Review: Darth Vader #8

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Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Salvador Larroca & Edgar Delgado

Last month’s issue of Darth Vader left me wondering if Aphra was stupid or just plain crazy as it seemed like she was going to double cross Darth Vader and the Empire with the help of some bounty hunters to make a major score.  As we find out in this issue, Darth Vader has learned much from Palpatine about using different factions independent of each other to achieve your goals.

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The book opens at the edge of the outer rim, a planet called Anthan Prime, Aphra has recruited Bossk, IG-90 and several other bounty hunters to rob a small fortune from an Imperial cruiser.  It’s a pretty inventive plan involving an exploding asteroid to cover their tracks.  It seems to go off without a hitch and all the bounty hunters find themselves very wealthy.  The heist is fairly involved and takes up most of the first half of the book, but it’s not so complicated that we can’t follow the actions.

Since the heist went so well, Aphra has the bounty hunters on the line for more work.  What they don’t know is that they will be working as part of Darth Vader’s plans.  Vader now has a droid factory, bounty hunters and the means to pay those hunters to do almost anything, but Vader is still missing some crucial piece of information.  He has sent Aphra on a mission to find out more, but we are not yet told what she is looking for.  He reminds her that she would do well to not fail to meet his deadline.

Darth Vader still has to keep up appearances with Grand General Tagge and the assassin’s recruited by the Emperor.  Tagge has assignments for them all to deal with a terrorist group calling themselves the Plasma Devils, as well as investigating the heist that Vader’s bounty hunters just did.  Add in a new Imperial assistant, Inspector Thanoth, for Vader and things have become more complicated.  The Inspector seems smarter than your average Imperial flunky.

For a book that doesn’t seem to have much going on, there are a lot of moving parts here.  There isn’t much action to speak of, the heist has a few smaller shoot outs with droids, but not much else.  Most of this issue seems to be setup for a bigger pay off later in the series.

Kieron Gillen’s script has the same flair and humour that we have been accustomed to, although Vader’s plans are starting to become a bit complicated as we don’t have a true endgame in place yet.  Salvador Larroca’s art and Edgar Delgado’s colors continue to deliver the dark world inhabited by these nefarious characters and Sith Lords, each party working to double cross the other.  On its own the book is good but feels somewhat of a step down from the previous issues.  With the issue being all about moving pieces into position, I imagine it will read better once we have the full story.

3.5/5 Kath Hounds

3.5/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.