The final book in the Clone Wars series draws a line under the books, expands on the plot of Revenge of the Sith and explains what Quinlan Vos and Anakin Skywalker (now Darth Vader) got up to next. It’s useful closure for a series that has characters you know will carry on to pastures new and serves as a useful jumping off point, while also opening up new worlds for readers to explore.
The key turning point in Revenge of the Sith – when Palpatine issues Order 66 and the cloned soldiers turn on their Jedi generals – is seen through the eyes of Vos, the Jedi undercover commando who skirted the dark side while battling Count Dooku. He’s stationed on Kashyyyk, helping the Wookies protect their home planet from the Separatists. We also follow a handful of Jedi who managed to survive the intergalactic massacre and see a small group of them take on the newly created Vader, who is on something of a personal crusade to hunt down and destroy Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ostrander and Hartley turn in engaging scripts while Duursema and Parsons do their usual sturdy work on the Vos story. It’s Wheatley and his colourists that stand out in this book though, turning in some great Star Wars art that seamlessly blends dynamic action with subtlety.
This makes it a near perfect Star Wars book: rounding off the Clone Wars series; adding more depth to the films in a way that’s completely sympathetic to the brand; and leaving you thirsting for more early Vader. Lucky for Star Wars comic fans, there’s plenty more where this came from.
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