Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Darth Vader #17

What does it mean to be a Jedi? Darth Vader #17 finally brings the Jedi Barr and Darth Vader face-to-face. While Vader is serving his own murderous impulses and the interests of the Emperor and Barr is pushing a Rebellion on Mon Cala that definitely isn't in the population's best short-term interests, the comic shows that neither is actually serving the Force.

Darth Vader #17 also features the hard line that Grand Moff Tarkin chooses to take on the rebelling planet, in an attempt to teach a lesson to any who would rebel in the future, even after their leader agrees to stand down and end the Rebellion. Barr and Tarkin bring equal amounts of destruction to Mon Cala as each plays a small role in a much larger game.

While the Empire wins the day, an important admiral and a fleet of ships manage to escape the destruction of their homeworld. As Barr foresaw, the Rebellion just got stronger. But was the near total destruction of the surface world of Mon Cala worth it? Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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