Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #12

    Book II, Part VI

    SHADOWS AND SECRETS

    It is a time of unrest. After the Death Star was destroyed by an X-wing pilot, the Sith Lord DARTH VADER has been eager to track down the Force-strong rebel responsible.

    Vader’s adjutant Inspector Thanoth located THE ANTE, an information broker he suspects has crucial knowledge regarding stolen Imperial credits. Droid archaeologist DR. APHRA to the The Ante first and buys from him the location of Luke Skywalker, the pilot responsible for the Death Star’s demolition.

    Darth Vader and Thanoth arrive just in time to discover that Aphra is the one who stole the mission’s credits. They also manage to get the location of the Plasma Devils from The Ante before the information broker is killed. Aphra nearly escapes, but Darth Vader and Thanoth now have her cornered….

    The Review

    It is a time of unrest. After the Death Star was destroyed by an X-wing pilot, the Sith Lord DARTH VADER has been eager to track down the Force-strong rebel responsible.

    Vader’s adjutant Inspector Thanoth located THE ANTE, an information broker he suspects has crucial knowledge regarding stolen Imperial credits. Droid archaeologist DR APHRA gets to The Ante first and buys from him the location of Luke Skywalker, the pilot responsible for the Death Star’s demolition.

    Darth Vader and Thanoth arrive just in time to discover that Aphra is the one who stole the mission’s credits. They manage also to get the location of the Plasma Devils from the Ante before the information broker is killed. Aphra nearly escapes, but Darth Vader and Thanoth now have her cornered…

    Darth Vader 12 is an interesting issue. Vader continues to lead Thanoth away from chasing Aphra with subtle Palpatine-esque manipulations. She is very nervous for her life, and she should be as Vader is only keeping her alive, if she continues to remain useful. Her personality is a great foil against Vader’s robotic demeanor.

    The attack on the Plasma Devils was a bit anti-climactic, and we don’t actually see any ground assault as the cover suggests. However, we do see a very VERY cool instance of Vader taking down a Y-wing with a throw of his lightsaber. This is perhaps a teaser for the explosive action promised in Vader Down.

    This issue continues to bring up more questions that have yet to be answered. Why is Luke on Vrogas Vra? What are the twins doing, along with the other of Tagge’s agents? Who were the Plasma Devils?

    Hopefully, these things will be made clear soon. Gillen’s series continues to be more cerebral, then Jason Aaron’s action packed drama, and I give this issue 3 out of 5 Death Stars

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    Max Nocerino
    Max writes reviews on both canon and non-canon comic books and also reviews the short stories in Star Wars Insider. He has interviewed such authors such as Kevin Hearne and Jason Fry.