by Victoria Irwin
With Palpatine declaring himself emperor, the Jedi are in danger; the Dark Times. Darth Vader is searching the galaxy for the remaining Jedi so that he may purge them. Dass Jennir and Beygh Sahdett have found a third Jedi, Master Kai Huddora. Huddora had gone into hiding so that he would not die at the hands of the Empire. Jennifer and Sahdett are trying to lure Darth Vader to their location to defeat him with three Jedi. Unfortunately, Sahdett is working for the Empire. Jennir and Huddora find themselves facing Sahdett in a light saber battle. The battle rages on, sending the group through a window and into a crowd of residents. Back on Corsucant, the Emperor is making plans for Darth Vader. Darth Vader has already made preparations for a craft for the empire. With Sahdett now subdued by Huddora and Jennir, he explains his reasons for joining the Empire.
Though starting at part three, I was easily able to follow the sequences in the comic. Most of the issue was one large fight sequence without much dialogue. Randy Stradley’s script seemed more like it was being used for a film’s storyboard than for a comic book issue. Douglas Wheatley’s art features heavily in this issue. He has several types of life forms to illustrate while still deftly creating fight sequences that are worthy of a film sequence. Jennir wears a uniform similar to that of a Star Fleet officer from Star Trek for most of the issue. Sahdett is praying mantis-like, giving him an extra touch of inhumanity that serves him well as one aligned with the empire. Dan Jackson works with Wheatley’s art, giving enough color to show a dark story with well highlighted heroes.
Darkhorse keeps the Star Wars franchise alive without the interference of Disney. The comics continue to build a bridge between the prequels and the original series.