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The Future of the Jedi is Preserved in Marvels Star Wars: Darth Vader #10

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    <p>Written by Charles Soule
    Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli </p>

    <p>Vader’s showdown with Jocasta Nu comes to a startling conclusion! What secret information has the Jedi librarian risked her life to protect? And can she stop Vader from getting it?</p>






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    <p>When we left Jocasta Nu in the last issue, she had used her knowledge of the old Jedi Archives to confront Vader with a hidden weapon. As this issue opens, she is on the offensive. She doesn’t believe that Vader doesn‘t want her dead. Jocasta clearly learned Vader’s true identity from the vault droid, and she sees him as Palpatine’s tool, little better than a droid, set out to destroy the Light Side. But, that is impossible, as she claims, because the Force is eternal, and as long as there is life, there will be the Force. And the Force will find the way.</p>

    <p>Even when Vader dismantles her weapon, Jocasta doesn’t give up. She attempts to blow him up, but manages only to blow a hole in the wall of the former Jedi temple, startling the Clone Troopers outside. With a lightsaber acquired from the archives, Jocasta faces the squadron of her former allies.</p>


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    <p>Eager to contain the Jedi 'traitor', the Clone Troopers on the ground confuse Vader for another Jedi, which earns a broken neck for their Commander and a short reprieve for Jocasta. However, that is not enough, and she is finally overwhelmed by their superior numbers.</p>


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    <p>Faced with Vader and his troops again, Jocasta chooses to trust the Force and end her life, but that choice is taken away from her by Vader. She is brought on board and searched. The only thing in her possession is a memory crystal containing the names of recently born Force sensitive children. One thing is for sure, you have to admire the way Jocasta faces Vader – she isn’t afraid, she calls him ‘boy’, which compared to her age, this newly created monster certainly is.</p>


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    <p>When she reveals to the troopers that they are actually working for Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, Vader deals with it in a truly Vader way.</p>


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    <p>He tells Jocasta that their deaths were her doing. Jocasta demonstrates the arrogance of the Jedi again here (or perhaps she really doesn’t know why the Clone Troopers turned on the Jedi) as she tells him they chose their own path. When she inquires about her own destiny, Vader ignites his lightsaber, and Jocasta accepts her fate.</p>

    <p>Vader crushes the ship and informs Palpatine that Jocasta died in the attempt to escape. When Palpatine asks about what Vader learned from her, Vader destroys the memory crystal and says that he learned nothing.</p>


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    <p>But Jocasta's words to Vader echo through the remaining panels: The Force is eternal. It cannot be ended, it cannot be stopped, not so long as life exists. It will find its vessels. It always does. It already has – you know this. There are others, waiting, out in the galaxy. When the time is right… the Jedi will rise again.</p>

    <p>As her words play over the panels, we see her friend Gar at a secret location watching over the holocrons and Jedi knowledge they had gathered together, waiting for her return. When he is certain that she is not coming back, he destroys the entrance, sealing the secret archive within. But years later, when the time was right, the archives were uncovered, by a newly risen Jedi.</p>


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    <p>Let’s talk first about the star of this story arc (and that certainly wasn’t Darth Vader). Jocasta Nu gained notoriety over the years among the Star Wars fans as an example of Jedi arrogance and hubris: “If an item does not appear in our records, it does not exist.” (Attack of the Clones). Many of us, myself included, thought that she made a dumb decision to confront Inquisitor, thus attracting Vader’s attention. But, over the last two issues Jocasta proved that she was a Jedi through and through. Knowing that she wasn't strong enough to confront Vader, she used her knowledge to her advantage, and even when she lost it, she was fearless. Anyone who calls Vader “boy” to his face is a badass in my book. Additionally, her trust in the Force is unconditional, even in the face of defeat and death. She went out like a champ, and I am glad that Palpatine didn’t get to get his dirty hands on her.</p>

    <p>Speaking of which, Vader’s decision to destroy the memory crystal raises the question: did he do it to secure his future next to his master or did he do it to protect the children? It’s hard to say with this early Vader (and it’s hard to read the feelings behind the mask - even with Camuncoli’s expressive art). But, either way, you have to wonder if some of what Jocasta said to him penetrated through to Anakin beneath.</p>

    <p>But, the most important thing this issue gives us are Jocasta’s words. They resonate through time, from these early Empire days, to Skywalker’s new Jedi, and then right to this new era we were just introduced to in The Last Jedi. When the new Jedi were killed in Luke’s training temple and he cut himself off from the Force, when the Dark started spreading across the galaxy once again, the Force found a way to restore balance. The Force found Rey.</p>


