Darth Vader #9

Darth Vader #9

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

Darth Vader #9 gets weird as the Inquisitor, Vader and Jocasta Nu square off in the Jedi Archives. The old librarian puts up a fight, but thanks to some infighting, she manages to stay alive. At least for now.

The issue opens with Vader making a grand entrance into the Jedi Temple. Inside, Jocasta Nu and the Inquisitor trade barbs before engaging in combat. The Inquisitor dominates Jocasta and just as he’s about to kill her, Vader stops him. Rather than explaining himself, he expects blind obedience from the Inquisitor…and doesn’t get it. The time they waste fighting each other gives Jocasta time to delete the Jedi Archives. Vader takes this in stride, instead finding the secret room, and dispatching the droid guardian. That’s when Jocasta attacks again, but this time with some Jedi super rifle. And that’s where the issue ends. Lots of action, and a bit of dialog.

Unfortunately, the amount of action robs the issue of feeling complete on its own. The cliff hanger ending leaves you wanting to more, and it very much feels like a stepping stone to the next part of the story. It leaves you wanting to leap off to the next issue. However, since it’s not out yet, it also leaves you empty. You want more, but there’s none to be had. That in turns leaves you wondering how much sustenance this issue really had. The problem is the unanswered questions. Just what kind of treasures are in that secret room that Vader and the Emperor would want? How did Vader find the room? Did he not care about the rest of the library? Why spare her if he didn’t need her to find the room? On one hand, Vader did find the room, but on the other hand, he may have failed deeply if it cost him the majority of the Jedi Archive. Surely that amount of knowledge held some value. Furthermore, what was achieved by having the Inquisitor disobey Vader? By doing so, it only undermines his character further. I’m just not sure if the steps the story took were the best ones, and by leaving so many questions, it robs the story of some of its potential impact.

Art wise, the issue isn’t too bad. Giuseppe is very stylistic with the illustrations of Vader and the Inquisitor. They’re loosely based on the characters, but they also deviate a lot. It’s a little distracting and not my preferred style. Style aside, there’s good composition, panel choice and layouts. The colors and lighting are good overall.

As is, I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis. It’s not bad, but it’s not completely satisfying. I think this issue would feel better when reading it back-to-back with the others, but on its own, it suffers a little.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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