Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #5 – Review

Writer: Haden Blackman

Penciller: Rick Leonardi

Inker: Dan Green

Colorist: Wes Dzioba

Cover Artist: Tsuneo Sanda

The final battle with the insurgents brings a resolution to the mystery of Moff Tarkin’s son. Vader resolves the entire mission in a way that only he, the darkest lord of the Sith, can!

* There is only one DARTH VADER!

Available May 25th 2011

Review

I haven’t read the previous 4 issues of this story so I was coming in not knowing much of the set up, Thankful the comic contains a one page catch up that brought me right up to speed. They story is set between Episode III and Episode IV and sees Vader and his troops of the 501st dispatched to a planet to rescue Moff Tarkin’s son, once there they are betrayed by the man they came to save.   

This issue opens up on Vader who has been captured by the enemy and stripped of most of his armour leaving the damaged Anakin Skywalker exposed.  During the issue he is haunted by visions of his dead wife, this gives him the strength to break free and punish those that need punishing.

The story is strange as we all know that Vader is going to survive and that means that his enemies will not! Even knowing the eventual outcome the issue was an entertaining read. We get to see a side of Vader that is not really touched on in the movies, the sad and angry man that lost everything because of his thirst for more power. We get to see him completely let loose and lash out with the force.

The Artwork by Rick Leonardi is pretty good. It sticks to the standard set out by previous Star Wars comics but has its own personality. His depictions of Anakin’s Burnt face are an excellent half way point between Anakin the Jedi in Episode III and Anakin the Redeemed in Episode VI.

Conclusion

If like me you are a Vader fan and enjoy explorations of the character then I recommend getting this and checking out the previous 4 issues as well, which is something I will definitely be doing.

I’m giving this issue 3.5 out of 5, the art is solid and the story is interesting.

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