jeudi 28 août 2014

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows by Tim Siedell


When Hock, a former clone trooper left for dead during the Clone Wars, hears of a great warrior, he decides to seek him out and enter his service. Motivated by a powerful hatred for the Jedi he feels abandoned him, Hock wants nothing more than to come to the attention of the Emperor’s lieutenant, Darth Vader. Called into battle during a mission against a group of remnant Separatists, Hock finds himself fighting side by side with the dark warrior, a battle that will finally lay his own ghosts to rest…

A small graphic novel, Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows is a bit of a dull dud as far as I was concerned. Focused on a former clone trooper, disillusioned and broken by the events of the Clone Wars, the comic mini-series follows Hock as he fights his way back into the imperial army, determined to place himself in Vader’s service. As such – and despite the graphic novel’s title – Darth Vader is only seen in brief glimpses: the majority of the storyline is devoted to flashbacks of Hock’s time in the clone army and what brought him to his hatred of the Jedi and the separatists. Unfortunately, Hock’s story just wasn’t that interesting. Beyond a nice twist to the separatist/rebel idea, the novel did not bring anything new to the Star Wars universe. While the artwork was ok, there were no moments that stood out. A quick read, Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows was far away from being a must read.

I gave Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows 2 stars.

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