With Leia having run into Darth Vader, she sees the opportunity to end him once and for all, calling in an airstrike on her position. Han, Chewie and Luke desperately try to rescue her from her own suicidal plan, but they have to deal with wookiee bounty hunter, Krrsantan.

Despite the completely disingenuous cover – depicting something that definitely doesn’t happen in this issue – this is another fun, exciting chapter in the Vader Down crossover.

There’s plenty going on, even if the main story remains pretty small scale and doesn’t progress a great deal; a few interesting characters, Krrsantan included, get some excellent moments too.

Salvador Larroca’s art is all over the place, however. His creature work is great, but when he’s so reliant on photo reference for the human characters, it can often look pretty lazily, even awkwardly, drawn.

I’m really enjoying revisiting this now eight year old story, however. It’s refreshing to read a Star Wars tie in comic that needs little in the way of knowledge beyond the movies themselves, though the cliffhanger features a character from comic continuity that I must have completely forgotten – I had zero clue who it was, though they make a striking visual impact at least.

As Star Wars comics go, Vader Down is a perfect read for the more casual fan who’s familiar with the movies, but not the comic books themselves.

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