David and Casey reveal their full predictions for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Part 3 of 3.
David sits down with Russell, Cody and Anthony to discuss their expectations, thoughts, concerns and predictions for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Part 2 of 3.
Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli
As the threat of the Jedi continues to menace the fledgling Empire, Vader finds himself on the trail of Jedi his master has commanded him…to keep alive?
Darth Vader is walking a tightrope between who he’ll become and who he is and clearly not operating within his normal black and white prism, while Jocasta Nu is becoming an unlikely hero of the story. Darth Vader #9 is part 3 of “The Dying Light” and we have reached the point where Nu now finally comes face-to-face with Vader. Prior to that meeting, Jocasta has her own face-to-face with the Grand Inquisitor in the Jedi Temple Archives.
Writer Charles Soule keeps this issue action packed almost from page one with plenty of talk of traitorous action against the Jedi between the clashing lightsaber blades. Soule’s treatment of Jocasta’s inability to walk away from letting the Grand Inquisitor defile the sacred temple was the emotional response readers probably felt right before Jocasta made her attack. It’s a slight deviation from the Jedi’s mostly stoic demeanor but felt just right under these circumstances. The amount of backstory we get during their fight will be a treat for readers and a deeper look into who the Grand Inquisitor was and why he became who he is now.
The battle is mapped out beautifully and the action is face paced but easy to follow thanks to the art of Giuseppe Camuncoli. His ability to render a top-notch fight sequence is almost unmatched and here is outstanding. Once Vader makes his appearance it turns the story and readers assumptions upside down. Soule’s dialogue when Jocasta describes her understanding of who Vader is and how she can feel the dark side pouring off him is as poetic as it is dark and uncompromising. When she realizes that it’s Anakin Skywalker under Vader’s helmet she knows something very bad is happening and something desperate must be done to stop it.
Soule’s solution to Jocasta’s actions was quite unexpected and puts the idea of the Jedi Temple’s archives in a new light and certainly a new direction. By the time you reach the final few pages you feel like you need to read this issue a second time. There’s so much happening and you don’t have time to catch your breath. In the end, Jocasta breaks out a new weapon and its power is unlike anything, at least stylistically, I’ve ever seen in the Star Wars universe before. This was another stellar issue of Darth Vader from Soule and Camuncoli. I hope if they do a Vader stand-alone film they base it off this series. It’s that good.
David and Casey prepare for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by discussing their expectations for the film. They also talk about the other stories that take place between Episodes VI and VIII. Part 1 of 3.
David and Casey discuss a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and review the mid-season finale of Star Wars Rebels. Then they breakdown the newly released Battlefront II campaign.
David and Casey discuss a mountain of topics. First they talk about the new TV spot for The Last Jedi ‘Awake’, the newly released international poster and 6 episodes of Star Wars Rebels. Then they discuss Hera’s appearance on Endor in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, the new Battlefront II campaign trailer and the report of a live action TV series in development. They finish up with the big news of Rian Johnson being hired to create a new Star Wars trilogy by speculating when these new films could take place and who might be in them.
Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Official Description from Marvel:
LEGACY’S END BEGINS! As Vader takes his place in command of the Emperor’s secret Inquisitorius Program, he sets his sights on one of the most dangerous Jedi remaining alive…and it’s not who you’d expect.
DARTH VADER #7 begins part one of “The Dying Light” and it seems only fitting as Vader along with the Grand Inquisitor are out to snuff out any last remaining Jedi. Writer Charles Soule gets readers reacquainted with a Jedi we don’t have much information about. Jocosta Nu was last seen on the big screen as the lead archivist for the Jedi Order and now also she is departing her ever vast knowledge to Jedi Holocrons. Jocosta was never seen as a threat in the movies but in Vader #7 proves that her knowledge is one of the most powerful weapons against the Emperor and the Empire. Soule does a remarkable job fleshing out her story and taking the frail librarian to Jedi badass!
