Darth Vader #22

Darth Vader #22

Writer: Charles Soule
Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Finishes: Daniele Orlandini, and Terry Pallot
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Elia Bonetti, and Giuseppe Camuncoli

Darth Vader #22 gets very interesting. Not only do we get the back story for the weird helmet Soule has sprinkled his comics with, but we also find out the purpose for Vader’s castle. The question is whether Momin is telling the truth and whether it will work.

First off, Momin’s backstory. It’s interesting because it’s a bit different than usual. Momin was an artist and naturally drawn to the dark side. He created works of art that instilled fear and pain, what he considered the purest of emotions. He was eventually trained by a dark side user, and his skills advanced. He came upon the idea of creating something so momentous, that it would serve as a tribute to the dark side itself. However, the Jedi intervened. Somehow he attached himself to his helmet, allowing him to reincarnate himself in other bodies when they wear his helmet.

Vader tries the helmet on himself, but once he figures out that Momin is going to take over, he tosses it aside. However, Vader is still intrigued by Momin and his design for the castle. That’s when Momin reveals that the castle is a gateway. By building it on the Force locus on Mustafar, Vader can cross over to the other side, or bring others back. Momin tempts Vader with the promise of being able to bring Padme back. It’s a heck of a cliff hanger. Will it work? Will it go wrong? Either way, Soule is setting up an awesome story.

The artwork in the issue works great with the story. It’s detailed, it’s creepy, and it reflects the emotions of the tale. It’s easy to follow along, and there’s some interesting panel arrangements.

Overall, a top notch story, and with lots of promise. Hopefully this one lives up to the potential of where this story could go. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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