Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Art: Paolo Villanelli
Colors: Arif Prianto
Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Greg Smallwood
Variant Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti; Leinil Francis Yu and Romulo Fajardo Jr
We begin a new leg of Darth Vader’s journey to scourge of the universe. It’s apparently a little more complicated than him simply terrorizing the universe at the whims of the Emperor.
Darth Vader fights a kaiju! In this issue, there’s a giant space monster that’s holding a planet hostage. All of the inhabitants are terrified of it and it has become their god of death and destruction. Then one day Darth Vader descends from the sky and fights it.
I have to admit, seeing Vader fight a space kaiju was pretty cool. Watching a single guy take on a giant monster is pretty impressive, but it was a little weird having that guy be Darth Vader. He’s a villain, so it’s a little scary to see how strong he is alone, but this issue doesn’t touch on that. Instead, he’s portrayed as a hero. Someone who saved this planet from a terror.
It is a little weird seeing Vader played as the hero of a planet though. To them he’s not just a hero either, he’s something of a mythical savior. Which is really weird imagery to associate with Darth Vader. This story proposes to examine Darth Vader’s legacy. It’s going to be a look at how people throughout the galaxy who have encountered Vader view him.
Honestly, it makes me a little uncomfortable. Especially since in this issue, we saw him become the savior of a planet. The Empire in Star Wars has always been Nazi coded. Darth Vader has always been a villain and a pretty firm follower of the Emperor. What I’m saying is that I can only see him as a villain and a space Nazi. Which makes it really hard for me to see him portrayed as a hero. I can handle him being the main character, but I can’t handle him being worshiped by a bunch of people as savior.
If that’s going to be a thing that happens regularly from now on I don’t think I’ll be able to handle this series.
While I am bothered by the story the art was really nice. It looked good and the colors were great. The fact that there are lots of different colors is actually really nice. The last bunch of Darth Vader issues took place on Mustafar. Since that is a volcanic planet pretty much the entire color palette was red and yellow. Which did look cool, but got boring after a while. This issue has a lot more variety in color which I found really nice. The colors are also used really well which is always a win.