Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3

Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3

Writer: Haden Blackman
Artist: Agustin Alessio
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Dave Wilkins

This one-shot, five comic series is continuing to seriously impress me with the unfolding plot and twists. Laurita Tohm is an interesting narrator; an almost passive witness to what he’s observing…and there’s plenty to observe here. To begin with, #3 opens in the Jedi Temple where Darth Vader is reviewing a particular security holo. And this is where the first twist-reveal occurs. It isn’t the Empire that’s created the ghost prison; it’s the Jedi Council, and not even the Supreme Chancellor knows of its existence. The Council has expeditiously justified their actions with the reason that the CIS prisoners they’re holding are too dangerous for anyone but Jedi to contain. After the war, the Council will reveal all and the prisoners will be tried. Obi-Wan (as a Council member) knows of the ghost prison’s existence, and he’s not very happy about it. And, as usual, Obi-Wan is caught between the Council and Anakin. He cannot tell Anakin about the ghost prison known as the Prism. Even in blurry blue holo form you can feel Obi-Wan’s conflict as he argues the morality of what the Council is doing. All this is lost on the observing Vader who is only interested in securing the location of the Prism. Still I couldn’t help but feel some understanding sympathy for Anakin/Vader when he rages against a now dead Council. Unfortunately his words reveal (again) that he’s right, but for all the wrong reasons. As well, the scene effectively portrays the moral ambiguity the Council had fallen into and which made them complicit in the destruction of their order.

With Laurita and Moff Trachta in tow (as well as the dying emperor), Vader heads to the Prism, convinced that it will have state of the art medical facilities. Leaving Coruscant, Vader is completely unaware (or so it seems) that he’s left the planet in the hands of the leader of the rebellion, Headmaster Gentis. Gentis is moving to secure Coruscant, and now the second plot twists occurs. Grand Moff Tarkin announces that he’ll be arriving on Coruscant and taking control of the Empire. What will occur when (if?) Tarkin arrives we aren’t told in this issue, but if the future issues are anything like the ones we’ve gotten so far, it won’t be the expected.

Since I have to leave you with some unrevealed spoilers, I won’t tell what happens during the flight to the Prism or after the arrival, but again more plot twists. What I will say is that I’m thoroughly enjoying this series. From the writing to the artistry it’s top notch and that’s high praise from me. Dark Times/Empire is not my favorite era, and I’m completely hooked on this series. Within the framework of the Star Wars universe it’s original in story, and I think that says a lot.

I give this issue 5 out of 5 metal bikinis.

Posted by Synlah for Roqoo Depot

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  1. Its fantastic. Love the new canon and Moff Trachta’s revenge. Also an echo of what Obi-wan told Luke about his father, only from the mouth of Vader!


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