Much like the Star Wars comic, Darth Vader is taking a step back from the whole Rebels vs. Empire thing. Shu-torun is a mining planet, and the Empire needs the ore because they like to build things out of stuff other than Lego.
And IKEA is not an option.
As per usual with stories of this type, demand far exceeds the output, so Vader is sent to straighten those guys out. He installs a puppet regime, but that leads to problems. The Sith Lord returns and he announces his presence with authority; just so there’s no misunderstanding.
Dr. Aphra is mising from this arc since she is on loan to Star Wars. I’m still ambivalent about her, but that could change. Beetee and Triple Zero still haven’t grown on me, but I guess I’m going to have to get used to them. I might be on board had they been introduced in a different comic, because they feel so out of place in the one titled Darth Vader.
There is only one more volume of Darth Vader comics, and it’s probably for the best. As I keep saying, there is only so much that can occur in between the battles of Yavin and Hoth. I have my fingers crossed that the series will go out as strong as it came in.