For this third edition of Mosh Pit, we peer into the hearts of a pair of excellent thingies: a comic book series that’s got a healthy obsession with Darth Vader, and a graphic novel that offers up a science-fiction spectacle full of spies and fish people and sonic dolphins and other awesome things.
Intrigued? Read on!
Star Wars: Darth Vader
Supplier: Cosmic Comics
Price: R65 (issue #1) / R59 each (issues #2-11)
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, a Star Wars comic book tie-in courtesy of their previous acquisition, Marvel, seemed like an obvious move. It took some time to eventually come round, but the series of Star Wars comic books is finally here to keep us occupied until the next films launch an assault on our hearts and our wallets.
Along with the Star Wars and Leia series of comic books, Darth Vader fits between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and, as you’d expect, it follows the story of Darth Vader during this particularly dark period in the Empire’s history. With the Death Star destroyed by the Rebel Alliance, Vader is in the Emperor’s black books – because the whole ordeal was pinned on him. The comic shows a surprisingly vulnerable side of the man (which we can’t help but cringe at a few times), but it’s put together with enough care for the canon that it doesn’t feel entirely out of place. Just a little… odd, really. But there’s no shortage of appeal here to make up for it: the art is spectacular and it’s simply more Star Wars, which can only be a good thing, right?
The Wake (graphic novel)
Supplier: Cosmic Comics
The Wake starts off slow. We’d argue too slow, given the scope that it reaches by the end, but it’s interesting enough to push through the cliché spy stuff and find the immense, seemingly never-ending places it reaches along the way. There’s no point in discussing the story any further because it is the single most important element at play here: you’ll just have to trust us that it’s magnificent. On the art side, The Wake takes a bit of getting used to – the line work seems a little rougher than necessary but backs down when the time is right. Still, it might get on your nerves. The writing does its job of character dialogue and narrative exposé just swimmingly; since this is a graphic novel in every sense of the word, it can be forgiven for being a bit verbose at times.