Review: Darth Vader #9

Darth Vader Review banner 9 Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Colorist: Edgar Delgado Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna Cover Artists: Salvador Larroca & Edgar Delgado Darth Vader has a plan, there are few that know of this plan or what it might mean for the future of the Empire, the galaxy, and the Sith.  He continues to work in secret showing his Imperial superiors just enough to make them think he is working with them while he continues pushing his own agenda.
Darth Vader 9

Darth Vader #9

A small squad of Rebel soldiers think they have stumbled on the chance to actually take out Darth Vader once and for all.  This would be a crippling blow to the Empire and a huge victory for the Alliance.  Unfortunately, Vader was waiting for them and even annoyed that they took longer than he expected to get to him.  Like with many things Vader is doing now it seems this is as much a way to help the Empire as it is a cover story for his other dealings. His new Imperial handler, Imperial Inspector Thanoth, has started looking into the credit theft from the previous issue.  Thanoth does seem to be smarter than the average Imperial flunky and doesn't believe the ship was destroyed in an accident.  Thanoth actually takes center stage for most of this issue while Vader looms large in the background. Their investigation puts them on the trail of an arms dealer.  Thanoth is almost gentlemanly in his interrogation and apprehension, but everything is thrown into disorder by the artificial Jedi twins, Morit and Aionin.  They want to set an example and make sure everyone fears the bloody fist of the Empire.  Thanoth's disgust at their crude techniques is amusing and just another example of Kieron Gillen's great writing. The last few pages are Aphra buying information at a premium price about a seemingly unimportant bureaucrat named Commodex Tahn.  With Vader's plan, nothing is unimportant, especially this one man.  The last lines of the book have me dying to see where the next issue goes and what Vader will do. The creative team continues to excel in this book.  Gillen's writing is sly, intelligent and at times hilarious.  Salvador Larocca and Edgar Delgado continue to give us a great looking book.  The book has taken us into the dark side and we can see the many different shades in the darkness and the briefest of glimpses of the light.  My only complaint is I want to know more about what exactly Vader is building towards, but it's the questions and the anticipation that make me anxious for the next book.
4/5 Kath Hounds

4/5 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.