The August installment of Marvel’s new venture into the history of the Dark Lord of the Sith promised the confrontation that would award Vader his lightsaber, and it certainly delivered! After losing the first round to exiled Jedi Master, Kirak Infil’a, Vader was left in a state that might defeat any lesser villain. I do love how this comic has painted Vader as a vulnerable, headstrong, and stubborn character that hasn’t yet reached the levels of legendary evil we know him to be. His actions are fueled by unchecked rage that force innovation rather than the precision of a lightsaber.
Master Infil’a assumed he’d defeated the Sith and was preparing to set off on his new mission to rebuild the Jedi Order. At some point it would be neat for Marvel to produce a comic that explores an alternate timeline where he continues with this mission to link up with other Order 66 survivors like Yoda, Obi Wan, and Kanan Jarrus. Alas, Vader survived and came back ready to fight dirty. The comic comes to a head with Vader attacking the Jedi’s sense of nobility rather than another outright physical confrontation. Vader broke a water levee, thus killing scores of innocent people, just to get the edge on Infil’a to take his lightsaber and finish the job. It was a delightfully evil climax which furthered the divide between Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker.
My only complaint is along the same lines I had in my prior review of issue number two – this issue should have been combined with the one the preceded it. Marvel could have combined the first and second then third and fourth issues into two “mega-sized” editions that would have better maintained the tension without sacrificing cohesiveness to the story arch. Regardless, I absolutely adore how Marvel is treating this time period in my all-time favorite character’s history.
My final rating of STAR WARS: Darth Vader #4 by Charles Soule is a 8.8 out of 10.
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The Belligerent Barnes