Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #4

Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #4 (of 5)

Writer: Tim Siedell
Artist: Gabriel Guzman
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Felipe Massafera

As Vader and Hock make their attack run on Ostor, things shift, and the fighting becomes much more personal in Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #4. This issue goes bye pretty quick as battle scenes go from the sky to the ground. Hock confronts the rebel leaders of Ostor, then faces off against an old clone he didn’t think he’d see again.

The issue opens with a beautiful, full page shot of a Star Destroyer in space.

There’s a nice dose of starfighters for the ship lovers out there. Vader and his attack squadron are all flying Clone War era starships. The Dark Lord even has his decked out in solid black. The first nine pages of the comic is all devoted to starfighter combat as Vader’s forces make their attack run on Ostor against some Separatist remnants. But when things hit the black page, the story transitions to the ground.

Darth Vader’s black ETA starfighter.

There’s an odd scene in the middle of this issue where Hock confronts the leaders of the resistance on Ostor. It follows a full page devoid of artwork, to symbolize his unconsciousness, and ends without a fight. On the surface of the scene, not much happens, but below the surface, it does reveal a lot about Hock. He’s not an extremely violent person. He is also someone with self-control and, seemingly, a pit of decency. Rather than trying to kill the three rebels in personal combat, he leaves them be, and instead takes down their shields to try and end this battle. Of course, that just leads to a different kind of fight.

The vivid shots of combat. There’s some really nice artwork in the first half of the issue.

Just flipping through the pages of this issue, you can get a sense of the story from the facial expressions of the characters. Gabriel Guzman did a good job of filing the panels with the characters’ faces. It helps the flow of the story by bringing focus to the character’s emotions. As far as visual storytelling goes, this one is very easy to follow and works well for bringing the story to life.

In the end, Hock squares off against Kaddak while Vader marches at the head of his army. With only one issue left, Hock’s life is on the line. Will he survive and be rewarded? Or is this just another story about a character attaching themselves to Vader for a tragic end? We’ll know soon enough. For now, I give this issue a four out of five metal bikinis. It brought good visuals and storytelling while leaving a lot to be finished off in the next issue.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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