Review: Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist #2

Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Marco Castiello and Andrea Chella
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dan Scott

The Purge always meant one thing to me: Darth Vader hunting down Jedi.  But this issue looks at the Purge in even more detail so that the Jedi hunting is just a very small part of it (though it is Vader’s ultimate goal).

Purge: The Tyrant’s Fist #2

Alexander Freed’s script continues the same narration as the last issue in this two-part miniseries.  For a shorter miniseries, Freed did a great job blending the story with the action.  As Namada follows her orders in leading “a series of public works projects,” great icons fall and new names are given.  And when Vader finally finds his target, he shows just how far he’s fallen to the dark side.

Marco and Andrea’s art was strong for the conclusion.  I would think making an alien with no apparent eyes appear heartbroken would be hard to illustrate, but immediately upon seeing the panel, its message was relayed without a problem.  I believe emotion really drives a story, and being able to do it without a word is a great accomplishment.  Of course, a nice lightsaber fight and some explosions also help, and the team knew it.

This was exactly what I’d expect a Darth Vader purge story to be, and this creative team delivered.  Because it was only a couple issues long, the story was short and sweet, and not like some stories that drastically slowdown when it’s stretched longer than it needs to be. Kudos to the team and be sure to check it out.

4.0/5 Kath Hounds

Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at staff@eucantina.net.

About the Author

Lawrence Davis joined EUCantina.net near its start, served as one of the original hosts for EUCast, and now reviews Star Wars comics since he consumes too many comics each week. He grew up watching the Star Wars films over and over again, and he dived into the EU after reading the X-wing book series and the New Jedi Order novel, Conquest.