It is a period of foreboding. After the destruction of the Death Star by a Force-strong Rebel pilot, the Sith Lord DARTH VADER has taken it upon himself to discover the pilot’s true identity under the Empire’s ever watchful eye.
Using the expertise of droid archeologist DR. APHRA and her lethal droids BT-1 and 0-0-0-, Vader looted a stash of credits from an Imperial crusier, making it look like an accident. Aphra, using the stolen credits, located Commedex Than, the mortician who oversaw Senator Amidala’s burial, and confirmed Vader’s suspicions about the Rebel pilot.
However, Vader’s new adjutant Inspector Thanoth knows that all is not what it seems and plans to investigate further. Thanoth has discovered the location of an information broker called THE ANTE and has created a strike force to bring him down…..
Darth Vader 11’s cover is quite fun to look at. It’s Vader using his lightsaber to cut a hole in the floor, and is superbly drawn, and perhaps my favorite of the covers since Issue 4.
Darth Vader 11 was an interesting gem. Vader and Thanoth mobilize an attack on Aphra’s contact the Ante (who unfortunately gets killed in the process) and we see Vader exhibit continued Palpatine-like sneakiness, as he manipulates the events of the attack and its outcome. I admit, though, it’s a little confusing as to why Vader decided to try and kill Aphra, but it is most likely to tie up loose ends and keep one step ahead of Thanoth. Aphra buys herself time by revealing to Vader that she knows the location of Luke Skywalker.
That’s another thing. The Ante “revealed” that Luke was on Vrogras Va, a planet we know from Jason Aarons’s series to be the location of a Jedi Temple. Is this a little sneak peek of things to come or is the Ante simply lying? Luke has been to a temple on Devaron and didn’t get much out of it. Perhaps we will see some progress in the future.
As for the comic, albeit the confusing events; it was very entertaining and I feel it is setting the stage for a very exciting conclusion. I give it 3 ½ out of 5 Death Stars.
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