Darth Vader #6 Review: Darth Vader Versus Grand Inquisitor

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Darth Vader #6 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Francesco Mattina
Darth Vader #6 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Francesco Mattina

Darth Vader has been wounded in his most recent missions, but the Emperor allows no time for rest and recovery. As such, Lord Vader immediately sets about repairing his suit.

Meanwhile, a mysterious figure enters the Jedi Temple, searching for the grand library. Vader detects this and seeks out this intruder.

As you could see from the cover, this intruder is Grand Inquisitor. The two have an intense duel.

Charles Soule accomplishes some skillfully subtle characterization of Darth Vader in the beginning to this comic. Emperor Palpatine offers to repair Vader's suit for him, but he senses Vader's frustration with that proposition. Knowing that Vader was once a skilled engineer, he allows Vader to take care of it himself.

It's a small thing, but it does call back to how controlling Anakin Skywalker was in his days before becoming Darth Vader.

The fight between Vader and the Grand Inquisitor is quite good. There is a lot of kinetic energy and elaborate swordplay in the course of the battle. Vader gets to show off his strength, and the Inquisitor gets to show off his crazy-ass, spinning, double-bladed lightsaber.

The Emperor's scheming, as you may suspect, is behind all of this, and his heartlessness and apathy for his followers are on full display in this issue.

Darth Vader #6 art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and David Curiel
Darth Vader #6 art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and David Curiel

Giuseppe Camuncoli's artwork is solid throughout much of the issue. As I said above, his depiction of the fight scene is great, and he is particularly skilled at showing facial expressions. However, there are times where a relatively small draw distance is used as a reason to cut down on detail. This is disappointing and is reminiscent of some of the underwhelming artwork which turned me off to X-Men: Gold. However, Camuncoli's work isn't that far downhill.

David Curiel's color work is appropriately dark and foreboding in this issue, and it looks great. The vibrancy of the lightsaber blades can flash even more in that atmosphere.

Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli's Darth Vader continues to live up to the legacy of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's left behind. It's character-focused, intense, and fantastically bleak. It's a great book and well worth your time. Give it a try.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.