Written by Chris Micieli
Cover Rank: 6.5/10
I like this cover, but I don’t love it. It would have made more sense if the covers from issue #6 and #7 were switched. Vader did more training of the Inquisitors in the last issue than this one, and the Grand Inquisitor cover of issue #6 would have been more fitting for what issue #7 presents. It’s still a cool cover however. When you fill a page with lightsabers it’s never a bad thing.
Best Variant Issue:
If you find one, let me know.
What I Like:
We are finally hitting our stride with the latest Vader series. The first story arc dealt with what happened immediately after the events of Revenge of the Sith, which involved the Emperor tasking Vader with finding a Kyber Crystal for his new Sith saber. It was entertaining enough, but we knew the end result there. We knew Vader would end up finding the crystal and eventually wielding his legendary saber. How he got it was somewhat interesting, but I think most fans were excited to read about what happened right after episode 3 concluded.
With that story arc out of the way, the writers of the series can really dig into what they have been wanting to get too with this comic. The Emperor’s new Inquisitorious Program. Palpatine puts Vader in charge of training the Inquisitors, a group of once light side soldiers now turned dark. They are given but one task; find the Jedi who survived Order 66 and kill them. There’s some good back and forth banter between Vader and the Grand Inquisitor but once they find common ground the story really picks up. The Emperor has a list of Jedi he believes survived the order and the first one they are after is Jocasta Nu. If she sounds familiar to you, you might remember her as the keeper of the Jedi Temple. She’s old but knows much and the Emperor wants her dead before anyone else on the list is dealt with.
If you remind yourself these events are still very close to the moment Anakin turned to the dark side, it makes it all the more unsettling that he is now all in with seeking out and killing the remaining members of what he used to be only a short time ago.
What I didn’t like:
Anyone else wondering why Obi Wan and Yoda aren’t the first ones on the Emperor’s list? You know Vader wants more of Obi Wan, and the Emperor knows full well Yoda made it out alive. Maybe you need to take care of the “smaller” Jedi before stepping up to the big leagues?
Right off the bat we see Vader training one of the Inquisitors, and he’s just lopped off one of their arms. The first line of the book is Vader looking down at him stating “It’s only an arm”. Ruthless.
We were led to believe the Emperor wants Jocasta Nu dead since that’s the plan of the Inquisitorious Program, but we find out he has other plans for her. He doesn’t want her dead, he wants her alive and she’s putting herself into harm’s way in attempting to start up a new school. So instead of it being a seek and destroy mission for Vader it’s now a search and rescue.
What I’m Looking Forward To:
This list of Jedi the Emperor has that he wants dead will be everything. I wasn’t expecting a huge name to be front and center right from the get go, but if you aren’t excited to see what names are on this list then you just aren’t a Star Wars fan.
on a couple pages is a hologram of the list in question, I took the liberty to decode the letters to see exactly who is on the list. If they stick with finding the Jedi named here, Star Wars fans will be happy.