Script: Tim Siedell
Art: Gabriel Guzman
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Felipe Massafera
The battle to take Ostor is on with Darth Vader leading the forces in Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #4. Tim Siedell and Gabriel Guzman deliver a visually appealing story at the start, setting everything up for the final issue next month.
After failing to take Ostor last issue, Darth Vader and his troops return to finish the job this time. Hock Malsuum joins by flying on the Dark Lord of the Sith’s wing, but Ostor’s residents refuse to be taken down so easily. Hock ends up in a different place than he planned and realizes that circumstances aren’t always as easily overcome as one suspects.
Tim Siedell starts the issue off on fire (literally) and slows down at the end. This has been a story about Hock Malsuum from the start, and after a few initial panels to set the scene, that’s who we follow through the firefight and into the enemy camp. The commander’s struggle with helping the Empire establish peace in the galaxy reaches a climax, and Siedell does a fair job of showing that.
Gabriel Guzman remains at the top of his game with the art. The first half is all action and explosions with star ships, and the details on the opening splash and the final panel were some of the best. But Guzman has been paying attention to details from the beginning, and even for characters that are likely around for a few pages in this issue only, no wrinkle is neglected.
The story started quick and intense this issue, but weakened near the end from circumstances of clearing the way for the conclusion. But overall, this issue fits well in the bigger picture, and the art is great to look at, even for a character yelling at another. Next month is the conclusion, and I’ll be thrilled to see how Vader, with Hock’s help, finish Ostor’s rebellion off.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.