Guest Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, Haden Blackman & Augustin Alessio

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher trough Netgalley in return for an honest review*
*Disclaimer: This review has been written by René (the other half in this household) he is a HUGE Star Wars fan and Darth Vader is his role model. When he saw I could request this book he asked if I could do it for him. I told him he had to write a review in return*

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison cover
A traitorous uprising against the fledgling Galactic Empire leaves Emperor Palpatine close to death. Saving the Emperor—and the Empire—appears to be a lost cause . . . unless Vader can uncover the secrets of the Jedi Council and locate the mysterious “Ghost Prison.” Collects the five-issue miniseries.

W. Haden Blackman is a writer who has long worked in the Star Wars universe. He is also the project lead on the MMO Star Wars: Galaxies and the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. He resigned from his position at LucasArts on July 29, 2010.
Agustin Alessio was the penciller for the Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison comic series.

I have read this comic book in digital format.
the good: Engaging story, character depth, Quality of drawings.
the bad: Low resolution quality of the digital book.

The story begins shortly after the ending of the Star Wars movie 'Revenge of the Sith'. The main character is Laurita Tohm, a graduate in the imperial military academy. The story is told from his viewpoint, recording the things that happen in a report; the comic that you read.
This story is about a coup committed by an imperial general. He overthrows the emperor, the ruler of the empire at that point. The main characters rescue the emperor and flee in order to put together a force strong enough to take back power.
The events that happen are very engaging. I am a Star Wars fan. I know much about the persona in this comic that are also featured in other works. With that knowledge i can say that the things that happen in the story are very fitting. It is not required to have this knowledge however. The story and events the story tells stand well by themselves.

What I like most about this comic is how well the personalities of the characters are depicted. There is great depth in the reasoning behind their actions. For each character, a part of their history is explained to clarify

The comic is beautifully drawn. The artist makes very good use of colour to depict the mood of the events happening. Detail is good. All things drawn are instantly recognizable as belonging in the Star Wars universe.
The only downside for this comic is that it is a very low quality scan of the original art. This review was made based on pre-release copy of the book. It is likely that the definitive e-book will be of better quality.
This is my personal guess, however.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
Author: Haden Blackman
Illustrator: Agustin Alessio
Publisher: Dark Horse
ISBN-10: 1616550597
ISBN-13: 9781616550592
Pages: 120
Format: PDF
Dark Horse: Hardcover

4 star review
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