Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Story: Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
Darth Vader has pursued Luke Skywalker to the planet Vrogas Vas. However, he didn’t know it was also home to a Rebel base. Vader has torn through the Rebels only to be slowed down by Luke himself. Now, Vader will stop at nothing to capture Luke.
When we last left Darth Vader at the end of Vader Down #1, he was surrounded by a battalion of Rebel troops. However, a Dark Lord of the Sith is not so easily captured or intimidated. He makes short work of the Rebels. Darth Vader never seems to lose control of the situation. It was great seeing him using the Force to trigger the grenades. Though I’m not sure about stopping a tank blast with a lightsaber. However, if anyone could do it, it would be Darth Vader.
Han, Leia, and Chewie have finally arrived in the system, but Leia seems to be more obsessed with stopping Darth Vader than saving Luke, who still has not been seen since his fighter went down. Seems she is still carrying the scars of what happened to her on the Death Star and is taking this personally. The scene mirrors a similar scene from Empire Strikes Back when Luke is lost on Hoth.
Aphra is still hiding in orbit. She seems a bit uncertain about her options here, whether or not Vader blames her for this being a Rebel base or if he will really let her survive this unpunished. It’s interesting to see her reviewing Luke’s files and have no idea really who Han and the droids are. Triple Zero even gets a funny moment with Han Solo’s name. They do have a plan of sorts to capture Luke by exploiting his greatest weakness, his naivete.
Kieron Gillen’s fun twisted writing continues here. Darth Vader is powerful, possibly a bit too much, but it was refreshing to see him mixing up his tactics either because he is starting to show fatigue or just to keep the enemy guessing. Salvador Larroca’s art really gets a chance to shine here. I feel he captured the essence of our main trio well, several panels feel like they are straight out of A New Hope.
Two issues in and I’m enjoying this crossover event. I do hope that we start to get a bit of variety as the story progresses though, it can become a bit routine watching Vader hack and slash his way through the Rebel ranks.