Monday, August 13, 2018

Darth Vader #19 Review - Marvel Monday

Baby Blues

Written by: Charles Soule
Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Finishes: Daniele Orlandini
Colors: David Curiel
Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna
Published by: Marvel Star Wars
Publication Date: 8 August 2018

Oh geez. After the mild trauma of Chuck Wendig's canon busting atrocity in the Darth Vader Annual, it is with some relief that normal service is resumed, with the return of Mr. Soule. I think we can all rest assured, without pre-empting the outcome of this review, that it will be a step up in quality and a more enjoyable experience for all concerned.

This is a really top quality issue of what is already a good series. Soule's storytelling here is so swift. The premise is simple, the hunt for stray Jedi continues and we arrive at the book just as Vader and the Inquisitor hit squad arrive on the planet. Their quarry is with his wife and newborn (or more accurately just born). The beauty of this issue is that as a reader you are immediately fretting for the safety of the ex-Jedi, his wife, and the baby. Soule toys with us and there is a particularly heartbreaking scene in this issue. The sheer totalitarian nature of the Empire's reign in this period is made clear in this issue.

The art is stunning. First of all the cover from Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti is simply stunning with its echoes of the classic Star Wars poster (from back when A New Hope was just Star Wars!). The interior work is just as good though - it captures a fluidity and momentum in the action scenes, the facial work, by contrast, is invested with emotion, reflecting the character's thoughts clearly and the conflict between their feelings and their dialogue.

Bits and Pieces:

This book is of a top standard. Classic Star Wars like we used to get, and the main man Skywalker, Snr. is on top villainous form. Well done to all involved including an editorial team that finally seems to get the standard that is expected.


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