BOOK 1, PART 4
Chaos grips the Galactic Empire. After the destruction of THE DEATH STAR, the disgraced Sith Lord, DARTH VADER was demoted by his Master, Emperor Palpatine. It is now clear to him that no man can be trusted. The rule of law is in danger.
Unknown to the Emperor, Vader is quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star and the identity of the stranger who is conspiring with the Emperor.
But For this he will need his own personal, secret forces. Vader recruits droid archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA to do so – and she leads the fallen Jedi to the old warzone of GEONOSIS….
What an issue! First off, I’d like to say that while looking at the cover; I think two things. The Rogue Squadron game where Wedge Antilles has to fight battle droids on Geonosis and an interesting inverse. As Anakin,Skywalker led flesh and blood men to fight droids, and now as a cyborg, Vader wishes to have a droid army to fight the flesh and blood. The Force suddenly does work in mysterious ways…
Anyway, the issue itself couldn’t have been better if it tried. I can’t believe this is the same series I started reading two months ago. Vader and Aphra’s dynamic is phenomenal and it feels fresh, as there really never has been a tale in the old EU where Vader worked alongside someone.
The Geonosian queen using battle droids for her children was both creepy and psychologically brilliant. Kieron Gillen was really able to get inside the head of a deranged mother who had lost her children and couldn’t move on. Triple Zero, the “evil” counterpart to C-3PO, is a great new character; he is impeccably polite but also downright brutal in his torture methods. I am just in love with the events of this comic.
Final note: This comic covers a lot of ground for one issue. The cliffhanger at the end has me salivating for more, and we will soon be witnessing Vader’s biggest test.