Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Darth Vader #16

The battle for Mon Cala continues in Darth Vader #16 as the Dark Lord of the Sith and his inquisitors search for the Jedi Barr and his followers. Meanwhile, despite grinding out victories over the locals, Tarkin grows weary at the cost the Mon Cala resistance is having on the Empire and enlists Vader to help which will leave the troopers and Inquisitors at the mercy of Barr who still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

The issue features a few flashbacks to Barr enlisting followers to his side from those personally hurt by the Empire. While none of these are that detailed we do see a certain cold (almost Sith-like) logic to bending followers and their angry and hurt to his will.

The original Star Wars was a little fuzzy about just where Darth Vader fit into the hierarchy of the Empire. In Tarkin's plea, we get confirmation that Vader is set outside of the military completely and able to act on the Emperor's wishes. Vader agrees to leave his men, but based on Barr's surprise for the Inquisitors, it looks like a decision he may regret. Worth a look.

[Star Wars, $3.99]

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