Darth Vader #16

Darth Vader #16

Writer: Charles Soule
Penciller: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker: Daniele Orlandini
Colorists: Java Tartaglia and Guru-eFX
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti

Darth Vader #16 corners Jedi Ferren Barr and his acolytes as the Inquisitors take care of them one by one. Pulled off on another mission, Vader leaves to their work. Barr, left with little else, puts all his hope in the past. The question is whether his last trick will be enough to save him.

There are a lot of flashbacks in this issue as we get glimpses of how Barr’s acolytes came to join him. None of them are Jedi, but most of them have connections to the Jedi, or at least a hatred for the Empire. Each flashback shows a bit of their past history, how they were wronged, and how they met, and were persuaded, by Barr. Yet each flashback also accompanies their death.

Going into spoiler territory here — so stop now if you’re avoiding spoilers — but Barr’s last trick is a sneaky one. He discovers the Inquisitors’ troopers are old clones. He then makes sure to clearly identify each of the Inquisitors as former Jedi. They make no secret of calling Barr out as nothing more than a padawan. With that stage set, he tries to Order 66 them. The comic ends before we can see what happens. Regardless, it casts more shadows on Barr. It doesn’t seem like a very Jedi thing to do.

Here’s the thing with Barr – he’s not a fully trained Jedi. He was only a padawan. In this issue, he’s quick to throw away the lives of his followers to save his own. When they offer to sacrifice themselves, he doesn’t try to talk them out of it. Furthermore, in the flashbacks, there are hints that he might have used the Force to persuade his acolytes to join him. On top of all that, he’s quick to abandon Mon Cala to the Empire once his own life is threatened. None of it makes Barr look very good.

So far the “Burning Seas” arc has been an interesting one. The artwork and the writing are pretty good in this issue, and I’m interested to see how this one is going to play out. I give Darth Vader #16 a 3 and a half out of five metal bikinis. There’s still some quirks with the art style, and the writing, while interesting, doesn’t really deliver a fully satisfying chapter of the story in this issue. It mostly builds up the action and story for the next one, leaving you wanting more, but only giving you a taste. I could have used a bit more to make this one really worthwhile. But it was on the right track.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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