader’s final approach. Here we finally see the entirety of the scene as the Dark Lord leaps for safety and the screams of troops cry out helplessly. The flames singe his cape, but of course he manages to escape. In the last issue, we saw Jedi Master Hudorra preparing for battle. Thus so, he is the first to battle the Lord of the Sith. The comic takes care to focus on the battle, presenting both action and dialog as the two duel. Without spoiling anything, the battle is well done.

Yet that epic fight leads to an escape sequence as the good guys make their break for safety. Vader and Falco Sang try to stop them, while Lt. Gregg and the other Imperials watch on from afar. There is another battle, massive explosions, and some resolution. But when all is said and done, I’m not sure the final payoff lived up to my expectations. The entire arc was a massive build up for a confrontation with Vader. In the end, that confrontation wasn’t as memorable as it could have been. Even overall, with the entire series in context, I’m not sure how much this arc plays in the scheme of things. It was certainly a fun little adventure, but where it leads the series from here, I can’t say.

Still, the artwork is good as always with the craftsmanship of Doug Wheatley. Vader gets some really good scenes as he’s clashing lightsabers and leaping from explosions. There’s a good sense of action throughout the issue and the coloring by Dan Jackson looks nice.

With a fun story and great artwork, I give Dark Times: A Spark Remains #5 a four out of five metal bikinis. While it didn’t quite meet my expectations, it’s still a good story and wonderfully rendered. As part of the overall arc, it fits in well and adds to the action and story. Fans of the series may feel a little disappointed in the movement of the overarching storyline, but then again, are we really ready for the series to end yet? I think all depends on what Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley have in store for the next arc.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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