Script: Haden Blackman
Art: Agustin Alession
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dave Wilkins
When you work closely with Darth Vader, the odds of having a happy ending are pretty slim. The closer you are to Darth Vader, the less likely you are of ever actually achieving that happy ending. There are no happy endings in Darth Vader’s world.
If Haden Blackman’s story has a flaw, it is that it’s a prequel. We know the outcome of the coup against the Emperor and we can guess about the fates of those who would stand against the Emperor and Darth Vader. But, that’s not why we enjoy prequels, it’s all about the journey and those new faces in the story.
The book is called “Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison”, but Darth Vader is not our main character. We learn about Darth Vader through Lt. Laurita Tohm. As he gets closer to Darth Vader, we have seen the change in him, the corrupting influence of the Dark Lord.
Now, we have the final issue of this book. The coup and the loyalist Imperials both move into their endgame. Grand Moff Tarkin is the key to both group’s plans. But the traitorous Imperials drastically underestimated the lengths to which a Dark Lord of the Sith will go to win, the influence he will have on those around him. How far he will push them.
This is where we are in the final issue. The traitors on one side, Darth Vader and the loyal officers on the other side. All this builds to an exciting and action filled climax that shows just why Darth Vader’s enemies fear him, but those who get close to him fear him even more.