By: Cynthia A.
Star Wars: Dark Times #5
A Spark Remains Part 5
Another great conclusion to the Dark Times Saga! Dark Times delivers a look at the Star Wars Universe right after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Darth Vader is still hunting down the last remaining Jedi who escaped Order 66. Jenir is one of them. Not only that but he wants Vader to find him so that he can bring him down, kill the man who is, in part, responsible for the death of so many lives.
That is what this mini-series was about, Jenir finding his courage and allies as he tries to figure out a way to take out one of the most powerful Force Users in the galaxy. He has no idea of who he is, as those who did know are Yoda and Obi-Wan, all he knows is that this man is a traitor to the Jedi Order, as well as the Force. He knows that he will need help, so through this mini-series, along with friends and hid new girlfriend, he seeks help in stopping Vader. What he didn’t know was that everyone, along with the Jedi comrade he has enlisted to help, has tricked him into keeping the spark of the Jedi alive. That was how it concluded. Jenir’s very existence breeds hope where hope had vanished. And that moment at the end after the unexpected twist, made the story come full circle and made it go out with a bang.
The writing and story development, continuing from the last mini-series, is amazing. The characters and their chemistry with one another is presented very well, captivating. The series is very action oriented and the artist does a spectacular job of showing them, highlighting all the tension, the expressions and struggles that the characters face.
SCRIPT: R. STRADLEY
ARTIST: D. WHEATLEY
COLORS: D. JACKSON
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #1
As an opening issue to a new mini-series and the fact that you have Vader not only on the cover but in the title of the series, one expects more. That is not to say that this was not a good issue, but it was, to be quite honest dull.
Be that as it may, I will stipulate that as a good introductory issue it was good. The writing was solid, introducing the main character well enough, giving us a clear view at his desires and why he hates the Jedi so much. He believes that the Jedi abandoned him, leaving him for dead, and while that may be true, it is probably not true in the way in which he perceived it. But he was a Storm Trooper, a clone who was bred for one purpose, to serve in the world and to be a part of the Order in the Galaxy. That didn’t exactly work out the way he hoped it would as he almost died. But now his own anger has flourished and he is seeking out Lord Vader to join in his ranks and kill off the remaining Jedi.
That right there is a story that has yet to be done before, and while the issue was boring, the premise is sure (hopefully) to deliver a very impactful and thought out story line. It’s intriguing, if not gripping and it will have Lord Vader…we hope. All in all, good, even if it was a bit dull and the characterization is flawless.
SCRIPT: T. SIEDELL
ARTIST: G. GUZMAN
COLORS: M. ATIYEH