Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #5

    Book 1, Part V


    Crisis strikes the galaxy. After the destruction of the DEATH STAR, the Sith lord DARTH VADER has been deemed responsible by Emperor Palpatine. Dishonored, Vader now seeks his own agenda- the identity of the Force-strong rebel pilot, responsible for the Death Star’s ruin.

    Enlisting the assistance of archeologist DOCTOR APHRA, Vader has acquired a personal army from a forgotten factory on the planet Geonosis. And with the help of Black Krrsantan and droids Triple-Zero and BT, Vader has captured the mysterious agent CYLO-IV, who is secretly working for the Emperor.

    Now with the might of an army under his hand, Vader sets out to the far reaches of space to hunt down those whom the Emperor has deemed worthy enough to replace the Dark Lord of the Sith.

    Space whales? Space whales? Space whales.

    Yes, the bad guy’s base is on the back of a giant space-whale like creature, making it similar to the space slug, another vacuum-living behemoth.

    Anyways, the story continues to get interesting. Vader boards the abse with Aphra coordinating and it feels very smooth and Star Wars-y. Then we get into the real meat and potatoes, and it feels like something out of the Matrix or Tron. Vader’s “replacements” do not wield the Force, but are a group with “technological substitutes” designed to fight on par with a Force sensitive. Similar to General Grievous, only there are more of them.

    Cylo IV reveals himself to be alive, in the new body of Cylo V, and things get even weirder from there. He declares the Force obsolete, and for someone like Vader, it must be nails on a chalkboard, reminiscent of what Motti said about the Force, on the Death Star not too long ago.

    Vader’s test is about to begin. He will be deemed worthy or obsolete to the Emperor’s machinations.

    All in all, this was a very different type of comic. The villains are neither Sith nor Jedi, and seemed to have even replaced the Inquisitor program in the Emperor’s eyes. The next issue will most likely prove Vader right, and give him reassurance in the Force, so he can continue his super super secret mission: discovering the pilot who blew up the Death Star. I give this issue a 3 ½ 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.