Vader – Dark Visions #3

Vader – Dark Visions #3 (of 5)

Writer: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Artists: David Lopez, and Javi Pina
Colorist: Muntsa Vicente
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Greg Smallwood

Vader – Dark Visions #3 is an odd one. It’s about a women with an unhealthy obsession with Darth Vader. She collects pieces of him and dreams of being with him. Her fantasies obscure her reality, and in the end, she pays the price. But did we really need this story?

The main character in the book is a nurse on the Death Star who is never given a name. The doctor she works for is Vader’s personal doctor, so she gets to come in contact with Vader. When he goes into battle and comes back with some damage, he’ll go to see his doctor, and afterwards the nurse will clean up. She uses this time to collect her mementos. From pieces of his cybernetic parts to a vial of his blood, she keeps it all in a secret box. In between visits, she thinks about being with him. Her mind pictures him returning the affection. Eventually, though, she goes too far and forgets that her dreams are not a reflection of reality. She tries to reach out to Vader and opens up about her affection, but he returns only death.

So here’s the thing – what’s the point? It’s a story about a woman who has psychological issues and misplaced emotions. She becomes infatuated with someone to an unhealthy extent, and in this case the person she is focused on is a serial killer. The story doesn’t reveal anything new about Vader. And since the main character in the story dies, there’s no lasting effect of the story. It’s hard to empathize with the unnamed nurse since she is such an extreme character. So is the story suppose to be a cautionary tale or a throw away story with no real impact or meaning?

In the end, regardless of the writer’s intentions, Dark Visions #3 doesn’t really achieve anything worthwhile. The biggest problem is the lack of impact the story has since the nurse dies. Had she lived and had some kind of brush with Vader and then gone off and told stories about it, that would have been different. That could have been memorable. But this, it’s just sad and inconsequential.

The artwork in the comic is interesting as there are two different artists with very different styles. The two styles are used to help emphasize what’s really happening, and the nurse’s day dreams. It’s funny because the daydreams are actually drawn better than reality. There’s more detail and realism in those panels. The rest of the story is very stylized and rather cartoony. The characters have very wide set eyes which looks unnatural, and there was one action scene that was confusing. There’s a series of panels showing the nurse trying to pull a cart out of a room, it gets stuck on a corner, and when she gets it loose, she flies back and hits the opposite wall of the corridor. However it’s confusing at first because it almost looks like Vader flung her around with the Force. Later they clarify that he didn’t touch her with the Force, but it’s very unclear at first. Both the writing and the visuals muddle the scene.

With an inconsequential story and okay artwork, there’s nothing that makes this comic worth the $3.99. This is definitely one you can skip. I give it a two out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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