SPOILER REVIEW: "Darth Vader #8: Into the Fire, Part III: The Eye" by Greg Pak
We certainly get some major Eye of Webbish Bog action in this issue!! And man, does the creature ask a LOT of questions. Vader gets incredibly irritated, constantly demanding for the Eye to answer his questions. While the Eye does give Vader a wayfinder in the end, it still never gives him any true answers. But the questions it poses are deep and invasive, making this a head-spinning philosophical story. We also see an Umbaran with death troopers who has zero explanation (who is this guy?!?) and we see Ochi's great surprise at Vader having made it out of the Eye's cave alive.
Last issue, Vader felt the Eye of Webbish Bog (a spider creature atop a giant with a baby face) calling to him from inside a cave. In this issue he has entered that cave and is consistently accosted by a variety of beasties (including a Roggwart, lava fleas, and small, bug-like, flying critters that spit fire) trying to stop him from getting to the Eye itself. All the while, the Eye, from afar, is taunting him with questions about what it means to be chosen and what it means to make your own choices. It asks, "Has your choice been chosen for you? Or have you been chosen? If you could choose...would you be chosen? Or would you choose...to make your own choice?" That's a lot of convoluted questioning!! No wonder Vader gets so frustrated.
The Eye even gives Vader visions to go along with these ponderings. Once he finally gets to the Eye, the baby face changes to Anakin's face as the Eye says, "what you want," Luke's face as it says, "what you need," and Palpatine's face as it says, "does it even matter." I truly love these pairings as it reveals Vader's deep down desires which he likes to hide as best he can. Despite all these delaying tactics and the Eye asking if Vader thinks he failed or passed the test, the giant does give him a wayfinder... We all know what that means!! Next stop, Exegol. I cannot wait!
One quick awesome tidbit before I go, Vader comes across his old Eta-2 Actis-Class light interceptor that he left behind on Mustafar (since he hitched a ride with Palpy instead after being burned to a crisp). I don't know what his plans are with the ship because Ochi shows up just as he gets to it. He's gotta take some ship off of the lava planet...but perhaps he's going to smack down on Ochi and take his??
So not an incredible amount of meat in this issue, it was more like watching someone run in verbal circles, but the art was absolutely fantastic and vivid as all get out. Definitely an enjoyable read overall.
MY SCORE: 7.5/10 because it was some serious mental gymnastics and that Umbaran dude really threw me for a loop.
"Darth Vader #8: Into the Fire, Part III: The Eye" written by Greg Pak, illustrated by Raffaele Ienco and Neeraj Menon
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