Book III, Part 2
The Shu-Torun War
It is a time of rebuilding for the Empire. After the Death Star’s destruction, Darth Vader, the Emperor’s chief enforcer, struggled to keep his place after he was seemingly pitted against the operatives of the cyborg specialist, Cylo.
To regain allegiance from the planet Shu-Torun, Vader assassinated the royal family and placed its youngest daughter, Trios, on the throne. Nevertheless, talk of rebellion persisted. Tasked to intervene, Vader brought further destruction to the ore-rich planet and promised more if submission was not given.
Meanwhile, Vader’s secret ally, Dr. Aphra, remains in the hands of the rebels, and the Dark Lord has issued a bounty for her recovery…
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
The interior art by Larroca and Delgado continues it’s clean, vivid colors and nice attention to details. There’s some really nice shots in this comic. While not every panel is jaw dropping, it all works well at conveying the story, the action and the characters.
As for the story, Gillen throws in some nice treats for readers. Right from the get go, Vader’s opening line sets the stage, “You look upon your inevitable fate. End this before I end you.” This leads to Vader storming a lava submarine and sinking it. But the dark lord doesn’t do it alone, the twins help him, and there’s a panel thrown in to show Vader’s singed cape and boots, indicating he’s not quite as all powerful as he’d like to believe. One story point that I really enjoyed is how Queen Trios is getting with the program and seeing things ala the Vader program, “The vessel belonged to Lord Rubix. I believe his should be the next delving-citadel to receive an Imperial education.” Where once she balked at destroying such precious pieces of infrastructure, she’s now fully on board with Vader and his reign of terror. But the real treat follows that page. The cyborg doctor Cylo hints that Vader should show him some respect “if he knew what he owed me.” The scene shows Cylo working on a robot hand, one very much like Anakin’s mechanical forelimb. Could Cylo be the one who helped Sidious rebuild Vader into a cyborg? If so, that would be a huge plot point to drop on readers. So far Cylo has been a somewhat throwaway character. He hasn’t done anything to earn the reader’s respect. But building Vader? That would certain get him some cred. The question is, what would Vader do if he found out?
Overall, it’s a fun issue with some good artwork and storytelling moments. The plot is inching forwarding, but this issue helped justify a lot of what’s going on and added more meaning and complexity to the plot threads. I give it a five out of five.