Darth Vader #8

Darth Vader #8

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

Darth Vader #8 starts to get good as things heat up. Jocasta Nu infiltrates the Jedi Library on Coruscant, and Vader begins hunting her down. But before they meet, the Inquisitor finds himself in the middle.

The story starts out in the Emperor’s office with Vader Force choking an Imperial officer. Rather than just being another nod to Vader’s rough treatment of fellow Imperials, this scene turns into a warning from Palpatine which is pretty interesting. Palpatine warns that while such feelings are natural and good, one should be careful not to get too deep less they control you instead. It’s a well crafted and well written scene detracted only by the artwork of the Emperor. I’m just not a fan of Giuseppe’s take on Palpatine.

From there, we go to Jocasta Nu’s infiltration of the Jedi Library. There she finds the Inquisitor reading books, but manages to ignore him in order to get the prize she’s after. It does indeed turn out to be a list of all the known Force sensitive children in the galaxy. We get a peek of a secret treasure room which contains some pyramid shaped holocrons, a mask that might be the one that shows up in the Lando series, and a giant pyramid that is either the largest holocron ever or some other type of token. Either way, the real fun happens when Jocasta begins her escape. When journeying past the Inquisitor a second time, she see’s him mistreating the books and good old Jocasta Nu, in all her ego and attachment, can’t abide by it. She puts all of the Force children in the galaxy at risk just so she can punish the Inquisitor to satisfy her own selfish pride. I think this is fitting with her character and an illustration of the cracks within the old Jedi Order. On the surface they are the embodiment of the Jedi and what is right, but underneath they have their flaws. Regardless, this sets up a conflict for the next issue.

In the background of all of this, there is a security investigation already on Jocasta’s trail. This gives us a glimpse of the Empire’s new protocol on hunting Jedi, and their first encounters with Lord Vader. Putting his skills to the test, he quickly surmises that the Jedi are at work here, and he knows just where to find them – the Jedi Library. Thus the tension is set as all players are ready to converge.

The artwork is mostly good with a few misses along the way. Aside from the Emperor and some artistic license with the way Vader is drawn, the artwork is pretty good. There’s lots of detail, nice lighting effects, and it’s easy to follow along. One of my favorite moments is a two page spread showing Vader’s inner mind in meditation. It’s a surreal scene of a black ocean, stormy skies, lightning, butterflies made of light, and a ghoulish Vader formed of swirling tendrils of black and red with blank white limbs for his missing appendages. It’s pretty awesome.

With a good story and some good artwork, I give Darth Vader #8 a five out of five metal bikinis. This one was pretty good.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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