Justice League/ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2 Review

We continue off with the Rangers arriving in the DC Universe to help Zack and continuing their fight against the Justice League. The team notes that the Flash has vanished but Billy jlpr5bring s up that he hasn’t that that he moves too fast for them to see. Tommy asks why he hasn’t attacked them yet and Billy assess that he is watching them to see what they do, he then contacts Kim to see if she still has Batman. She says she does but also says that there is somebody else up there with her flying and we see that it is Superman who tells her to land the Pterodactyl.

John Stewart arrives at the scene and asks Flash what they are dealing with. Flash says that he thinks that the Rangers aren’t from here and have no idea who they are.jlpr3 John replies says that they attacked Batman but Flash responds says that if he didn’t know who Batman was he would attack him too. John then encases the Rangers in a bubble construct but the Rangers break out of it easily by summoning their Zords and we get a cool two page spread of the Rangers roll call. Jason comes up with a strategy to have Trini and Billy to run protection whilst the rest of them attack the Justice League. The Zords blast away John and he starts falling with Flash being able to catch him, Cyborg then arrives down from the Watchtower. Cyborg tries to blast the Dragonzord and manages to damage it and in retaliation Jason tries to blast Cyborg with Eye Beam attack but Flash manages to save him. He then runs up the back of Jason’s Zord and vibrates through and takes out Jason.

jlpr6He goes to punch Jason but Superman stops him from doing it. Kim also tells Jason to stop fighting and says that the Justice League aren’t the bad guys. Jason questions on what if she is wrong but she responds by telling him to trust her since that we then see that she has been bound in Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth. Zack apologises for what he has done and says that in his defence that in their universe heroes don’t dress up like bats. Wonder Woman then asks them who they are and Kim responds saying that they are the Power Rangers, protectors of Earth in their dimension. Billy then adds that their base was attacked and their teleporters damaged and that was how Zack was transported here. Trini then says that they can’t leave yet and they tell them that they Zack wasn’t the only other one that was transported and that he brought with him a great threat and we then see Lord Zedd hurtling through space and then a green light teleporting him somewhere.

jlpr2Zedd wonders where he is and questions an alien on where he is but he tells him to be calm and not to draw attention as HE will notice them. Zedd questions on who will notice and we see a large shadow approaching them and we see that Zedd is inside a bottled city. The alien shouts to run and hide but Zedd isn’t having any of that and uses magic to make himself grow back to normal size and he breaks out of the bottled city and we find that he has come face-to-face with Brainiac. A bit of time passes and Zedd and Brainiac talking with Zedd noting that they both want the Universe and that they both have had the same problems conquering and that it their problems with the Justice League and the Power Rangers. Zedd comes up with an interesting idea of saying that he needs an Earth city for his collection but suggests that he takes a city from his dimension and Brainiac seems interested by this. He asks Zedd what he needs for his plan and says that he would need some creatures from his other bottled cities.

Back in Gotham the two teams are glad that they have used diplomacy to resolve their problems instead of fighting. Batman has a rather good line where he says that the last dinosaur that attacked him ended up as a trophy in his cave and Zack continues asking how they are supposed to know that Batman is a good guy. jlpr4Superman apologises about Batman but he then hears something. Cyborg then notes to the team that the internet just exploded with news that there are monsters attacking the world. We then get another amazing two page spread where we see four cities, Tokyo, Melbourne, Cairo and Dublin being attacked by giant octopi type monsters. Superman flies off and informs that they will need every Justice League members and reserves on every continent. Batman then points at Zack saying that he brought this here and that they will help them fight them since that fighting giant monsters attacking cities is what they do, ending issue two.

Overall this is a really good issue. The Ranger and Justice League were able to resolute their problem that they were having and I can’t wait to see what they have install for them to for the next issue. But the most important thing is that we now know what happened Zedd and what his plan is since that it was shown at the beginning of the first issue and I have to reiterate I am looking forward for the rest of this series.

Is LEGO Batman a Good Film?

It has been over a week since that I have seen the LEGO Batman film and seen what people think of the film and I really don’t see why people like this film to give it high ratings. For me I thought at first that it was rather good but after sifting through my thoughts I turned it down from an 8/10 to a 6/10. These are the reasons that I turned this down was for a few reasons.

The first is that the plot just seems rather stupid, even more so for either a superhero and a LEGO story, with The Joker wanting to be sent to the Phantom Zone since that’s where the biggest threats are being held prisoner. It really seems to be the most confusing thing that was going to happen since that it mainly relied on Batman being more of a dick by breaking into the Fortress of Solitude to steal a device to teleport him there.

