REVIEW: Chasing the Skywalker in Darth Vader #16
In Darth Vader #16 by Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco, Jason Keith, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna, with a main cover by Aaron Kuder and Richard Isanove, we get to see the conflict from Vader’s perspective… and the father of Luke Skywalker is not pleased about the proceedings in the wake of the revelation that the fledgling Jedi is his son!
This story once again springs from the point of conflict that we’ve been rocking back and forth over for the past few weeks: the confrontation between Luke and Vader at the Crimson Dawn’s ship, the Vermillion.
First of all, the layout of the opening pages of Darth Vader #16 are awesome and incredibly inventive!
There are several pages that give a very nice visual introduction to the relationship between Vader, Luke, and Emperor Palpatine (who wants to secure Luke’s power for himself, so he can cut Vader out of the equation).
Meanwhile, Vader’s sidekick Ochi gets his chance to shine in this issue, as he defends his master against a dubious agent of the Empire.
Meanwhile, we get to see a cadre of droid fighters rescue Luke after his X-Wing goes down… and it’s kind of nice to see some droids fighting on the side of our hero, at once!
Finally, this issue sets up even more conflict over the carbonite-frozen Han Solo. Will the Hutts end up stealing back the scoundrel, or will Vader get his hands on the Rebel General? We know it’s the former, but at this point, it’s hard to imagine how Vader will lose control of the situation…
Darth Vader #16
There’s just one more issue of Darth Vader that ties into the ongoing War of the Bounty Hunters event. Will you be picking up when it arrives at your local comic shop in October, Marvel Blog True Believers?
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