Writers- Charles Soule
Layouts- Giuseppe Camuncoli
Finishes– Daniele Orlandini
Colors: David Curiel and Dono Sanchez-Almara
Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Vader has built his fortress on Mustafar as well as a dark force portal. The portal has been used to revive a dead Sith Lord, which isn’t the only problem Vader has to contend with. The natives of Mustafar have staged a rebellion against Vader.
This issue is largely made up of action scenes. We first see Vader and his forces fighting the Mustafarians. Then we see Vader deal with the revived Lord Momin
The action scenes in this issue look amazing and they are just overall really impressive. Vader does some pretty awesome things. It was actually really fun.
I think the best part though was when Vader confronts Momin. Momin talks about his own relationship with the dark side of the force and how it differs from Vader’s. To me, this is interesting because other than being dark and therefore evil, we don’t get a lot of information about the dark side of the force. It also leads to some questions about what exactly Vader is trying to do on Mustafar.
He seems intent on using the portal that revived Momin for his own ends. What those ends are is still really unclear. Lots of other characters bring up Vader’s dead wife, so it’s possible he’s going to try and revive her, but we don’t really know. We know surprisingly little about Vader’s motivations. Despite the fact that he’s the titular character and our primary protagonist, we don’t get a lot of insight into his thoughts. All we really know about his actions and what he’s doing is given to us by other characters. Which to me is a really interesting way to tell a story.
Along with that, the art in this issue is great. I mentioned already that the action scenes look phenomenal. There’s lots of movement and everything is just really dynamic and great to look at. Sometimes when there are a lot of action scenes in a comic I start to gloss over them because all the panels just start to look the same after a while. Everything here was different and exciting enough that I didn’t try to skip ahead.