Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colorist: Frank Martin Jr
Story: Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
Darth Vader is acting on information he received about the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker. This is the beginning of a crossover event between the two main ongoing Star Wars titles, Star Wars and Darth Vader. Darth Vader’s plans have come to fruition and he is one step closer to finding Luke.
The issue opens with Darth Vader exiting hyperspace over the planet Vrogas Vas, a seemingly unimportant world, but it’s where the Rebellion has made a temporary base and where Luke has gone to find out more about the Jedi. Vader exits hyperspace into a training exercise. Three squadrons of Rebel fighters are in front of him.
This past year it has seemed that there is a conscious effort from Lucasfilm to make Darth Vader into a terrifying villain again. Yes, he is a tragic fallen hero and a victim as much as a villain, but he is also a Dark Lord of the Sith and an incredibly powerful and skilled warrior. Here we see him in rare form, single-handedly taking out nearly two full squadrons of fighters and being unfazed by facing down an entire battalion of troops. That is a truly terrifying force.
It’s only because of Luke that the Rebels even stand a chance against Vader. Luke alone is able to cripple his ship and force him down to the planet. On the other side of the galaxy, the Rebel fleet is mobilized to come provide assistance to stop Vader, while Aphra and her murderous droids are on their way to help Vader. All the pieces are coming together in one location.
Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen have written a story that picks up right where their previous titles left off. While this is only the first issue of the 6 issue crossover it does work to combine all of the disparate elements into one single storyline. Mike Deodato’s art and Frank Martin’s colors capture the action of Vader slicing through the Rebel forces, showing both their heroism, their sacrifice, and their losses. This extra large issue is quite the kick off to an event, I only hope that the rest can live up to the promise of this first issue.