Darth Vader #11

Darth Vader #11

Writer: Charles Soule
Penciller: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker: Daniele Orlandini
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Francesco Mattina

Darth Vader #11 goes on a wild good chase as Vader chases down a false tip on a possible Jedi sighting. Along for the ride is the Ninth Sister. Together, they go to Cabarria where Vader does all of the work, though its by his own choice. However, I’m not sure where Soule is going with this story as it feels a lot like something we’ve already gotten.

The issue begins with Vader and the Ninth Sister doing a little bonding as they prepare to look into a reported Jedi sighting. It was one of the rare moments in the issue where we get a glimpse into Vader’s head via the Ninth Sister who is skilled in reading emotions. Sadly, the issue kind of takes a down turn from there. Vader denies the Ninth Sister any part of the action. He makes her stay outside, as he goes in and gets bushwacked from some rather polite bounty hunters. Of course they fail to capture him, but they actually manage to destroy his lightsaber. They also manage to run away. At that point the Ninth sister has a second opportunity to get involved, but she doesn’t. She doesn’t stop the bounty hunters, and Vader does not take her along as he pursues them. Her only use to Vader is that he takes her lightsaber.

Rather predictably, Vader catches up with the bounty hunters and interrogates them on who hired them to attack him. One nice story point is that the bounty hunters are smart enough not to offer up the information until their safety is guaranteed. This forces Vader to concede, only to learn that the mission came from the Imperial Senate…from the top…from Palpatine. And that’s where the issue ends. While this could be a very big reveal to end the story on, the problem is that we’ve seen this before, dozens of times. Palpatine challenging Vader, seemingly betraying him, putting his life at risk, testing him with fatal consequences should he misstep, none of that is new. Thus the ending of the comic isn’t so much a shocker as a let down. Seriously, I’ve got my fingers crossed this isn’t another pointless test from Palpatine. Vader is already his apprentice. He’s already committed himself to the dark side. If he really needs to learn something, it should be something dark side and mystical, not wasting his time with bounty hunters in some far off cantina.

While the story fell a little short, the art team did a great job with the visuals. There’s lots of detail, great coloring and lighting, and it’s easy to follow the action. With the cantina scenes, I found myself peering into the backgrounds to look at all the various aliens. It’s good artwork and not only does it do its job, but it keeps your interest.

In the end, this issue on it’s own isn’t great, but it’s not bad. The artwork is good, and there’s potential for the story to go off in another direction. But there was some missed opportunities that would have made this issue better. As is, I give it a three and a half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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