Darth Vader #17
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Finishes by Daniele Orlandini
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Ferren Barr and his apprentice find themselves trapped and surrounded by clone troops and agents of Darth Vader until Barr does something clever to escape. It’s a simple ruse, but highly effective given the circumstances. As they escape, he drops some names of surviving Jedi in hopes of finding others who have survived.
Sixth Sister decides to take a pretty brutal path to survive, one that leaves someone behind as she continues the hunt. At the same time, Vader is making his way to the royal command bunker to capture the king of Mon Cala. When he finds the king, he alerts Tarkin who decides to give one of his many brutal lessons to one of Mon Cala’s cities. As the Empire continues to bombard the planet, Barr confronts Vader and the two fight for the fate of the planet.
It’s a really interesting narrative Soule is putting forth in this issue. One wants to believe that the Jedi are the pure good counterbalance to Vader and the Empire, but there is something to Barr that puts Lee Char in an awkward position and challenges his faith in the Jedi master and his plan, especially when Tarkin’s actions become more and more brutal.
I loved the layers that this issue brought to the overall story of Star Wars as well as Vader. It was interesting to see both the brutality of the Empire at play as well as a sense of indifference that seemed to be coming from Barr. It’s one of those stories that is challenging to the reader as well as fans of the world of Star Wars and I enjoyed the challenge. Camuncoli’s art is awesome as well and the details in each panel are a treat to the reader.