Review: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #1

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Script: Tim Siedell
Art: Gabriel Guzman
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Felipe Massafera

The team of Time Siedell and Gabriel Guzman is back! Exaggerations begin our story and capture the Dark Lord of the Sith as we’ve always imagined him since A New Hope. Where that will take our narrator remains a mystery.

Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #1

I gave Tim Siedell high praises the last time I read his Star Wars work with the Ninth Assassin, and he hits the ground running. In hindsight, not much happens for the story except our narrator–a former clone trooper–decides to seek out the Dark Lord after hearing several stories about him. We learn what the clone trooper went through, and we learn and agree with why he wants to do what he’ll do. The mystery will be in how far he’ll go to satisfy the hunger, and the monologue seems to imply quite far.

Gabriel Guzman returns to illustrate the story as well. His work is just as rough and gritty as something found in the Dark Times series, but it’s even more rough—and that can be credited to his broad strokes. The story is all about taking a few steps into the future while thinking of all the violent conflicts of the past, leading to many great panels of epic struggle and heart-wrenching tragedy. Guzman gets to draw everything here, showing the range of his talent.

This isn’t a story we haven’t heard or seen before, but the way it’s done will leave the reader excited for the next issue. Siedell and Guzman are off to a great start, and may the Force keep them on this strong path.

4.5/5 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.