STAR WARS DARTH VADER #6 BY CHARLES SOULE AND GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
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STAR WARS DARTH VADER #6 is the start of a new arc in the Darth Vader series by Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli. We get small glimpses into how Vader's day-to-day life is and are introduced to the Inquisitorius. Vader better be careful.
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Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli, with colors by David Curielhave enhanced the STAR WARS universe. While connecting Episode III and Episode IV, Soule and Camuncoli have found a way to add to the STAR WARS universe and continue to make it larger. By giving room for more creativity, Soule welcomes readers into what makes this Sith Lord-in-training tick. STAR WARS DARTH VADER #6 gives readers small insights and, of course, lightsaber fights that make the ever-growing universe just that much bigger.

Soule has managed to expand on the universe by tying together loose ends and elaborating on the narrative. Camuncoli’s detail-oriented and beautiful art, with Curiel’s eye for color, complement Soule’s writing, creating an enthralling comic. Although STAR WARS DARTH VADER #6 felt too brief, it’s got the action necessary to fulfill any STAR WARS fans’ dream.

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“I see through the lies of the Jedi…”

The story opens with a torn apart Darth Vader suit. The aftermath of the last battle has torn his precious suit into pieces. Although Palpatine suggests getting droids to fix it, he quickly realizes Vader would rather the droids stay away. Using the force, Vader repairs his suit to the standards he sees fit.

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STAR WARS DARTH VADER #6 pg. 5. Image courtesy of Marvel Comics.

As Vader finishes his repairs, there is an unexpected intruder at the Jedi Temple. Vader confronts this intruder with an epic lightsaber battle. The intruder seems to have the upper hand when Vader nonchalantly tells the man “I was simply testing my suit,” then knocks him down. Before dealing the final blow, Palpatine stops Vader and admits to staging the incident to test the repairs to Vader’s suit.

The intruder is introduced as being the Grand Inquisitor. The Grand Inquisitor is part of the Inquisitorius, a group of Jedi hunters who were once Jedi themselves. Turning their backs on the light side, the Inquisitorius now help the Empire by hunting Jedi. Vader is enlisted to train the assassins to find and destroy the Jedi that managed to escape the glorious Jedi purge. Although I would love to know more about the Inquisitorius, I know this is just the beginning.

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I do not fear the dark side as you do…

Giuseppe Camuncoli’s work on the art is absolutely impeccable. The detail that Camuncoli puts into drawing Palpatine, Vader, and the Inquisitor’s skin are grotesque yet fascinating. Yet they are also distinctly different. The lines that Camuncoli uses are complex and varied for each character, creating an entirely different texture. This look is uncomfortable for the reader to look at but is perfect for the characters. It gives the feeling that all of these Empire characters are perhaps not as comfortable in their own skin as they seem.

The lightsaber duel between the Grand Inquisitor and Darth Vader is also fascinating. One of my favorite parts of STAR WARS is the variety of lightsabers that are present. At first, the Inquisitor seems to have a fencing-style lightsaber. As the battle progresses, the Inquisitor becomes frustrated and turns the single blade into a dual blade. The lightsaber gives the Inquisitor an advantage by letting him spin the weapon like a helicopter. Not that it would help him at all. I mean, this is Vader. Who cares what type of lightsaber you have, right?

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STAR WARS DARTH VADER #6 pg. 12. Image courtesy of Marvel Comics.

However, David Curiel enhances Camuncoli’s ideas through his use of colors. His depictions of lightsaber blades in motion are impeccable. Although we can still see Vader clearly through the spinning lightsaber, the red enhances who Vader is becoming: a sith lord. The blues highlight Vader’s dark side radiating from his presence. Curiel’s mix of black with bright colors enhances movements within scenes. There are consistent contrasts between reds and blues as well, which fight for your attention. It highlights everything important within the scene, managing to leave no stone unturned with possibility. Which do you focus more on? The light blues or the stern reds?

“I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.”

Yet the only thing lacking from this comic was more. Through all that we have been given, I wanted more of the story. Although we are just introduced to the Inquisitorius, I wish I could have known more about who they were. We get small cameos in this instant but are left craving to see the full potential of the group. It doesn’t help that the cover foreshadows something ominous.

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STAR WARS DARTH VADER #6: Final Thoughts

The story ends on a cliffhanger. We know finding Jedi that are in hiding is a tricky task. But using new guys that were previously Jedis to try to help you? It seems risky. They were JUST part of the Jedi alliance. Things could definitely go south real quick. But this is Vader we’re talking about; if anyone could destroy the dreams of an ally, it would be Darth Vader.

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