Story by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Art by David Lopez and Javi Pina
Colors by Muntsa Vicente
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramanga
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 24, 2019
Review by: Andrew McAvoy
The first two instalments in this mini-series have given us a delicious taste as to exactly why Vader has a reputation as one of fiction’s greatest ever villains. They have both played to the strengths of the character with some glorious artwork highlighting the dark beauty of Vader’s costume design, and the story underpinning this.
It is clear from those preceding issues that each of the instalments in this series are going to be standalone stories tied together with a Vader theme. To that end this issue continues the trend and is perfectly accessible as a standalone one-shot issue despite being tagged as part 3 of 5 within the opening preamble. This issue tells a deliciously dark take of deranged obsession, with a female medical assistant to Vader’s Imperial Physician/Technician becoming increasingly infatuated with the Dark Lord.
The tone of this book is pure horror, and it lives up to the Dark Visions title, as the young medical assistant’s romantic obsession begins to becoming increasingly deranged. This leads to an interesting interplay between the art and the story with reality and her fantasies rotated between the two artists. The conclusive answer to whether the love she feels for Vader is unrequited is provided in a fashion that ties in well with the dark theme of the issue as a whole.
This is another really good issue of what has been an excellent series so far. Hopeless does a great job in making each issue rest well thematically with the other issues in the series, while making each book memorable and unique in its own right. Although two artists are alternating within this issue, both styles are beautiful and perfect insofar as complimenting the plot.