The structure of the threats that intentionally inform the Star Wars Universe sometimes rest on those smaller that give credence to large ideas. The progression of Kylo Ren is the most pertinent here simply because it informs the psychology of a current villain while the other two tales speak to both the challenge and, at times, weaknesses of those involved in the never-ending proceedings of the struggle for power.
Star Wars – Age Of Resistance – Kylo Ren The continuing mythology of Kylo Ren is an interesting structure to behold as “Rise Of Skywalker” approaches. The events that make him or continue to make him are structured inside the small details of canon which are reflected in issues like this. While this battle is a small time perspective, it reassures the idea that Kylo is trying to emulate and beat his grandfather’s accomplishments. This also informs his inferiority complex around Luke. A Greek chorus in the visage of an old soldier from the first battle Vader made on this certain planet gives a center of credence but the inference of “Your God is dead” which is envisioned in the final moments is quite telling.
Star Wars: Target Vader #3 In comparative, the texture of “Target Vader” is about finding a weakness in the Dark Lord. A paradoxical progression is that the bounty hunter assigned to try to take Vader down in part cyborg. One gets the feeling that this man must have been deep inside the Empire either with the Emperor or perhaps served on the periphery of Anakin back in the day since he seems to know things about the Empire’s greatest weapon. Physically and especially in the face, Valance, the hunter looks a lot like Bruce Campbell in a grizzled form which is a great piece of casting if it integrates at any point into the Disney+ Universe. There is also the omen of a Tuscan Raider who is part of Valance’s crew. The person underneath the disguise is not a Tuscan but seems to admit he is from Tatooine and has a knowledge of the force which points to a certain person. The key with Valance is drawing Vader into a trap with the knowledge that Vader will always sense a trap.
Jedi Fallen Order Dark Temple #2 The idea of a Jedi Temple left alone without an essence of its original owners seems like an unique travail of the Star Wars Universe. As evidenced in certain stories of “Rebels”, it seems to ingrain itself on various planets that either have a divide or strong connection, of course, to the Force. Cere as a Padewan separated from her master is placed in what seems a prison. But like all students still finding her way, she makes wrong assumptions and makes rash judgements that get her into trouble. But like many heroes, they continue to fight when all hope seems lost. In a planet that seems to be one the Outer Rim it just matters how long it is until help arrives.
By Tim Wassberg
The texture of a cop lost in the brutal paragon of what is right and wrong has always been a style of thriller since the early 70s. From Serpico to Dirty Harry, the reflectivity of what determines conscience is based on what the goal is to get it. The lead character here in “Stiletto Vol. 1” [Palle Schmidt/Lion Forge/144pgs] who is unassuming in the best Barney Miller tradition continues through his life like he just doesn’t care. The wife is looking for beach houses. His daughter is lost in her own little world. He seems to just keep his head about water. The art of this graphic novel is washed out in an almost melting kind of perspective while still keeping a sense of grittiness. The gunshots are frozen in time. The melancholy of the lead character is played well as a misdirect but it is based almost in the fact that he is basically a nihilist backed into a corner making decisions simply because that is the only option. It is the idea of the greater good or simply a sociopathic intent that really walks the line. Stiletto, as he is ultimately known, is at the beck and call of nasty people but at a certain point he thinks he is himself unredeemable and therefore commits acts that even if you were on the take seem a little severe. The funnel through which is life is purveyed gets smaller and smaller despite the f act that evil begets evil. Ultimately “Stiletto” effectively is on the point that once the knife is in, might as well turn the blade. “Stiletto” is a disciple to its own genre but plays it very well.
By Tim Wassberg
The aspect of real world conflict and the perceptions of an era can sometimes be caught in art but it is always the texture of perception that determines through what lens the emotion and drama is captured. in “6 Days: The Incredible Story Of D-Day’s Lost Chapter” [Robert Vendetti/Vertigo/148pgs]”, the author examines a small piece of Operation Overlord (which was used for a different effect in the movie of the same name). In this story, when many regiments are dropped over France, they miss their target but converge on the small town on Graignes. The story is of them trying to hold off the German assault until they can be relieved from the American forces coming from the coast. While some of the imagery, especially during the firefights is quite good with out being gory, it is the intersection of the small moments that connect, whether it be some of the young woman listening outside a church to the men inside who take initiative themselves to the simple happiness inside a mess hall just to get some warm food. There is an essence to the humanity. One part that works very well though it tends to play a little melodramatic is the aspect of the families back in America praying in a church in sadness while the soldiers and the local villagers in Graignes convene in the church in hope. The hope doesn’t last long and the texture of war and just surviving takes hold. In all actuality, the actual overrunning of the troops is more alluded to rather than shown as an overall stampede of German troops. But what the battle does offer is the perspective of war but also the psychological toll at points on a textured level. “6 Days” shows a direct and plain view of the lost memories of war before everything was laser guided. World War II was a war unlike any other and even a brief glimpse into the minutiae of the day allows for a window into the time.
By Tim Wassberg