Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Official Description from Marvel:
Vader’s showdown with Jocasta Nu comes to a startling conclusion! What secret information has the Jedi librarian risked her life to protect? And can she stop Vader from getting it?
Like many issues of this run of the Darth Vader solo series, it kicks off with a bang with very few interruptions in the action. DARTH VADER #10 is the final showdown between Vader and Jocasta Nu and her attempts to flee the Jedi Temple with all the information on children who were labeled force sensitive but have yet to be called to training. Writer Charles Soule keeps this issue full of action and light on explanation but full of complex and detailed storytelling without all the fluff. Soule also adds to the complex relationship between Vader and the Emperor as it still feels like Anakin is still struggling with becoming a true Sith Lord.
Jocasta Nu has equally been made a much more complex and nuanced character and far from how she appeared in the movie prequels. This story arc makes you wish we had seen glimpses of her power and skills in the movies as well. But this showdown is the final encounter between Vader and Jocasta Nu and while the end is no surprise Soule has given us a reason to care and puts a solid bookend to the end of this story arc. While the issue is light in exposition the story is still told with amazing detail through Giuseppe Camuncoli’s art. Each panel is full of detail that fills the gaps where dialogue is light and you never feel like the issue is missing anything when it comes to the overall story.
In the end, it’s left a little ambiguous as to Vader’s true intentions with the information Jocasta Nu was trying to smuggle out of the Jedi library but it’s an interesting wrinkle in Vader’s development as to the true meaning. It also sets up a nice transition into a new story arc. One other nice touch that might get overlooked is how Jocasta Nu refuses to acknowledge Vader as anything other than Anakin Skywalker and how it affects everyone who is still unaware or has very little knowledge of who Darth Vader really is and his role within the Empire. It’s a nice touch as this story is still, at its heart, about Anakin fully becoming Darth Vader.
DARTH VADER #10 is a great final issue in the second story arc and remains the best Star Wars title in the comic book line.