Saturday, April 30, 2016

Star Wars #14 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Now, it's starting to get interesting.

First, Aaron nicely answers the question that has been nagging me for a while, namely how Luke came to Vrogas Vas in the first place.  I was pretty sure that he knew a Jedi Temple existed there, but then it seemed, when "Vader Down" began, like he just happened to be there with a Rebel fleet.  But, no, he confirms in this issue that he knew that it was there, but he didn't know how to find it.  Whew.  Seriously, I thought that I had made up the whole thing.  I'm glad to get that addressed.

Moreover, it turns out the Jedi Temple isn't some dusty collection of statues.  Ben's voice warns Luke that he's not ready to be there, and you have to wonder if it has something to do with the images that he saw a few issues ago.  The place even affects Vader, as he hears quotes from his life.  It's an unfortunate time for Vader to get misty-eyed about the past, though, because he's in a fight to the death with Karbin.  Speaking of Karbin, it's his arrival on the scene earlier in the issue that lets Leia escape from Vader.  Karbin conveniently narrates his plan for Vader, informing us that he intends to kill him and take credit for his destruction of the Rebel base.  (Honestly, it seems like a pretty modest goal.  Couldn't he have just destroyed the base himself, given all the effort that he's expended to get to this point?)  He also sends his troops after Luke, presumably planning to capture him and present him as an added gift to the Emperor.  Luke manages to evade them (thanks to some help from Triple-Zero and Beetee, since they're trying to save him for Vader), but eventually gets caught.  (Of course he does.)  However, it's unclear if it's Vader or Karbin's troops that nab him.

Meanwhile, Chewie and Han fight Black Krrsantan, to little effect.  The issue ends as Threepio is trying to hail Leia, noting that the team's situation "would seem to be rather grim indeed."  Leia's a little busy at the moment, though, since she's got a gun pointed at a distracted Vader.  Next issue should be a hoot!

*** (three of five stars)

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