Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Adi Granov
Darth Vader and Aphra are on a mission to uncover the truth about Luke Skywalker. Aphra has been sent to an information broker named The Ante while Vader is investigating a credit theft that he and Aphra set up. Vader’s investigation with his Imperial adjutant, Inspector Thanoth, is getting dangerously close to discovering the truth.
Aphra is high above the storm covered planet of Anthan Prime dealing with The Ante in search of the final pieces of information about Luke. Right from the beginning Kieron Gillen’s flair for dialogue shows.
Aphra sends the droids Triple Zero and Beetee down to the gaming floor for some holochess. This may have been part of the plan or may have just been a great coincidence. When dealing with Star Wars we are never quite sure what is and isn’t a coincidence. Is it a coincidence if it was the will of the Force? It’s helpful though, because as soon as the Imperial troops show up looking for The Ante, Beetee is able to provide a distraction that only these two murderous but loveable droids could provide.
Darth Vader has let Inspector Thanoth run the investigation and Thanoth is a very good investigator. It’s probably the only reason Vader has let him live this long. Thanoth is inching his way ever closer to the truth, even with Vader constantly sabotaging their efforts along the way.
However, now Vader and Aphra’s paths are crossing and her mission must not be discovered. Aphra once again proves that she knows what she has gotten herself into and knows how to keep herself safe from the Sith Lord. The finale was a shock to me, not in the sense of a twist, but rather a shock in how Aphra works Vader to keep herself alive and the steps Vader will take to ensure his primary mission is a success.
The first half of the issue is more of what we have come to expect from this creative team and this book, that’s not to say it’s a bad thing. However, the second half steps up the story, building more tension and raising the stakes for everyone involved. I was beginning to wonder if this story was going anywhere, but the last two issues have begun to show us pieces of Vader’s plan and we can now see how all the pieces work together.