Last month I discussed how I normally despise Dark Horse’s massive Star Wars machine, churning out title after title with little regard for their quality. I also talked about how every once in a while Dark Horse releases a Star Wars book that exceeds my expectations, delivering a quality story, and that the new series Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison is one of those. After reading the second installment I still hold out hope but I’m unsure whether that hope is misplaced.
Following Darth Vader and protagonist Laurita Tohm’s battle against seditious Imperial cadets from last issue, this time we see Tohm become Vader’s right hand man. With a potentially lethal attack on the Emperor, Tohm and Vader find themselves fighting against both a mutiny and a narrow window within which the Emperor can be saved. Combating a barrage of droids and lethal chemical weapons, Vader and Tohm travel to the now abandoned Jedi Council Chambers from the Star Wars prequels, looking for an answer to their dilemma.
Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t answer any of the questions posed last month; instead, it adds new ones. Maybe I’m just impatient about having these previously posed questions answered and feel these omissions are a little annoying, trying to capture the cliffhanger feel of Vader’s reveal at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. The problem with that is simple: this isn’t The Empire Strikes Back, it’s a limited run Star Wars book, one out of dozens released each year and although some mystery is necessary for a serialized story, giving no answers and expecting me to pay another $3.50 a month from now is asking a lot. Hopefully the book will clear up some of the mysteries it presented in its inaugural issue next month because if it doesn’t I’m giving up.