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A Betrayal, a Bar Fight, and an Unexpected Origin Story in Marvels Star Wars: Darth Vader #11

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by SWNN Probe, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    In the latest issue of Charles Soule’s fantastic Darth Vader series, the Sith Lord is betrayed by someone close as he continues his hunt for survivors of the Jedi purge. Artist Giuseppe Camuncoli and colorist David Curiel bring the intense action to life, and Soule delivers an unexpected origin story for a character he created in his first Star Wars adventure. Spoilers ahead…



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    If you’ve been following the Vader series up to this point, you’ll know that the dark lord has made quite the journey since his fall at the hands of his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Having acquired a lightsaber from a defeated foe and twisting the kyber krystal to his crimson will, Vader now trains the Inquisitorious in the fine art of Jedi eradication. After having recently killed the Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu, Vader has traveled to Cabarria with the Ninth Sister in response to a tip regarding a possible Jedi encounter.



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    So, a Sith Lord walks into a bar… I’m kidding. Many a joke may start out in similar fashion, but humor is far from Vader’s mind as he enters the watering hole looking for information about the reported Jedi. The patrons don’t seem very eager to answer, and suddenly the trap begins to unfold. From the balcony above, a young bounty hunter sets Vader in her sights as she attempts to extract his Jedi weapon with a tractor rifle. Little does she know, this is not the “candy from a baby” situation she was expecting.



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    When Vader’s lightsaber is destroyed in his attempt to retrieve it from the girl, he begins to use the surrounding patrons as a shield against the girl and her partners in crime (her own parents who are also bounty hunters). An ion grenade may have rendered everyone’s weapon ineffective, but the Sith Lord is a weapon in his own right, and the trio don’t stand a chance.



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    It becomes clear to Vader than he had been set up, and he is eager to accuse the Ninth Sister of being a traitor. She denies the accusation but is quick to point out that he is working with former Jedi who all betrayed the Order, so treason would certainly not be a foreign concept to any one of them. Vader orders the Sister to remain where she is (under penalty of death) as he chases after his attackers.



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    When he inevitably catches up to the bounty hunter family, he is desparate to extract whatever information he can from them about the person who hired them for the job. The parents claim that the job was anonymous but that they would help him track down the source if he let their daughter go. Vader agrees but asks for a demonstration of the woman’s ability to slice the network before setting the girl free. She is surprised to find that the encryption was so easily sliced and reveals to Vader that the order actually came straight from the top, implicating you know who in the attack on the Sith Apprentice.



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    This was another really great issue in this series, and Soule continues to give Vader fans a story we’ve all been wanting since Revenge of the Sith. I love the back and forth that is happening constantly with Palpatine as Vader is figuring out just exactly how this master/apprentice relationship with a Sith lord really works. He thought he was being betrayed, but it was just a test, and I love that about old Sheev. He’s always keeping his student honest, and there’s never a dull moment in their relationship.



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    Fans of Soule’s Lando mini-series may remember the bounty hunter Chanath Cha (above), and I was surprised to see her make an appearance in this series (she was the daughter if you haven’t put it together yet). Once I remembered who she was, I suspected Palpatine was the culprit, given his employment of Cha later on when his luxury yacht goes missing (see the Lando series).



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    The best comics to me are the ones that leave you craving the next issue as soon as you turn the last page, and that has been a constant feeling in this series. I recommend this one to any Star Wars fan, especially those who are fans of the Palpatine/Vader dynamic, seeing Vader mow through helpless individuals, or those who just dig a good bar fight (any Roadhouse fans out there?). If you haven’t jumped on the train yet, this is an excellent jumping-on point for the series.


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    Darth Vader #11 is available in your local comic shop now or digitally at Comixology. Until next time, happy reading comic fans!



    Looks like another origin story might be happening in the next issue…Vader’s lightsaber!



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    Soule & Camuncoli are kicking ass with this run. It is becoming clear that this is the best one so far since Disney takeover. If they keep this level of quality, it certainly will be. It seems to me all the quality of all the comics increased over the last few months - at least story wise if not always in art. Maybe they have finally hit their stride.
     
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    Agreed. I really dug all three issues this week.
     
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    The Vader comics have been all excellent thus fur, this run being no exception. Vader gets a worthy story.
     
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    Another great one of the Darth's journey.
     
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    The "New" Darth Vader series are great. This issue is a good start. I am just not sure whether it is indeed Palpatine who set the trap. Palpatine would cover his tracks better. Perhaps someone wants Vader to think that it was Palpatine to create a rift between them.
     
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    Main reason I'm so interested is bar fight :cool:
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up about Chanath Cha, I had missed it.

    The reveal that Sheev was behind the attack, was a little underwhelming for me, but only because we have seen that a couple of times now.
    But maybe it will get a twist.

    Never the less, this remains a very good series, maybe the best to date!
     
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    Given Palpatine's past record (I guess future record in this case actually since the events with Cylo haven't happened yet), I wouldn't be surprised if Palpatine made it so easy to deduce so that Vader would find out it was him. He's trying to teach him how to be a Sith and this is a very Sith thing to do. Palpatine's not gonna hold Vader under the arms while he learns to doggy paddle. He's gonna throw him straight into the pool and force him to come out on top or die in the attempt. Nevertheless, perhaps you are right. It could be a set up to make Vader doubt the Emperor.
     
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    Great review @Hard Case !

    So far this series have been tremendously good. We are learning more about the early days of the Dark Lord of the Sith and one thing I noticed when he got his lightsaber was that it didn't look like the one we knew from him from the OT but well... gone dark or not, this guy was not really careful with his lightsabers.

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    I find the dynamics of the master-apprentice relationship between Sidious and Vader really interesting. We have had several depictions of it from Lords of the Sith to the first Darth Vader comic series where we see the complexity on how these two interact. It was interesting to see how Vader starts cementing his path as apprentice destroying the evidence of Force-sensitive children around the galaxy maybe to avoid years later a potential candidate to take over his place, as he took the place that once belonged to Maul and then to Dooku. (If there was like a prophecy for it, it would be "You'll be apprentice for a time. Then comes another, younger, more powerfull, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear." End of shameless Game of Thrones plug.)

    I'm loving the connections between different series and arcs. It makes it feel that everything is properly tied. Also it is interesting to see how this girl keeps interacting with the Emperor and Vader and how other bounty hunters start working with the Sith as well. (Boba Fett, anyone? Cad Bane?)
     
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    Dang, I need to get caught up on this series! I really need to get caught up on most of the current Star Wars comics, like I haven't even started Doctor Aphra yet.

    Nonetheless, I love this series: I'd say it's probably in my top three canon comics. I'd wager that it has the most connections to other parts of the canon and is interesting in that this has developed Vader more than his other comic did in twice as many issues IMO (not to say that the other Vader comic is bad, I'd say that that too is one of my top three comics). I've always wondered what Anakin's first days of the rest of his life as Darth Vader were like. This series doesn't disappoint!
     
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