Darth Vader #12
Darth Vader #12
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado
Darth Vader #12 brings a change in the game. The cat and mouse mission between Vader and Thanoth ends. The mutant B-team reunites to snipe at each other in front of their master, Grand General Tagge. Aphra gets a stay of life, and the Mon Calamari Grievous begins to set a trap for Vader. With one loose end tied up, a new string immerges.
The issue starts in the nebula cloud as Vader and Thanoth prepare to catch Aphra. However, before the trap can be sprung, Vader talks Thanoth out of it. His reasoning is that the real targets are the Plasma Devils, not the thief. Thanoth falls for hook, line and sinker. Personally, I think the writing sort of washed over any convincing, sensible argument. Perhaps a re-read of the series would make the situation seem more believable, but as is, it seemed like hand waving to solve a problem.
Adding to that, the reunion of the Emperor’s B-team was not a cause for celebration. I didn’t much like them initially and nothing has changed to make them better. The twins are still pouty, Grievous/Ackbar has no accomplishments to his credit, and all we see them do is bicker and blunder. Even Tagge in his vaulted position has no victories or talents to earn the reader’s respect. Nevertheless, they’re still playing a part in the story as Karbin sets a trap for Vader.
Not to harp on it too much, but I do want to take a moment for Karbin. Visually he’s a cross between Admiral Ackbar (his head) and General Grievous (his body). The visual likeness is too close for comfort. If not for the Ackbar head, he would just be a cheap Grievous clone. But with the Ackbar head, it becomes a constant distraction. Plus making a character look like two characters who were generals and admirals is not enough to make readers believe the character is a brilliant tactician. We really could use some backstory to build this character up, or an example of him in action to show he’s competent and deadly. As is, there’s nothing to make readers fear for Vader. The threat Grievous Ackbar is just not credible. On top of all that, he talks funny and refers to himself in third person. If Vader is going to be the good guy in this series, and Karbin is taking the role of villain right now, more needs to be done with him to make readers either hate him or love him. Right now, there’s not much to hate or like.
I give Darth Vader #12 a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s not bad and wraps some things up. It sets the stage for Vader and keeps Aphra alive. Those are all good things, but it does miss a few beat, and for that, there’s room for improvement.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.