Out Today: The Wicked + the Divine 20 and Darth Vader 21
We reach the middle of RISING ACTION and we finally get around to explaining how Laura’s still alive. It’s quieter, but I suspect there will be a strong response to this one. On a structuralist level, when I originally conceived this book as 40 issues, having this be issue 20 is very on point. This is the abyss in the middle of the book. Er… there’s a few jokes though. Plus Cassandra’s back, and she’s very much on form.
(It won’t be 40 issues now - we’ll almost certainly be longer)
I feel like most of Vader #25 was just Palpatine regaining control over Vader. Like Palps got Vader to off EVERYONE who wanted to use Vader for their own ends/ was a threat to Palpatine's control over Vader. Like, Cylo, who has a Vader Remote? THROWN INTO A SUN. Tagge, who wanted Vader as HIS killing machine, and compared Vader to a mindless object? STRANGLED TO DEATH. Even Aphra, poor aphra :(, probs the first person to joke around Vader in decades? SHOVED OUT AN AIRLOCK. Like damn.
the end part where palpatine’s congratulating vader on his secrecy and thirst for vengeance definitely read as an abuse tactic, to me.
earlier in the comic, palpatine is seen berating vader and raking him over the coals over the destruction of the death star. vader’s a disappointment and weak and mustafar nearly ruined the empire. but, come #25, vader’s everything palpatine wished for him.
it does ring very clearly of the abuse -> apology part of the cycle, i think.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Juan Gimenez,
John Tyler Christopher
FINAL ISSUE! It has all built up to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids! All comes to fruition in an oversized 40-page issue by the stellar team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! You won’t want to miss this ending!