Book II, Part I
SHADOWS AND SECRETS
Disorder engulfs the galaxy. After the destruction of the Death Star by a mysterious Force-strong rebel pilot, the Sith Lord DARTH VADER was deemed responsible by his master, EMPEROR PALPATINE. Now pursuing his own agenda – the pilot’s identity – Vader recruited bounty hunter BOBA FETT and archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA.
Pitted by the Emperor against a new array of rivals for his position in the Empire, Vader’s rage at being doubted was compunded by an even more shocking revelation – the rebel pilot he sought was actually the son he never knew he’d had.
Now, alongside Aphra, the Sith Lord returns to his home planet of Tatooine to the former homestead of the pilot, following a trail left behind by Boba Fett and the young Skywalker….
Darth Vader 7 has one of the best covers so far in the Vader series. The eerie shadow Vader casts on the Lars Homestead gives me goosebumps, and is a nice nod to the promotional poster for Episode I, where Anakin Skywalker’s shadow is Darth Vader’s.
Vader revisiting the Lars Homestead seems logical, but I can’t help but feel like I was expecting something more significant when Vader examined the house. When he visits Ben Kenobi’s old home, he deduces that the boy is very strong in the Force, by assessing the lightsaber scorch marks left by Luke’s lightsaber in the fight with Boba Fett. It’s unclear to me whether the flashback scene was just for the benefit of the audience, or whether or not Vader used psychometry, like Quinlan Vos, to see what happened when he touched the scorch mark. The fanboy in me hopes the latter.
Carrying onward, the story starts to get confusing, as so many things are happening at once. It appears Vader wants contraband and confiscates it from a Rodian crimelord. Meanwhile, Aphra is in a bar, talking to bounty hunters about possibly stealing the contraband. It’s all very confusing, and I don’t know if I’m into it. Seeing Bossk was nice, but too much hissing in his dialogue was irritating. He isn’t a snake.
The red IG-90 bounty hunter droid leaves a lot of questions, at least for me. In new canon, are their still IG-88A through D, and is this one an upgrade? Hopefully, these questions will be answered in the next issue, because right now my head is spinning. I give this comic 3 out of 5 Death Stars.