Book II, Part III
SHADOWS AND SECRETS
It is a period of insurgence. After the destruction of the Death Star by a Force-strong rebel pilot, the Sith Lord DARTH VADER was deemed responsible by his master, Emperor Palpatine. Enlisting the help of archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA and droids Beetee and Triple-Zero, Vader is able to pursue his own agenda under the Empire’s ever watchful eye.
Using the expertise of Aphra and a carefully selected crew of bounty hunters, Vader looted a stash of Imperial credits from an Imperial cruiser under the guise of an accident. Complete with a droid army, a team of bounty hunters, and an Imperial fortune on hand, Vader is one step closer to finding the rebel pilot.
Now in the Anthan system, Vader’s new adjutant Imperial Inspector Thanoth gets to the bottom of what happened on the ill-fated Imperial cruiser….
Darth Vader 9 introduces us to an interesting character. Thanoth. I may have mentioned in my last review that he is too much a cliché Sherlock Holmes type character; yet I find myself liking him. Perhaps, I am hungry for an Imperial that is competent (yet the monocle is a bit much, surely their vision correction technology could see to that).
Anyway, the story is a little confusing as I’m not sure what Vader and Thanoth want. They are trying to figure out, I believe, if the loss of contraband on the Imperial crusier was not an accident, as Thanoth suspects (and Vader knows), yet they throw in so many other things , that you get confused as to who is who and what is what. Yet, in this mess, there is defeinetely an interesting story, and the Thanoth/Vader dynamic is very enjoyable.
Aphra’s mission is much clearer. She is looking for information surrounding Luke Skywalker, who Vader has surmised is his son. Aphra’s Givin contact reveals morticians from Naboo…
All in all, this was a good issue. The cliffhanger with the knowledge of the morticians was great, and I am excited to see in the next issue, Aphra looking for clues on Naboo.
My only two gripes about this comic are what the twins were doing in this issue; they were fighting in some type of droid fighting den, which does not really add to the story and how Thanoth is able to survey the Anthan Prime shipyards in dead space without any type of protective gear or a spacesuit! He is merely standing on a circular piece of metal that clearly must project an invisible force field or something. Either that, or Thanoth can breathe in a vacuum.