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Review : Star Wars – Darth Vader And The Lost Command

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I don’t talk about it enough on this site, but I am a die-hard Star Wars fan. The movies are typically the first start for anybody who becomes a fan of the franchise and of science fiction in general. Count the endless amounts of novels, video games, TV shows, and, of course, the comics and you see how its influence has affected generations.

Having not dipped into the Star Wars pool for a while, I decided to check out the latest offering in this hardcover edition delving into more of Darth Vader’s past during the days post-prequel trilogy. Vader is tasked with locating Admiral Tarkin’s son and his forces in the Ghost Nebula. One would think this would be an easy task for a Dark Lord of the Sith, but he encounters the presence of the planet’s religious leader in Lady Saro, who bargains for complete control of the sector in exchange for helping Vader find Tarkin’s son. One betrayal leads to another, which allows the artist to show off the full might of Vader’s power. I don’t usually get this excited for art in a Star Wars book, as it tends not to do anything too special, but the pencils show a bit of a Sean Murphy vibe that I appreciated.

The standout from this series was a look into a future that will never come to be for Vader. During restoration sessions, Vader imagines a world where he was still Anakin, Padme was still alive, and they had their son. It’s not a lot of panels, but it conveys a great ‘What If?’ scenario that plays into how Vader handles his situation as he embarks on a plan to kill Tarkin’s son to push Tarkin himself to become more loyal to the Emperor’s cause. The prequel trilogy may have weakened Vader’s stature as a tough and powerful figure, but give credit to the novel and comics writers for trying to make the most of the situation and trying to build it back up.

Haden Blackman and Rick Leonardi gave us what you would come to expect from a Star Wars story – the continuing battle of good versus evil, space dogfights, great characterization, and great art. I only hope whenever the next movies come out (you know they’ll bring it) that this story be used as a template of how to do Star Wars right.