Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Marco Castiello and Andrea Chella
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dan Scott
One of the first things we learn about Darth Vader is how he helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. With a book titled Purge, it’s what we expect and it’s what we get. The story revolves around Vader traveling to an Imperial world called Vaklin to end a Jedi-led insurgency. Not everything goes to plan but Vader refuses to give up.
Alexander Freed tells this story through an Imperial major’s report, similar to the recent Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison comic series. From this style, we learn more about what the others within the Empire think of Darth Vader and his tactics, and it becomes a more engaging story than if Vader was providing the narration with his thoughts of “kill the Jedi at all cost”. The major’s narration from the report blends very well with the dialogue of the characters and the action of the fights. Freed knows exactly when to include a caption or to let the visuals do all the talking.
Since this story is only two issues long, not only is the story concise and quick-paced, but the art by Marco Castiello and Andrea Chella captures all the necessary moments of the story in great detail. Although the multiple battles are all well done, what stands out to me the most is the interrogation scene. The Force is a powerful weapon and some elements of it can be hard to illustrate in a single panel. But when done with just a couple, the intensity of Vader’s ruthlessness to get the answers he wants is accurately displayed.
Even before its release, I knew this story wouldn’t be too long and that lots of information would come at the readers within the first issue. Although this issue delivers all of that, it’s easy to follow and get into with a well scripted and illustrated story. Now we wait for the conclusion to see what Vader’s new partnership brings.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.