Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Story: Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
This is the finale for the Vader Down crossover event. Darth Vader’s hunt for Luke Skywalker has led him to the hidden Rebel base on Vrogas Vas. Vader has repelled every attack the Rebellion has thrown at him. Now, Imperial reinforcements have shown up led by the Mon Calamari cyborg, Commander Karbin.
Things are not going well for Darth Vader. He nearly had Luke Skywalker and had dealt a significant blow to the Rebellion forces before Karbin and his forces showed up. Now he is losing everything while stuck in a fight against the cyborg. Luckily, Aphra is still there to help him out.
Princess Leia has been the main one leading the charge against Vader, but as the situation has continued to fall apart she realizes that there will be another time and place to take out Vader. There are more important things to deal with right now. We get a great look into her thoughts and emotions as she watches Vader duel Karbin. She looks back on the destruction of Alderaan and then sees herself standing over the bodies of her friends. It’s a very moving scene and really gets into the mindset of the Princess.
Much of the issue actually revolves around Threepio. He is the link between Princess Leia and the others. He even gets his turn as the hero stepping up to the wookiee Krrsantan. Of course, in typical Threepio fashion, he was merely in the wrong place at the right time. Having him wonder around with his head on backwards and no arms does feel very similar to his time on Geonosis, but I don’t think he has quite as many bad jokes this time.
The event story has ended, but the ramifications from this will continue to be felt. Aphra has been captured by the Alliance and she knows a lot about what Vader has been planning, and he is not going to let her go easily. She’s been a really interesting character so I hope she sticks around for a while and doesn’t just end up on the wrong end of a lightsaber.
Marvel’s first Star Wars event has been a good one, it may have started out a little too one-note with Vader tearing everything apart in his path, but I think it ended up being a solid story. I’m sure they will continue to do events like this in the future between their other titles as well.