Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Story: Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
The Vader Down crossover event continues. Darth Vader has crashed on Vrogas Vas and the Rebellion has sent everything they have to stop him. The Dark Lord of the Sith is not stopped so easily though, and he has ripped through their ranks.
This chapter opens in the aftermath of Han’s battle with Aphra. Han has managed to rescue Luke and protect Chewie, but they just got word that Leia has found Vader. However, he is going to have his own problems with a wookiee bounty hunter. It is pretty great to see Chewie face off against the bounty hunter, Krrsantan. We have never seen two wookiees really fight, most of time it’s Chewie tearing through everyone. I’m sure we will see more of their battle in the next issue
It’s very interesting to see Leia face to face with Darth Vader just weeks after the destruction of Alderaan and her imprisonment aboard the Death Star. She is fearless and doesn’t cower before him, instead calls down the Rebel fleet to attack her position regardless if she is still there or not.
The issue closes rather unexpectedly with Commander Karbin bringing in Imperial reinforcements. He is the cyborg Mon Calamari who was fighting against Vader for the Emperor’s loyalty. He is a strange figure and I’m still getting used to his look, it’s almost like a joke custom figure that someone made. Two issues remain in the event to see if he is a force to be reckoned with or another imposter to be dispatched by Darth Vader.
This is an enjoyable issue but it’s not one where anything truly memorable happens. Part of the long form storytelling in these events is that you occasionally need to break from the action to push the storyline forward. That’s what we have here. This issue is all about moving the pieces into place to start the buildup to the finale and it makes it more difficult to judge this issue by itself and not part of the larger whole.