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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas | Comics

Even after Galactic Empire is established, rebellion is still formed and Sidious sends Lord Vader to restore order.

From his final moments of encounter with his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi as Anakin Skywalker on the surface of fiery planet Mustafar, Darth Vader was reliving the whole event from an all-new point during his meditation.

The Emperor interrupts by calling him over the comms to his throne room to discuss his plans of establishing the supremacy of the Empire among the galaxy. Vader is asked to visit Mon Cala to thoroughly investigate and teach them a lesson for disobedience if necessary.

Darth Sidious believes that there might still be a surviving Jedi who is advising the King of negotiation tactics and wants his apprentice to check on it while he hands over the military operation aspects to Grand Moff, Wilhuff Tarkin.

As he was discussing possible strategies if they had to engage, Imperial ambassador Telvar was unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a trade deal with King Lee-Char of Mon Cala. When he was leaving, Vader arrived shortly in a Zeta-class shuttle along with his Inquisitors and death troopers.

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas | Comics

Upon being questioned by Admiral Ackbar for their reasons to be here, Vader states to be looking for an enemy of the Empire but Ackbar simply denies any possibility of that only to witness Telvar's shuttle explode. This prompted the invading force and the Dark Lord of Sith to siege Dac City, where Lee-Char is apprehended for interrogation.

Just as their defenses were failing against the Imperial force, two whale-like creatures arose from the bottom of the ocean, creating massive tidal waves that wreck the city.

The Tenth Brother and Ninth Sister of Inquisitors immediately try to shield the wave before Vader joined them but despite their efforts, they all were drowned. Below, he discovers himself under heavy external pressure of water but creates an air bubble around him with Force.

Soon, he is attacked by a squid-like creature that he killed and reached an Imperial submarine. Though the Ninth Sister was able to learn of the whereabouts of the Jedi from Lee-Char, Lord Vader is disappointed at them for failing to kill him.

Meanwhile, the hidden Jedi, Ferren Barr is fascinated about how the Sith has taken control over the galaxy and also reveal his knowledge of Darth Vader actually being former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to his loyal bad of acolytes.

Learning of Vader coming to hunt them down, Barr assembles his followers for a quick evacuation but unfortunately crosses paths with the enemy. Tarkin requests assistance from the Sith Lord in capturing King Lee-Char and it would finally led him to a confrontation with Jedi Barr.

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas

The new monthly ongoing volume of Star Wars spin-off series Darth Vader delves into a new story arc after "Imperial Machine" and "Legacy's End" concludes. Titled "The Burning Seas", the story is collected in issues #13-18 of the series from Marvel Comics in 2018.

Collaborating from beginning, comic-book writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy, Death of Wolverine – The Weapon X Program) and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man) tailored the entire storyline.

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The Jedi Survivor

This is third time in a row that the titular Dark Lord of Sith goes against a lesser known Jedi that possess a threat to the Empire. References to "Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" were mentioned during the story.

A subtle but very important nod to Jedi Purge is also played out brilliantly that brought a new and unexpected twist to story development. The bonus one-part story that comes after the actual conflict between Grand Moff Tarkin and Vader himself in a quest to hunt the latter down.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Star Wars – Darth Vader – Legacy's End | Comics

Following the Jedi Purge, librarian Jocasta Nu took it upon herself to save their legacy while fighting Darth Vader.

Betrayed, beaten, badly burden and completely heartbroken, Anakin Skywalker was left withered and dying on the fiery surface of planet Mustafar by his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi until he was rescued by his new master Darth Sidious.

After patching him up and giving him a new cybernetic suit to contain his body, his master informs him that his wife Padmé is no more and he must choose a path. So, he sent Darth Vader on a quest to retrieve a lightsaber from a Jedi to claim as his own and his apprentice got one by defeating Master Kirak Infil'a on the river moon of Al'doleem.

The Emperor then sent him to the Jedi Temple Archives to deal with an intruder and there he encounters a stranger with red lightsaber. When Vader was about to deliver a finishing blow to him after besting his opponent in combat, Palpatine intervenes.

He reveals to his scholar that the fighter he bested was The Grand Inquisitor and there are several others whom he assembled to hunt down Jedi members. All of them are then placed under Lord Vader's command and their leader informs him of a list of Jedi surviving Order 66.

