Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1

Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1 (of 5)

Script: Haden Blackman
Art: Agustin Alessio
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dave Wilkins
Variant Cover Art: Tsuneo Sanda

The graduation celebration for the first class of Imperial cadets is disrupted by a sudden terrorist strike! But the real targets of the attack are the new Emperor and his second in command, Darth Vader. Only one man—a disabled, brilliant cadet who, up until the moment of the attack, was experiencing the best moment of his life—stands ready to fight alongside Vader for the life of his Emperor!

That pretty much does sum up the first comic in this new series but, all in all, in looks to be a promising series. The artwork is very nicely done, evoking the sweeping feel of Coruscant, and the grandiose-but-barren trappings of Palpatine’s new empire.

Since we’re immediately informed that the narrator is Commander Laurita Tohm, we know that Cadet Tohm is going to be surviving (at least until the story’s end). And it’s a nice touch to begin the story through a new graduate’s eyes — a protagonist who is loyal to the Emperor. But with a close read-through, you’re left wondering if the loyalty is really what it seems to be. Blackman does a good job of sowing some subtle seeds of reader doubt right at the beginning as to where Tohm will fall in this intrigue. There are teases that Academy Headmaster Gantis, a hero of the Clone Wars, is not really a loyal Imperialist, and it seems certain that Tohm’s cadet/graduate friends are part of a rebellion. But what you’re left with in the end is that only Darth Vader is who he appears to be.

The story has caught me enough to want to see where this is going next, and I get the feeling we’re not going to be getting a standard story here. For a series starter I’d give it 5 metal bikinis.

Posted by Synlah for Roqoo Depot

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