Book II, Part II
SHADOWS AND SECRETS
Chaos disrupts 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, Vader enlisted the assistance of the bounty hunter BOBA FETT and archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA.
In an attempt to find the boy who destroyed the Death Star, Vader returned to the desert planet of Tatooine only to find an empty husk of a hut, scorched with blaster marks where the boy battled the infamous bounty hunter.
Elsewhere on the Outer Rim planet Son-Tuul, a gathering of bounty hunters and mercenaries are greeted by Aphra, who offers them the chance to steal the sum of a lifetime from an Imperial ship….
Darth Vader 8 was a very confusing issue. It is all setting up for big plans, but I can’t help but feel a little fatigue when reading it. Its confusing on where the bounty hunters play into this mission, and Vader is at odds with Tagge about finding the rebel pilot who blew up the Death Star. I didn’t care for the pacing of the story and the excessive dialogue that said really nothing. Aside from a few quips from Triple Zero, the dialogue was stale and bland.
Vader’s replacements make an appearance and their role in the whole scheme of things is confusing as well. I really wanted to see something more definitive then all these set-ups. The replacement agent that Tagge has assigned to Vader, is a Sherlock Holmes-ish character, who I feel is not the right person to be paired with Vader. Having Vader’s actions and whereabouts scrutinized by a detective strikes me as irritating, and not a good foil for Vader
Several panels show things happening on planets like Mygeeto, Son-tuul and one of Anthan Prime’s moons. I honestly have no idea what was going on during that time, and I feel overall lost in this issue. I unfortunately give this comic, 2 out of 5 Death Stars for lack of clarity and substance. Hopefully, the series will pick back up again.