By Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco, and Neeraj Menon
Darth Vader’s fight for survival continues in Darth Vader #8 as he comes face to face with the Eye of Webbish Bogg. The Eye of Webbish Bogg presents a riddle to the dark lord and now Darth Vader must decipher the riddle and figure out how he will defeat the Sith assassin set out by his master.
It was an interesting choice to add the character, the Eye of Webbish Bogg, into this series by Greg Pak due to him being a rather obscure character from The Rise of Skywalker. It is interesting though to see this character who mostly only appears in deleted scenes and the novelization version of the film. It shows that Pak is trying to add in the lore building elements to tie into the sequel trilogy. There has been a lot of love shown to the prequel trilogy in this series and it is nice to see something that is from the more recent films. Building upon the obscure character, Pak gives the character an interesting personality. The Eye of Webbish Bogg constantly taunts Darth Vader about the idea of choices, choosing, and being the chosen one. The play on words of “choice” becomes the theme and basis of the riddle the Eye of Webbish Bogg presents to Darth Vader. The answer to the riddle presented seems to be that Darth Vader must make his own choices and not what has been preordained by his master or fate. Upon answering Webbish Bogg’s question well, Darth Vader is presented with a Sith watfinder, another item made into canon from The Rise of Skywalker. Will this wayfinder lead Vader to Exegol, if so, what will Vader find there?
The art in this issue is done by the team of Raffaele Ienco on art and Neeraj Menon on colors. Being on Mustafar, the color palette is a consistent blend of oranges and red on top of the black armor of Darth Vader. As with previous issues, being able to see scenes from the films lends itself very well to tie into the main narrative of the Star Wars sage. Having this consistency in imagery makes the story feel more cohesive as a whole. As with the story, the Eye of Webbish Bogg takes center stage in presenting the iconic imagery in this issue. Webbish Bogg is an odd looking creature and has a weird effect on Vader’s psyche by making the statue he stands upon take on different forms. You really get the sense of how Bogg is toying with Vader by using these images to anger him.
Darth Vader #8 serves as another consistent entry into this series that has been one of the better titles in the Star Wars line up. One of the strengths of this issue, and apparently the progressing story, is that it is not ignoring the sequel trilogy. Pak had given plenty of fan service for the prequels and perhaps now it is time to tie this series into the sequels.