This is more excellent work from Pak. One of the things I’ve always loved about the Star Wars books and comics is their ability to take relatively obscure characters we only got a glimpse of in the movies and flesh them out into interesting characters with fully formed lives of their own. This issue does that with Chancellor Palpatine’s Umbaran aide, Sly Moore.
The force sensitive Sly has been trying to assassinate Darth Vader, presumably so that she might take his place as Palpatine’s apprentice, and her most recent unsuccessful attempt has led to her being demoted. Yet another attempt on Vader’s life results in her decision to try and work with him, by attending Crimson Dawn’s auction for Han Solo. But, as ever, Vader is one step ahead of her and is clearly manipulating the whole situation for his own ends.
It’s a good decision to give us another character from within the Emperor’s inner circle to view Vader through. Usually we see him from the point of view of his enemies, but rarely from a rival. Not that Moore is anywhere near Vader’s league!
Pak continues to find new and interesting ways to explore the character of Darth Vader, which is a huge challenge considering the almost countless movies, TV shows, novels and comics that have been written about him over the years.
The art, by Raffaele Ienco, is the usual high standard we’ve come to expect from this book.
All in all this is an excellent comic in what has, so far, been a truly outstanding run.
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