Darth Vader #14

Darth Vader #14

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

Darth Vader #14 begins the war on Mon Cala as Vader leads the Empire’s forces to subjugate the planet. This also leads to the reveal of who the mysterious Jedi character is. But the Empire’s aggressive actions lead to a massive counter attack by the Mon Calamari. It also leads to another miraculous save by whale creatures.

The issue opens with the Empire blasting Dac City. There’s a big full page panel with a bunch of tiny insets showing the action, then with a flip of the page, it’s all over. Vader and the Inquisitors stand among the wreckage, ready to spread their wrath. This leads to a little flashback where Vader remembers King Lee-Char from the Clone Wars, and a tiny nod where he gets distracted by a memory of Padme. Elsewhere, Lee-Char tries to buy some time with the Imperials, but Tarkin doesn’t fall for it. This leads to the quick reveal of who the mysterious Jedi advising Lee-Char is…Master Barr. Sadly, Master Barr is not an existing character, but someone new. Thus the reveal doesn’t have any punch. It’s a little confusing at first as Barr is an Iktochi, so it’s easy to confuse him with the much more recognizable Iktochi Jedi Master from the prequel movies, Saesee Tiin. Barr knows a lot about Anakin Skywalker, and how he’s really Darth Vader, and how he slaughtered all of the younglings, and he isn’t hesitant to tell all the people around him. It’s not clear if the people around him are also Jedi or padawans, but Barr seems to be the only informed one among the group. What also isn’t clear is what Barr is doing with Lee-Char and Mon Cala. On one hand, maybe he’s trying to help them. On the other hand, he could be manipulating them for some greater good. We still don’t know who blew up that Imperial shuttle with the diplomat, so Barr could turn out to be a shady Jedi.

Either way, all of this leads to Lee-Char somehow summoning a bunch of whales to belly flop around all of Mon Cala’s surface cities. This causes tidal waves that destroy the cities and any invading Imperial troops. This also leaves Vader deep underwater.

The artwork is pretty good throughout the issue. My only grip is that Tarkin could have been depicted a little better. The story is interesting, though I really wish they would have used something other than whales as that seems a little too derivative with how Star Wars Rebels ended. I also wish the Jedi they used would have been someone we knew who would have had a bigger impact with their reveal. As is, it’s just another Jedi that conveniently knows too much in order to serve the plot. It’s okay, but it could have been better. As is, I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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