Script: Tim Siedell
Art: Gabriel Guzman
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Felipe Massafera
Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows continues to lay the ground work for our lead clone trooper as we learn how he came back into the galaxy.
Tim Siedell continues a great narrative where CT-5539 takes a name and seeks to fight alongside his new-found idol. Siedell does all of this in quick fashion, using two or three pages at a time to show Hock’s advancement from an injured clone trooper to his final goal of fighting alongside Darth Vader, much like he did with the first issue. I’m not sure how long this pace is going to go, but the last bit sets up a mission that changes everything, and who the antagonist may also have been introduced. Siedell’s characterization grows deeper and deeper, something this fan really appreciates but not at the cost of overlooking at least one specific story that helps build that character.
Gabriel Guzman’s art is still as stunning as ever, and Michael Atiyeh’s colors only enhance it. Like issue one, a sampling of all kinds of action is given. The reader also sees many different aliens that are all fan favorites from many different eras of Star Wars storytelling. With these diverse creatures, Guzman leaves no details behind, capturing even the smallest bump in the skin of a Trandoshan. The clonetrooper/stormtrooper armor looks incredibly sharp too, and when Vader feels curiosity, you can feel it even through his unalterable mask. I always thought something changed with Vader’s mask when he used the Force in Empire Strikes Back, and Guzman manages to capture that same effect. (Or I might just be crazy like that.)
My excitement for this series continues to grow, and the team works more to build the suspense. Siedell excells at characterization, reminding me a lot of my time reading Karen Traviss’s Commando books, and Guzman keeps it all looking the way we all picture the galaxy far, far away.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.