Remember when Star Wars first came out? Yes, Star Wars – people call it “Episode 4” or “A New Hope” these days, but I still know the One That Started It All as Star Wars. Anyway – everyone wanted to be Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia. I wanted to be Darth Vader. Look at him – he’s HUGE. He oozes power. He can Force choke you from across the room. Yeah. Vader was where it was at, for this 6 year-old fangirl.
Dark Horse has been giving me good Star Wars stories for over 20 years, now, starting with Dark Empire back in ’91. This time around, we’re getting a story about the man, the myth, the legend, Vader, and an assassin hired by a grieving father to bring him his head. Because the previous eight couldn’t get the job done. Yeah. That’s gonna happen. Sorry – I defend prematurely.
This book looks GOOD. I mean, really good. Taking place shortly after the first Star Wars movie’s events, we understand that Vader is already established as THE bad guy in the galaxy. Narrated by a businessman whose mining operation is experiencing a ‘contract renegotiation’ with the Empire, we learn pretty early on that he’s got a big reason to want Vader dead, and currency is no object. He retains a pretty scary looking assassin to get the job done for real this time. I’m dying to find out more about him. Tim Seidell is building a nice, solid storyline on top of the established Star Wars universe, and I’m interested in taking the trip back to the galaxy far, far away with him to find out more.
The artwork is amazing. Vader towers menacingly over the other characters, and is portrayed as nimble once he’s swinging a lightsaber – just like you figure a Jedi would be. Because really, did we all think that Vader just glowers in a corner, Force choking people right and left? Come on. He’s a man who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. I love the way Stephen Thompson draws Vader, and I love the way he and inker Mark Irwin bring depth to their images on every page. This would-be assassin looks just as menacing – and even a bit regal – as Lord Vader himself, which piques my interest.
Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin hits your comic book store tomorrow (Wednesday April 17th). Pick it up, check it out – if you’re a Star Wars fan of any stripe, you won’t be disappointed.
Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin#1
Artist: Stephen Thompson
Cover Artist: Ariel Olivetti