Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:
Doctor Aphra #9
Darth Vader #3
New Super-Man #13
Spider-Men II #1
Bug! The Adventures of Forager #3
Kaijumax: Season Three #1
Black Cloud #4
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22
Deadly Class #29
Kill or be Killed #10
On a whole, the Star Wars titles have been underperforming for me. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s because it’s hard to keep a story from sagging over years and years of comics. Jason Aaron’s main series doesn’t seem to have too much in the way of a long-term antagonist, other than “The Empire.” And Kieron Gillen’s Doctor Aphra spun directly out of his Darth Vader run, but because she acted as a focus in Vader’s story to offset his silent demeanor if feels less like there’s a new main character and more like they lost Darth Vader in an amazing supporting role.
Charles Soule’s take on Darth Vader is growing on me, but it’s not there yet. It’s odd to read a story where Vader isn’t the black armor badass we know and love yet, and is still a bit closer to the whiny kid we hated in the prequels. Hopefully we see him grow into that role and it’s as cool as it should be.
The outlier in this group is Poe Dameron, also by Soule, which I credit to Agent Terex being a compelling enough threat to add some vitality to Poe’s potentially bland Han-Solo-Light character. It’s been masterful at weaving in and out of plots but keeping Terex right in step with Poe’s every move, even in his current state. And if we can assume he’ll come back from that and get back to where he was, his cold rage is going to be delicious.