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – Legacy's End | Comics

The one who topped the list was the Jedi Temple librarian, Jocasta Nu and while The Grand Inquisitor still wonders how she can be a threat to Galactic Empire, Vader decides to pursue her. So, tasking him to fins a connection to her, the Dark Lord of Sith goes to see his master for answers regarding this Jedi librarian.

What he learns that she knows every details from the light side of the force to the dark side as well. Also, she was a guardian of something that can help shape the future of The Empire and so, she needs to be captured alive.

Though most of the Jedi perished during the execution of Order 66, Jocasta Nu somehow survived and now she is recording holocrons to preserve the Order. After summing up a whole collection, she leaves it behind to her assistant Gar for the next generation of Jedi.

However, she insists that there is still something back at Jedi Temple in Coruscant that she needs to get back. Being a Force-sensitive human, she managed her way into the temple by playing mind tricks on Clone troopers on guard to access the archives.

As she secretly enters her former workplace, she goes into a secret vault holding a database containing information on every Force-sensitive child in it. When returning, she engaged The Grand Inquisitor in a fight seeing him disrespecting sacred books of the library and just when he cornered her to finish her off; his lord arrives at the last moment to stop him from doing that.

Darth Vader asks Jocasta Nu to surrender and promises not to harm her but the self-righteous Jedi would rather die than getting caught.

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One-Woman Jedi Order

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – Legacy's End

Following the events of "Revenge of the Sith", viewers only see a completely reformed Anakin Skywalker next in "A New Hope". "Legacy's End" is collected in issues #7-12 of the second monthly ongoing volume of Star Wars spin-off series Darth Vader from Marvel Comics in 2017.

What happened in between was explored never before and so, comic-book writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy, Death of Wolverine – The Weapon X Program) and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man) were brought on board to dig out Vader's mysterious past.

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The Dying Light

The new creative-duo behind the story decides to shed some light on a character from Prequel Trilogy as well as The Clone Wars. The Jedi librarian of Jedi Archives, Jocasta Nu first appeared on "Attack of the Clones" and was portrayed by Alethea McGrath.

Though her role in her debut media was relatively short, this story does some justice to her lesser known character by revealing what greater task she was burdened with during the Jedi Purge. Much like previous storyline "Imperial Machine", this book also gives a slight glimpse of Vader's change of heart.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Astonishing X-Men – Life of X | Comics

When world's most powerful telepaths are attacked by an unforeseen enemy, the X-Men enter astral plane to confront it.

Mutants around the world with psychic abilities are suddenly being attacked and they starts dying but just because most of them secluded themselves from the rest, these deaths gone unnoticed at the very beginning.

When it attacked Betsy Braddock AKA Psylocke when she was in London, she sent out a distress psychic call to fellow mutants that reached out to Angel, Bishop, Gambit, Fantomex, Old Man Logan and Rogue who were coincidentally in close range for various different reasons of their own. Betsy's psychic manifestation took shape of a giant butterfly over The Shard building.

Soon, Logan and Rogue arrives in Blackbird with the latter decides to fly to Betsy for aiding her. As she reaches near, Psylocke's psychic blades starts attacking as a defense mechanism and when they came back around, Angel comes following to save Rogue by shielding her with his wings.

Logan tries to divert rest of the blades towards him from Gambit, Fantomex and the crowd of London. When Bishop arrives too, Rogue asks him to get rid of the energy she's about to absorb from Psylocke which has infected her. With some effort, they managed to do that and apparently saved the day for that moment.

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Astonishing X-Men – Life of X | Comics

Original X-Men member Beast also arrives on the spot to everyone's surprise as he has received the distress psychic call too. Psylocke reveals that the powerful mutant Amahl Farouk is back as the Shadow King once again and he want all of them, so that he can crawl back to real-world and infect it's populace with his poison.

She suggests that they travel to the Astral Plane to fight Shadow King and make sure that he never steps into our world. Otherwise, he will strike at psychics like Emma Frost, Jean Grey, Quentin Quire and Stepford Cuckoos next to make them his mind-slaves.

Logan voluntarily agrees to go inside since he already spent many years in his own timeline to fight the menacing Shadow King. The rest of them followed him as Angel stays behind to aid Betsy just in case and to make sure his Archangel persona stays in check.

