Journey to the Darkside (Darth Vader #25 Comic Review)

Credits:

Writer- Charles Soule

Breakdowns and Pencils- Giuseppe Camuncoli

Inks- Cam Smith

Finishes- Daniele Orlandini

Cover Artists- Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti

Variant Cover Artists- Gabriele Dell’otto; Rod Reis

Letterer- VC’s Travis Lanham

 

Intro:

Still on Mustafar, Darth Vader continues his mission of seeking answers from the Darkside of the Force.

Summary:

Darth Vader has defeated all opposition to him on Mustafar.  He has successfully opened a Force portal and uses it for his own means.  His soul leaves his body and travels through the portal.  On the way to his final destination, Vader is confronted by scenes from his past and is challenged by old enemies.  In the end, this journey doesn’t end the way Vader had hoped, but he does learn a “valuable truth”.

Thoughts:

The last few times I’ve reviewed this series I mentioned that Darth Vader’s motives weren’t all that clear.  Now we know what his purpose was and it should have been obvious to me given what we know about Anakin Skywalker as a character.  Maybe, I had a hard time seeing it because I jumped into the series late.  Regardless, we’ve finally gotten to what see Vader was looking for.  I wasn’t all that impressed.  I thought we were going to get something a little more interesting.

The journey Vader goes on is a lot more interesting.   While traveling through the Force Vader is confronted by various scenes from his past.  We see key scenes in his life starting with events in his childhood.   I thought this was pretty cool because we don’t just see flashbacks to events from the films.  We also get imagery from all over the Star Wars universe, including things from Clone Wars and Rebels.

We even get a line from the new movies which I thought was really interesting.  Even better is the fact that it actually worked with what Vader was doing and goes along well with the “truth” he learns at the end.  I thought it was fun getting bits from across the Star Wars universe here.  It was especially fun seeing those bits from the animated shows.

As far as the art goes I still think it’s great.  My favorite images in this issue come at the end of Vader’s spiritual journey.  He spends the most issue confronting visions of his past, but in the end, he’s confronted with a vision of his future.

The only way I can describe this scene is awe-inspiring.  The layout and flow give it a sense of grandeur that I was not expecting.  It also stands out from other scenes in the series so far because it’s got a drastically different color scheme.  Everything in this story arc is set on Mustafar, a volcanic planet.  That means that the color scheme of everything has been very warm, lots of reds and yellows.  This future vision is in cool colors; blues and whites.

It stands out from everything we’ve seen so far making it all the more impressive.  IT was my favorite scene in this series so far.  I’m not convinced that anything in future issues will impress me as much as this scene did.

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Sarah Bieniek

Sarah Bieniek

I live in the desert and spend a lot of time reading comics and any science fiction I can get my hands on.
Summary
I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy this series every time I read a new issue. I wasn’t expecting to like this. Vader is the ultimate villain and it’s kind of weird rooting for him as a protagonist. The art and the lore are really great though, especially in this issue.
Good
  • Great Art
  • Used imagery from throughout the Star Wars universe
Bad
  • Vader’s motivations ended up not being as complicated as I thought they would be
8
Great
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I live in the desert and spend a lot of time reading comics and any science fiction I can get my hands on.

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