Script: Haden Blackman
Art: Agustin Alession
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dave Wilkins
Darth Vader has opened the cells of the top secret Jedi prison, unleashing some of the most dangerous beings the galaxy has ever known.
This issue doesn’t waste any time plunging us into the battle. Issue #3 ended with Lt. Yohm’s plan to use the prisoners to build an army. Darth Vader has other plans. He wants only the strongest, forcing the prisoners to fight to the death. As described by Lt. Yohm himself “This isn’t war, it’s just violence.” Many of these prisoners were captured by Anakin Skywalker, so Darth Vader’s motives for this really come into question.
This issue really pushes the boundaries on the amount of violence and brutality we are used to seeing in Star Wars. Even the honorable Lt. Yohm is shown being pushed by Darth Vader into some truly violent acts, and we see the effect that this has on him.
Haden Blackman has cast a new light on Darth Vader, showing us how the early Imperial Officers viewed the Dark Lord of the Sith. His writing takes a relatively simple story and makes it something exciting and touching.
Agustin Alession’s art continues to impress. He especially shines during the opening battle scene, capturing all the chaotic action and violence.
The story is not just all about violence and the Dark Lord, in the midst of all this is some truly touching moments of humanity, and the simple pleasures in life.