Bishop wanted to better the odds if one of their friends wakes up as Farouk's pawn by staying with Betsy and Warren. Just as they entered the Astral Plane, Shadow King senses their presence almost immediately and prepares himself as well as a special prisoner of his for a game with the lives of these X-Men.

Inside, they discover themselves as audience in a theater for a play about their lives but Logan realizes that something weird is going on and he ended up killing a zombie-version of Jean Grey, which triggered other characters present to attack the X-Men.

During their fight, Logan deduces that Hank McCoy among them is actually one of their old enemies, the mutant shape-shifter Mystique just by observing her movements. They all willingly enter three psychic doors presented to them when they realized that someone aside from Farouk is on Astral Plane is secretly helping them.

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Psychic Horror Show

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Astonishing X-Men – Life of X

The fourth monthly ongoing volume of Astonishing X-Men is launched and it begins with the six-part long "Life of X" storyline from Marvel Comics in 2018, which collected issues #01-06 of the series.

To pen out this one, comic-book writer Charles Soule (Civil War II, Death of Wolverine) was hired and he received assistance from artists Carlos Pacheco (Fantastic Four, Inhumans), Ed McGuinness (Deadpool, Guardians of The Galaxy), Jim Cheung (Avengers – The Children's Crusade, New Avengers – Illuminati), Mike Del Mundo (Elektra – Bloodlines, Elektra – Reverence) and Mike Deodato Jr. (New Avengers, Secret Avengers), who helped with cover art and illustrations.

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Web of Shadow King

"Life of X" reassembles many of the former X-Men members as well as outcasts like Fantomex and Mystique, both of whom either worked with the team or any of the team members previously on occasion.

Plus, this one brings one of the oldest villains Shadow King that these mutant superheroes have faced many times on their earlier days and a long-deceased character back again. Even though the ending of the story is portrayed like a conclusion, for some weird reasons, it still feels like a mild cliffhanger though.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Star Wars – Darth Vader – Imperial Machine | Comics

Before he became the fearsome Dark Lord of Sith, Darth Vader took a journey for his legendary red lightsaber.

Right after his transforming into Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker was defeated and his disfigured body was left on volcanic planet Mustafar by his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Darth Sidious then came to retrieve his burnt body and placed it in a cybernetic suit to save his life at that moment.

As he gained consciousness, Vader learns that his wife Padmé is no more and now he is left with pain and rage in his life. Palpatine asks him whether he wants to live with this pain or just simply die and Anakin expresses his wish to live only to be struck by his masters' powerful Force-lightning.

Palpatine asks Vader to defend himself with his lightsaber but he states that he has already lost it on Mustafar. After warning him never to touch him again with the Force, Sidious suggests that Vader let go of his personal vendetta and peruse serving Galactic Empire for greater good.

He explains to his apprentice how both Jedi and Sith have different color of lightsaber and how to turn one into red. He drops Lord Vader on a desert planet of Mid Rim to set on a journey to find out a Jedi and take his lightsaber from him.

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – Imperial Machine | Comics

Darth Vader goes looking for his ship to reclaim it from a group of pirates that was prepared for him by The Emperor and was stolen earlier. He visits a nearby Jedi outpost on Brighthome for some information he needed to start his quest, which was guarded by clone troopers.

He killed them all for blowing off some steam instead of providing them security codes to pass. Vader looked for any Jedi who have taken the Barash vow before Order 66 and found it in Jedi Master Kirak Infil'a who is residing on river moon of Al'doleem.

Master Infil'a has already sensed that a Dark Lord of Sith is coming for him and as soon as Vader sees him, he unsuccessfully tries to Force choke Infil'a, who threw him off balance by hitting him with a Force blast in counter attack. The Jedi invited The Dark Lord on top of mountain before unleashing currents of a river flowing on him.

Cutting a way through using the Force, Vader conquered all obstacles thrown at him and eventually confronted the seasoned Jedi Master in a brief battle. He is quickly defeated by Master Infil'a and then gets thrown from top of the mountain.

Vader reassembles his cybernetic body with scrap parts using the Force to face Master Infil'a in a final battle this time. Thinking the Sith Lord has finally perished, Infil'a was preparing to go on a hunt for Vader's true master to put an end to Sith but then he realized that his enemy has survived somehow.

