Darth Vader #16

Darth Vader #16

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks

In Darth Vader #16, the story tightens up as a new arc is launched. Trouble brews on Shu-Torun as, requiring Vader to return. The Emperor complicates things with Cylo and his cyborg henchmen. The stakes are high for Vader as he must crush a rebellion, serve his master the Emperor, outsmart Cylo and his lackies, deal with a disgruntled queen, and resolve the matter of Doctor Aphra’s capture. Can Vader standup to the challenges before him?

The comic opens with Vader and the Emperor. Vader reveals the corpse of Karbin which appears to catch the Emperor off guard. Vader gets a new mission, and the Emperor drops a cryptic line.

“Show your merit, Vader. I rely on you more than you can understand.”

It’s a line that feels like it has some weight to it and might be building up to something.

Adding emphasis to this arc, the comic devotes two pages to a big title splash page, “Star Wars: Darth Vader: The Shu-Torun War.” Working with Queen Trios, Vader goes to the frontlines to smash the rebellious ore barons. Yet Vader’s actions cripple the productivity of the planet and undermine the queen. Cylo and his lackies are annoying as ever in their smugness, with the exception of Voidgazer who actually proves useful. There’s some nice scenes between Vader and the queen, and some nice dialog. My concern, however, is Vader’s strategy. Is he playing it smart or bumbling this stuff as he goes along?

The issue ends with a group of bounty hunters. While some people may be burnt out on them, I’m still a big fan and it perked my interest. Especially the inclusion of Zuckuss. Vader hires them to get Aphra…dead or alive.

The artwork in this issue is good to gorgeous. There’s some great shots of Vader in darkness with the light playing off his armor. There’s the colorful shot of the bounty hunters, the battle scenes in the mines, and some good shots of Queen Trios. Even the Emperor scenes, which are a little dotty, still look good. Larroca and Delgado make an excellent team.

Overall, I give Darth Vader #16 a five out of five metal bikinis. It reigns in the story, pulls together previous threads, sets a direction for the arc, and kicks things off with some nice story points. It keeps the series interesting and looks good to boot.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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