Review: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #3

DVATNA 2 Script: Tim Siedell Pencils: Ivan Fernandez Inks: Denis Freitas Colors: Michael Atiyeh Lettering: Michael Heisler Cover Art: Ariel Olivetti Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #3 is all about the art. Darth Vader continues searching for those responsible for the latest attempt on Emperor Palpatine's life, while an assassin remains right behind him, waiting to strike against the Dark Lord of the Sith at the opportune moment. Tim Siedell's story continues with a new art team and an interesting twist at the end.

Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #3

Siedell didn't supply too much dialogue bubbles in this issue, deciding to detail Vader's “nature walk” with pure visuals. The Dark Lord arrives at the planet where a star destroyer went down in the last issue. There's very few lines of dialogue once Vader goes hiking for the source of a massive beam, but Siedell's script calls for all the right number of panels needed to relay what the Dark Lord is doing, whether he's jumping through a destroyed star cruiser or encountering the local wildlife. And with the story relying on the art, Ivan Fernandez and Denis Freitas do a great job capturing every detail. Vader never looked to be very agile in his black armor, but that's just another example of looks being deceiving. (I recall Yoda saying something about size, too.) When Vader's in motion, it's fluid and detailed, letting the reader figuratively see Vader move on the page. This planet is rich with life, and when something isn't foolishly trying to eat our favorite Sith, no blade of grass is left out in the finer details. The original art team returns for next month's issue, but this issue's team will be back for the finale, so I'm looking forward to more amazing visuals. This issue advances the story a bit, but does so in grand illustrative style, so when the reader quickly reads through it, he or she will then flip back through the pages, taking in more details of the art. I thought the story would be fairly straight forward, and for the assassin's part, it is, but what will the final page mean next for Darth Vader?

3.5/5 Kath Hounds

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Lawrence Davis joined 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.