Now, Vader challenges the Jedi Master once again and fought him with ruthless efficiency. Once he is done, he still has to bleed the kyber crystal he took out from the fallen Jedi's lightsaber to complete his weapon for a few more tasks left to complete for his master.

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Pain and Rage

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – Imperial Machine

The second monthly ongoing volume of Darth Vader starts publishing from Marvel Comics in 2017 and first story arc of the series is titled "Imperial Machine". The story contains issues #01-06 from Star Wars spin-off series featuring Vader and is set almost immediately after the events of "Revenge of the Sith".

Renowned comic-book writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy, Death of Wolverine – The Weapon X Program) was tasked to form this plot and he was aided by artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man) to portray his visions.

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The Lost Jedi Master

"Imperial Machine" features a self-exiled Jedi Master named Kirak Infil'a, whom many has never even heard of and he is the first Jedi that Vader has fought right after his body was encased in a cybernetic suit. Also, this story explores an interesting theme on colors of the lightsaber that Jedi or Sith wields.

When Vader was trying to corrupt kyber crystal within the lightsaber he took from Infil'a, it showed him a different reality of what could've actually happened but The Dark Lord of Sith refuses that idea and sticked to his vengeful path.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Superman – Doomed | Comics

As Superman started dating Wonder Woman now (The Villain's Journey), the media has already dubbed them as the “Power Couple” of the world. Following their recent battle with Kryptonian despot Dru-Zod and his follower Faora that ended up in a massive nuclear blast, both of them head off to heal themselves and a mysterious being of unimaginable brute force unleashes its nonsensical murdering rampage by killing whomever it faces in somewhere else.

Since its kill count is growing rapidly and anyone sent to the zone is dying from radiation exposure it exerts, the military calls up for Superman's help. Meanwhile, reporter Lois Lane goes to Smallville for investigating a case of citizens falling into a sudden coma like state. The Justice League finds out that the murderous being known as Doomsday is actually seeking Superman and Lex Luthor suggests he can save the planet by taking the monster along with him out of the world.

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Superman – Doomed | Comics

Agreeing to this, Superman faces Doomsday in a deadly battle for one last time where he eventually kills him using sheer force. However, in doing so by ripping the creature in half, he also absorbs all of the exposure of toxic radiation by inhaling it all that the beast had released upon dying and he then slowly started to change like a Doomsday-like being. Not only he changed in the outside, Clark has totally lost his mild-mannered attitude and becomes more and more aggressive.

Worried for Clark’s well being and a sudden change of behavior, Diana sought their mutual friend Batman out for help and together, they visit the Phantom Zone for answers. Seeing his grotesque appearance and growing bestial nature, Superman surrenders himself to the authorities but even they deemed it impossible to contain him at one point when he becomes the "SuperDoom" creature. A recent attack from Metallo renders him weak, so Wonder Woman took him to outer space to figure a way out.

As Superman turns into a hulking being resembled to Doomsday, his cousin and newest Red Lantern member Supergirl and close friend Steel also came for aid while Brainiac keeps playing with the situation from behind the scene like a mastermind. When he finally shows up with Cyborg Superman and his armada to invade Earth, it appears that he has been controlling Lois Lane all along.

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Prelude:

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Borrowing elements from the iconic "The Death of Superman" story, writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, World War Hulk), Charles Soule (New Gods – Godhead, Swamp Thing – New 52) and Scott Lobdell (The Darkness, WildC.A.T.s) has put together the grudge match of the two most powerful Kryptonians in “Superman – Doomed” crossover event in 2014 from DC Comics. Unlike the original milestone event where the Man of Steel seemingly faces his demise, this one actually ventures into a different dive of ideas by the creators which contains some twists as well.

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Rise of an Abomination

Artist Ken Lashley, Aaron Kuder (The Amory Wars, Key of Z), Scott Kolins (Legion of Superheroes, Superman/Batman) and Tony Daniel (Deathstroke – New 52, The Savage Hawkman – Darkness Rising) joined forces with these visionary storytellers to envision the results in several monthly ongoing series including Action Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman/Superman and Supergirl of The New 52. "Superman – Doomed" is one of the first among the many story-arcs that will slowly led Superman of the Prime Earth to the events of "The Final Days of Superman".
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