I had high hopes for this mini series, to be quite honest. The last Darth Vader focused mini series was very well done, and this one seemed like it had potential to be better. Is it? No. In fact, it lacks any sort of cohesiveness and feels basically like a retreading of Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, at least in this issue. At first, it started off as a book about a wealthy man hiring an assassin to kill Vader, and even if the delivery was off in the first issue, at least that was the plot.
But with this issue, we see a plot against the entire Empire unfold. Basically, it’s Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, except with some weird cult taking the place of members of the Imperial military. So, right off the bat, the concept is far less interesting. Also, we see nothing of any of the characters from the first issue, save only Darth Vader. It seems that they were either forgotten or are not the driving force of the story, which is actually sad. The first issue’s biggest fault was that it just made no sense. The rest of the mini series could have redeemed that misfire of an opening issue, but it doesn’t seem that way.
In fact, it seems that the book is only continuing to get worse. None of the characters are interesting at all, least of all Darth Vader. And, unlike Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, his companions consist of two Red Guards, who are forgettable, throw away characters at this point that seem to have no relevance to the story. The story actually could be decent, if it was at all cohesive or well written, which it isn’t. And with all the good Star Wars comics around right now, this is a real let down.