Written by Tim Midura
and Frank Miller
on Saturday, January 11 2014 and posted in Reviews
Would you survive five days as Darth Vader's assistant?
Beginning a short two issue arc, Five Days of Sith, Star Wars #13, from Dark Horse Comics-written by Brian Wood, penciled by Facundo Percio, inked by Dan Parsons, and colored by Gabe Eltaeb-features a cover by Hugh Fleming of a heavily blue-tinted Darth Vader staring at a hologram of Luke Skywalker. The Five Days of Sith refers to a lowly ensign being promoted to Vader’s special assistant.
Ensign Nanda is recalling her quick promotion through the ranks to assist Vader on a secret mission to discover how a rebel spy such as Colonel Bircher could infiltrate the Empire. Darth Vader’s rampage through the galaxy is in full swing as he disregards The Emperor and kills at will.
Brian Wood is at the top of his game with Darth Vader’s one-track mind. He obsesses over finding the hole in the Empire, allowing Colonel Bircher to slip through. Obi-Wan’s communications with Darth Vader through the force, casting doubt on Vader’s ideas was genius. It shows that Vader is still simply an angry, angsty boy and just a pawn in The Emperor’s plans.
The art team of Facundo Percio and Dan Parsons are on point. Ensign Nanda’s disgust and terror at Darth Vader’s actions are written all over her face. Their cityscapes are expansive, showing the vast scope of each location. Similar to former artist Carlos D’Anda, Percio and Parsons’ spaceships are a sight to behold; a highly detailed ship soaring at lightspeed is a favorite sight. Gabe Eltaeb’s colors are a majority of subdued greys and blues, with an occasional pink and orange, but featuring bright blues when reaching lightspeed.
This issue immediately reminded me of Azzarello and Bermejo’s Joker OGN in the best way: a simple story of a low level baddie narrating their time with the universe’s worst villain. Letterer Michael Heisler’s sound effects were a highlight, with a WHAM! and DOW!, punctuating a head force slammed into a table and a tense blaster suicide, respectively. This is hands down some of the best Star Wars ever, including the movies and entire expanded universe.
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