My second reason that I rated this down was that it seemed to be rather full of references and parodies and it did rather annoy me. The first was the roll calling at the beginning of the film where Joker was spewing off the number of villains that were there and it just seemed to be absurd. There were so many stupid villains that they decided to add in and some that haven’t seen much screen time for years in any media. Plus, there was also references to the previous Batman films and this also included the original Batman show (before Adam West’s series) I thought that was a nice touch but for the film it didn’t really do anything for the film.

My third reason why I rated this down was Batman. I found this to be one of the worst portrayals of Batman possibly to date. Through the entire film, Batman just came off just as a total jerk to pretty much anyone, he was a jerk to Alfred, he was a jerk to Dick and he even was a jerk to Joker for most of the film until the very end of the film. For me Batman is somebody that took his time to train up people to become better either as a fighter or as a detective and somebody that is willing to team up. But this Batman just rather doesn’t. He did tell Dick what to do to get the Phantom Zone gun but Dick had already told him before that he was already trained up just out of nowhere. The weirdest thing that I got off this Batman and something that I even told my friend that I saw it with was that this Batman seemed to be like drawing a lot of similarities from Frank Millers All Star Batman and that was one of the worst Batman interpretations I think people have ever read. Also, I think that Batman’s beat boxing and rapping was the worst thing about the film, it wasn’t funny and it felt rather stupid.

The fourth reason that I rated this down was that the film pretty much ignored the Justice League after their cameo. When the Joker brought his army of other licenced LEGO villains from the Phantom Zone the Justice League were nowhere around to help deal with the problem. You have Superman who can hear things happening around the world and Cyborg who can source information from the internet and they didn’t know anything that was happening I really do call that bull shit to the highest level. It is something that annoys me and reiterates the Frank Miller Batman preferring to work alone than in a team. It makes no sense to bring in these characters for what was a two/three-minute cameo and not even have them to help.

Overall I think that this is the most average Batman film that has been released by DC and really isn’t the best. There are a lot better Batman films done in the DCAU than what this is and that is my honest opinion.

Deadpool: The Art of War Review

For me when it came to reading Deadpool, I think I started rather differently from what other people have done. I never read his own series at that point, I didn’t read any of his previous series in his older solo series or team book and I read from a mini-series that Marvel released in 2014: Deadpool’s The Art of War and I’ve been hooked on the Merc with a Mouth since then.

Issue one begins with us in possibly in the past since this is the Marvel Universe and weirder things have happened and being introduced to Sun Tzu and he exposits about himself what he did and to cut it rather short Deadpool comes in and stabs him in the back. Apparently Deadpool was hired by the family of the concubines that he killed in the exposition. He then sees the scrolls that Sun Tzu had and is shocked to see that it is the ‘Art of War’. He then thinks of things that he can now do since that he has the Art of War and he thinks of turning it into a book. But back at in the present, I think there is no clear time frame in this story, to a company called ‘Major Publisher’ where Deadpool finds out that the Art of War has been a best seller for years and there have been multiple translations of the book and that they really didn’t need another. Deadpool asks the publicist if it would make a difference if he was the one who wrote it and she said that it wouldn’t really matter,daow2 he puts his sword against her neck and asks again and the answer is the same but this time she has a mobile armoury that has guns pointed at him and he gets blasted backwards. The publicist then says that she does like the idea or new angle that might be considered interesting. Deadpool suggests that he’d adapt it to be a survival manual for when the world would be at war. The publicist brings up one point and that the world isn’t at war which he replies that the day’s young.

Deadpool starts coming up with an idea on what sort of war he could ignite over the world and came up with the idea of Gods. He then brings up Loki since that most of the best fights had happened between Loki and Thor. We then get some rather fun panels where we see Loki as a kid and Deadpool beings up who’s idea that was and as a fourth wall joke the Loki images says Matt Fraction, then we see Loki as a woman and then finally a more classic designed Loki (from Silver Surfer #4). We see Loki expositing about how annoyed that he is that Thor is still alive and that since he is able to gather many troops they are no match for Thor’s and that’s when Deadpool intervenes. Loki asks who he is he then goes and attacks Deadpool. Deadpool tries to calm down Loki and tells him that he can help him with Thor and Loki agrees to listen to him. daow3He tells Loki the five key things when going into war and Loki reveals his army who are dedicated to him. Loki then asks what he needs to do next and he says that he needs to deceive Thor, attack him when he is not ready for an attack and Loki decides that it is Deadpool’s job to go and deceive him. We also get a rather stupid back to back of Deadpool being confused with Loki saying Aye thinking that he says I and it isn’t rather funny.

