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Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2 - Legacy's End (Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith (2017)) Paperback – 5 Aug 2018
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This comic did not let me down, and whilst there are still some criticisms and concerns (I find the Inquisitors of this new Disney timeline quite laughable and rent-a-villain), it is ultimately an enjoyable yarn. Vader's 'developing' relationship with his master is easily one of the highlights.
I don't want to read a Poe "2D" Dameron comic. More of these instead, please.
This is not the Vader we saw (but seldom heard) in Kieron Gillen’s previous Darth Vader series; this is Anakin Skywalker in an exoskeleton struggling to find his way, killing everyone who gets in his way, and doing his best to be evil, because he’s evil now; the Emperor keeps telling him that, so it must be true.
Being set before Episode IV, there is a new universe to be explored, lots of Jedi to be hunted down, lots of loose ends to be wound up or created, and Vader is given control of the Emperor’s Jedi-hunting order, the Inquisitorius, staffed mainly by former Jedi who turned to the Dark Side, and are very touchy about it.
The main driver for this volume is the hunt for the Jedi’s former Archivist, Jocasta Nu (who I have never heard of, but could be an established character in the Star Wars universe, or made up for this series), with the head of the Inquisitorius, the Grand Inquisitor, having a particularly long-held grudge against her for all the times she refused to let him into the archive. She and the Emperor are both after a particularly important file hidden in the Jedi Archives on Coruscant, though both Vader and the Inquisitor don’t know about that. There is also a bounty on Vader’s head, set by someone high in the Imperial government, and there is also the little problem that nobody among the Imperial security/military has heard of Vader, and they are still programmed to shoot anyone with a lightsaber on sight…
This is very-well written, and superbly illustrated, even if it is yet another ‘new’ Vader for us to process. Kieron Gillen did a superb job in his previous series of making Vader a classic ‘Marvel’ villain, with depth and character. Now it is Charles Soule’s turn to create a character out of a two-dimensional film villain. He’s off to a good start here – and is building on Gillen’s suggestion of a still-divided character hidden under the shell.
I read a library copy.
This TPB edition contains two arcs, with the main one dealing with Vader fighting Jocasta Nu (The minor librarian Jedi from Attack of the Clones) in an effort to stop the knowledge of the Jedi she has from falling into any other hands. The second is a two part arc which has a bounty placed on Vader's head (this doesn't seem to be resolved so I'm hoping maybe in a future TPB.) The art is amazing and Vader has some epic moments of pure darkness and brooding evil, and it's actually really interesting seeing Vader at the start of the Empire's dominion, as most materials place it during the actual Galactic Civil War - the troopers are still wearing the Phase II clone armour and a lot of Imperials don't actually know who Vader is, mistaking him for a Jedi at some points.
One gripe I have is minor but I'll mention it - Jocasta Nu at one point uses an ancient "Lightsaber rifle" which uses a lightsaber as a fuel source. This is hilariously bad, and it chafes me a lot because I know a lot of people who decry the old Expanded Universe for being trash and filled with terrible ideas would be on board with this because Disney said so. Aside from that one problem I'm loving this run of Vader's early years.
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