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    <p>I have praised this new Darth Vader run before, but it has to be said again: Soule does an exceptional job. Not only is he giving us an insight to the early days of Vader, but in this issue alone he managed to thematically connect three eras of Star Wars. I enjoy Camunculi’s art as well, the characters are recognizable enough, yet stylized in a way that never takes you out of the story. He does amazing things within limitations that Vader’s mask presents to the artist, doing wonders with reflections, cape and posture to achieve expressiveness.</p>

    <p>What this duo will give us in the future, remains to be seen, but I highly recommend this arc to new readers. Until then, have a glass of your choice in memory of Jocasta Nu.</p>



    <p>This issue gets 8/10 STARS.</p>




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    <p>Written by Charles Soule</p>
    <p>Art and Cover Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli </p>

    <p>An expensive bounty has been put on Vader's head! Who would dare try to challenge the Dark Lord's place in the Empire? </p>




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    Great review, @LadyMusashi !!

    My initial reaction after reading this issue was "WOW". I liked how the three eras of the saga were linked in such a seamless way.

    She's certainly not afraid to face him.

    This makes sense from the point of view of the rest of the canon, where that was not a truth universally acknowledged. We see Tarkin suspecting it, but not knowing it for sure.


    Of course there will be enough material for discussion. However, from the other Darth Vader comic series, I think Vader was trying to prevent another Force-sensitive to be chosen as apprentice by Sidious. By then, I guess Vader was aware of him not being the first apprentice of his master, and how he disposed of them (especially by the beginning of ROTS, when the same Palpatine just discarded Dooku without a second thought).

    And it also makes sense from the canon continuity point of view that The Emperor didn't get his hands on those records. From what we've learned in "Ahsoka", the Inquisitors were basically doing field work looking for any signs of Force-sensitivity around the galaxy being manifested.

    If these comics had any music background, of course the notes of The Force theme would be resonating through the panels. (Or at least it did in my head lol.)

    It was quite endearing to see the panel where we see Luke finding the secret location and the holocrons. I wonder - I haven't yet read "The Legends of Luke Skywalker" which makes me feel awful lol - if there will be another source of canon depicting this specific moment to find the name of the planet and what he did with those holocrons. Especially in light of what we have found in TLJ, where it seems Luke followed the old Jedi ways.

    "The Force found Rey". That's why in some way I think it makes sense she's not related to any of our well-known heroes. But the way you phrase it was way perfect.
     
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    The problem is timeline. In the first Darth Vader run, he did away with the last vestiges of Anakin (burning him in the lava, etc.). This is raw Vader, just off the grill, lol, so he might be more open to interpretation, though I do not disagree with you - that is more likely reading.

    The Force theme is a must, but if you want to get really fancy: Jedi Steps. :D

    I didn't read the Legends either, but I know that this isn't in it - this is an open thread if some other writer wants to follow it. I don't think Luke strictly followed the old ways, he went to different Force 'schools' (that's in Legends, I've read Wookieepedia, lol) and learned from them as well. I think he took the basics and than did his own thing. For one, the way his students are shown in The Art of The Last Jedi: they are all teenagers to very nearly so. He didn't take small kids, that's one big difference.

    "Something inside me has always been there, but now it's awake." As I pointed out to someone today, she was always Force sensitive and we know she was not the only one in the galaxy. She was chosen for the awakening, if you will, once Luke cut himself off from the Force and someone had to stand to Kylo's Dark. The Force found her on the backwater planet, in the middle of wreckage, and chose her. I just love it.
     
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    As a fan of Luke, i had to read the legends of Luke Skywalker asap, I feel bad for not getting around to reading Princess of Alderaan but I will get around to it. thanks for the review. I've got a month of comics to pick up, I drove all the way to my comic shop and they closed early due to the snow... I was sooo upset...:( Soule is bringing back Marvel's Daredevil from obscurity and he is killing it with Vader!
     
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    Good issue, the art has improved tremendously. The climax was a little too predictable + I thought they could get some more out of this story. One complaint -- this series is kind of becoming what GL described as "Vader running around killing people". I'd like to see some different kinds of stories. But this was a good ish, it's one of their strongest titles right now.
     
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    @LadyMusashi - You got a shout-out from Ken Napzok at this week's Jedi Council:
     
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    Thank you. I know, I watched!

    I mentioned in the article about the episode. I was like "did he just...? Yup, he did." :D
     
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    Great review! Also a great story arc and great redemption for Jocusta Nu, AOTC will never be the same again after this issue! Hope they can keep up this quality
     
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