Darth Vader is surrounded on all sides by a Rebel ground force – and he believes that his associate, Doctor Aphra, has sent him into a trap on his hunt for Luke Skywalker. Aphra sets off to assist Vader in escaping; fully aware that he’s likely to take down the Rebels himself with no assistance, she’s very keen to ensure that he realises she had nothing to do with his current predicament.

After a strong opening issue, this second part of Vader Down – which was a pretty major crossover for the Star Wars comic line back in 2015 – continues to be an excellent, very satisfying story.

It provided a great look at Vader’s combat prowess and provided further proof as to why he was so feared – a whole year before movie Rogue One pulled off the same trick so effectively.

There’s some really neat character moments here too; particularly the clash between Leia and Han’s priorities in heading out to the planet that Vader has crashed on.

Unfortunately, the art here is nowhere near as good as that found in the opening issue – it’s stiff, overly photo referenced and fairly clunky in places.

Thankfully, the writing shines – this is a brilliant crossover that feels truly cinematic and slots neatly between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back without, so far at least, contradicting any of the events in the movies.

Also: just look at that phenomenal cover!

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