Meanwhile, Vader is dishing out his own lessons of cruelty and loss to the Inquisitors. Vader is teaching painful lessons to his new recruits and Soule continues to make his villainy ever growing. Soule has a death grip on Vader and his motivations and takes him to a whole new level. And unlike the earlier issues of Vader where Soule used dialogue and exposition sparingly, it’s not in short supply here. There’s a lot of explaining that needs to be done here between Vader and the Emperor, Vader and the Grand Inquisitor and Jocosta and Gar. It’s certainly not too much because this is setting up a whole new chapter in the series.
Getting an inside perspective on Jocosta and what her long-range plans are made for an even better story and Soule lays out a bigger mystery that keeps readers and Vader guessing. The big picture feels enormous now and we are all still in the dark. Giuseppe Camuncoli artwork continues to be stellar and he jumps fluidly from Coruscant to the outer reaches of Jocosta’s hideaway. Readers are never at a loss for their location and it never feels jarring or rushed. Camuncoli has the look, feel and consistency that will please any Star Wars fan.
Darth Vader #7 is a great jumping off point for this new storyline and the intrigue and mystery that Soule lays out is what continues to make Vader the standout of the Star Wars line of books. A great jumping on point for new readers and a stellar addition for long-time readers. I highly recommend picking up this issue and if you are a newcomer pick up all the books leading up to this. You won’t be disappointed!
David, Casey and Russell talk more about The Last Jedi trailer and the poster. Then they review the season 4 premiere of Star Wars Rebels, Captain Phasma #3 and #4 and the Leia novel. They finish up with their thoughts on the revealed title for the Han Solo film.
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #13
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Penciler: Kev Walker
Doctor Aphra’s had a plan to auction off an artificial Jedi intelligence in order to make some major credits. Unfortunately, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan… Darth Vader is back, and our rogue archaeologist is less dead than he thought he had left her. less
I have loved the Doctor Aphra series and it’s well worth reading. But as much as I have loved it I have to say that issue #13 doesn’t quite fall into that category. I like the issue, I just didn’t love it. It certainly is a good issue and writer Kieron Gillen continues to maintain the level of quality of the story. Vader is back and his battle with the ancient Jedi consciousness Rur is the standout moment of the issue. Artist Kev Walker also continues the high-quality art and again especially during the Vader/Rur fight.
The reason this issue didn’t earn the highest marks from me is that the book is a wrap-up issue. It concludes everyone’s storylines, sends them on their way and gives the reader a glimpse of what is next. While that’s all fine and good it just doesn’t elicit the excitement and action of what came before it. There’s a perfectly good reason to do this and honestly outside of a mini-series most books don’t go to this level to tidy up the house before moving on is such a definitive manner.
On the plus side, it is nice to see a conclusion to the many different plot lines Gillen has been juggling since Aphra first acquired the Rur crystal, running through the crossover The Screaming Citadel and wrapping up with a semi-confrontation with Vader. “Semi” meaning to simply hide from Vader. This is where the one single disappointment lies in the final two issues with Vader. With Vader distracted by Rur and then becoming a goal for Vader, it left no time for a final face-to-face with Aphra. Vader only senses her presence and ultimately abandons any confrontation chalking it up to being able to “losing some of the smaller fish” in light of a bigger prize. With all the storylines being wrapped up nicely this is the one that’s left unfulfilled and it would have been nice to see a final moment between the two.
But seeing the final punctuations on the stories of Black Krrsantan, Triple Zero and BeeTee, Vader and the Emperor was a nice touch. Gillen tops off the stories with Aphra on a vacation but not before we see her, mirroring Han Solo, by doing the right thing with all the artifacts she has been collecting. She may be a “scoundrel” of sorts but still maintains a sense of right and wrong at the appropriate times. Gillen sets-up Aphra with a clean slate moving forward but quickly reminds us of Aphra’s self-preserving side by shooting first and asking questions later, just like Han.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #13 is not a bust and for some will satisfy the curiosity of how the smaller players are moving on. But a final Vader/Aphra scene would have gone a long way to elevating this book to a higher level that the majority of this series has been on from the beginning.
David and Casey celebrate their 200th episode by dedicating the entire show to breaking down the full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And they’re not alone. The guys are joined by guests Chad, Jeb, Anthony, Cody and newcomer Samantha Luse.