It’s all out war on Mon Cala as the Empire does what it can to gain control over its leader and its people. One might think Vader and the empire have the winning edge with their might, but this aquatic people may have more secrets than they could ever imagine. Charles Soule’s latest issue of Darth Vader delves into that and reveals the hidden Jedi living on Mon Cala.
So what’s it about?
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Why does this matter?
Admiral Ackbar is about all I know of the Mon Calamari so it’s pretty cool to see Soule focusing in on these people in the issue. It’s also exciting to see another Jedi has stayed alive after Vader and his clones took most out of them in Revenge of the Sith.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
It’s war on Mon Cala!
Two points stick out and make this an enjoyable read for Star Wars loyalists. The first is learning about one of the last Jedi and seeing his point of view on the Empire and what can be done to stop them. There’s a specific scene focused on this Jedi and it’s written well given the dire situation he is in. It’s easy to forget there was no Rebel Alliance at the time of this issue so the stakes were even higher. The second point is General Tarkin’s role in the Empire’s strategy. Last issue Soule revealed Tarkin’s commanders and their plans and this issue furthers that along. It’s nice to see it’s not so simple for them and it’s a reminder the Empire is a real army with real people figuring out the moves of their troops.
The scenes with the Jedi are also a nice reminder that maybe Darth Vader and the Emperor didn’t wipe out the Jedi completely in one fell swoop. That maybe a Jedi lived on and trained other Jedi, but it was through the adventures in the comics that reveal reducing them to just Luke Skywalker took years of searching and murdering.
Artist Giuseppe Camuncoli continues to do an admirable job, with the incredible force of water itself being a highlight in this issue. Spaceships and structures all look highly detailed and realistic looking. His take on Tarkin is strong, giving him a younger look yet never losing his steel resolve. Holographic imagery also looks strong with good use of glow and static.
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It can’t be perfect can it?
This is a table setting issue to be sure with characters mostly standing around and talking. Even the opening scene, all out war, has the feeling it’s waiting around for the other shoe to drop. It does in this issue, but it’s foreshadowed so hard it’s not surprising in the slightest. This issue is also biding its time with the Jedi rather than furthering the plot with actions.
Is It Good?
A good issue, but not a great one. It’s biding its time too much as it waits around for the stars to be aligned and the real drama to unfold.