Monday, September 18, 2017

Darth Vader #5

After defeating Jedi Master Kirak Infil'a, Darth Vader has one last piece of business before claiming his trademark red lightsaber. Sent to Mustafar by the Emperor, the Dark Lord of the Sith will face one final challenge in his attempt to bend the Kyber crystal to his will and create his trademark blade.

The last bit of this arc details with the questionable decision to have a Sith change a Kyber crystal in order to force the crystals to delve into the Dark Side of the Force. As a story point having the crystal "bleed" red is awkward at best. That said, the final issue of the arc offers an interesting look into the internal conflict within the Sith who was once Anakin Skywalker. Given a vision by the crystal we see what might have been if Vader would turn against his master and reclaim his role as Jedi.

Unfortunately for the galaxy, after giving up so much to earn his current role, Vader cannot make such a sacrifice. The arc ends, as we expected, with Vader firing his blade for the first time. For fans.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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