FORTRESS VADER – PART 6
The FORTRESS will stand, but at a terrible cost. The fire will come to MUSTAFAR, and all will burn. The final design is revealed, woven from war, treachery and pain.
Fortress Vader – Part VI
The insurgent attack has them outnumbered 10 to 1. The Imperial forces are about to retreat and Vader commands them not to. He leads his troopers into battle with the Mustarfarian’s.
Using the lakes of lava to his advantage, he uses the force to spray their attackers. Leading by example to heads into the mass of the battle with his lightsaber swinging, followed by his troops.
The Mustafarian leaders recognise ‘the black one’ is leading the Imperial side of the battle. They now must work together and summon their own tidal wave of lava to swamp the battle before them.
The landscape lies in ruin, covered by lava with the floating remains of those involved in the battle, but deep below in a force bubble Vader survives. Using the force, he uses the head of a floating AT-AT to launch himself from the fiery substance. He lands on the shoreline, crawling up it as he burns. Suit tattered and engulfed in flames he uses the force to extinguish the fire and he rises to make his way to the chamber.
The Mustafarian’s think they have the upper hand and launch an attack on the castle. Inside Vader gets to the alter and summons the dark side. A pulse of energy and flame emits from the castle and wipes out the Mustafarian forces.
Vader lies against the alter as Momin approaches him. He was warned what the cost of betrayal would be, and he rises to his feet. They both ignite their lightsaber’s, but the battle has taken its toll on Vader. Momin manages to get some blows in onto Vader and he is on the back foot. Leaning against the alter another attack from Momin severs his right arm and he collapses, seemingly defeated. Momin stands over Vader, goading him and gloating in his victory. Unexpectedly a section of the chamber breaks loose and hits Momin square, crushing him against the chamber wall. As the pressure increases on his body, he still tries to taunt Vader, but his head drops and the light in the eye piece of his mask finally falls dark.
Vader stands and opens the ‘doorway’. His destiny is his own!
Elia Bonetti and Giuseppe Camuncoli are at it again! Yet another great cover for this issue. Vader’s cape engulfed in flames and peering ominously out of the page. This cover really transfers well to the storyline inside. Many covers are artwork loosely based on the story, but not this one.
We know when Vader is scorned he’s at his peak and the Mustafarian forces find that out tenfold. Even when they play their trump card, Vader has the upper hand yet again.
The highlight of this issue was the similarity of Vader’s escape from the lava compared to the scene in Revenge of the Sith. This time the result is different, Vader has full control over the dark side and it shows the anguish and injuries from previous events nulled his ability. But on this occasion his mastery of the force helps stop him succumbing the same fate again.
The demise of Momin was always going to happen, but how he went, I did not see that coming! A great twist from Charles Soule again in this outstanding series of comics. Momin proves to be a far greater opponent for Vader than I thought he would be with a lightsaber, but when the chips are down, Vader always seems to be able to summon the edge over him. In some ways, Momin can talk the talk, but not walk the walk!
Is there anything that can stop Vader being reunited with Padmé in the last issue? As he says ‘My destiny… is my own’, but is it? The final issue of the series will hopefully hold all the answers.
This issue was released on 28th November 2018 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.