Deadpool arrives in Asgard and convenes with Thor telling him what Loki is up to saying that he is marching on Asgard. Thor seems rather hesitant about the idea but Fandral says that there is no problem with just checking it out and Thor agrees to go out. Thor sees the army that Loki has and it contains large number of troops. He decides to mount an attack on them but Loki is ready for him and he has his troops retreat for him to then reveal his trump card, giant creatures and during the battle Loki manages to win the battle ending the first issue.

daow5Issue two begins with Loki celebrating inside of Valhalla, not Asgard as I thought it was, in a large feast and we see Thor laid out on a rack of some sorts. Loki says that the rest of Thor’s soldiers are on the run and that if they the try and retake them they will fail. Loki asks Deadpool what he should do next and says that they should take money and supplies from the people and Loki tells his troops to loot the townspeople. Deadpool tries to tell Loki that they should be taking small amounts and not everything but one of the enemies stabs a spear in his back. When he wakes up he gets stomped on by a troll looking creature and a kid comes up to him and kicks him. In his grogginess Deadpool talks about the third chapter of the Art of War and that is to stay away from walled cities and we see Loki’s army of course heading to take on a walled city but Loki is one step ahead and arrives at the city along with Thor as his hostage. Loki says to Odin that he is going to kill Thor if he doesn’t surrender the city to him where Thor tells him not to give in. But Odin decides to give into the demands of Loki and he says that Loki no the ruler of Asgard. Loki is surprised that he has finally won.

Deadpool talks with Loki on what he is going to do now since that he has already took over Asgard (and Valhalla I think this comic is rather confusing on what is where). Loki says that he needs of nothing more but Deadpool suggests that he starts taking over another place, Earth. Deadpool says that the good fighters make it so that no-one can defeat them and says that Loki can take the Rainbow Bridge to Earth and kick the crap about the place. Loki likes the idea of taking over the Earth and then he asks what sort of advantage that he would get from war being waged on Earth and he replies a book deal. Loki seems pissed at this and Deadpool is placed in the same jail cell that Thor is also located.

Deadpool tries to reach his laptop but he is just too short. Thor kicks it over to him and Deadpool thanks him for it. Thor asks him how he could have led him into a trap but Deadpool then tells him that he didn’t since he ignored the basic laws of warfare. Thor then asks Deadpool if he knows a way out of the chains but Deadpool says he knows what Loki is going to be doing next. We then see Loki sending his army across the Rainbow Road heading to the Earth with Deadpool narrating about the next chapter of the Art of War.

We then see that Loki’s army arriving on Earth and Deadpool reciting more of the Art of War but then we get to a rather good scene. Loki spouts off the usual villain speech but then a pedestrian says that he is wrong and that he has no chance and will be stopped. Loki tells his army to attack him and they gather around him to then reveal that the person was in fact Bruce Banner a.k.a The Hulk who goes up to Loki calling him a puny God. We then see another of Thor’s rouges tearing around the city but Spider-Man pulls the axe out of his hand and plays keep away with it but it turns out the axe has one of the same enchantments as Thor’s hammer that can recall it back to him.daow6 But before he can attack Spidey Iron Man knocks him out with a blast. Back in the cells Deadpool spits out a lock pick and manages to free himself and Thor ending issue two.

Issue three beings with Deadpool narrating and then seeing Loki’s army destroying New York, why is it always New York. We then cut over to Asgard where we see that Hela oversees the throne since Loki is out with his army. Sif tells her that she won’t be in control for much longer and Sif asks on who is going to overthrow her since that Thor and Odin being imprisoned. We then see Odin, Thor and Deadpool now freed and Hela teleports back to her dimension and Odin reclaims Asgard.

Odin asks where Loki is at so he can be punished and Deadpool says that he is on Earth and telling Thor that he suggested him to go there. Thor asks on why would he do a thing like that but Deadpool defends himself saying that Earth is home to many heroes. Thor still thinks that this is rather foolish bringing up that Loki has an army, but Deadpool replies that we have a Hulk and then cutting over to Earth where we see Hulk throwing Loki around. But as Hulk walks away from the crater that he creates the ground comes away and we see The Moleman who thinks that since there are demonic forces at works that he starts his attack by targeting Hulk who manages to easily dispatch his forces.

Back on the surface Loki’s army is still attacking the surface and we then see the transition to night where we see Captain America leading the charge against the enemy, where were they when the Army started attacking. Thor and Deadpool arrive back to New York that looks trashed. Thor tells his warriors to dispose of Loki’s army and that he will take care of Loki. Deadpool asks what he should do and Thor tells him to stay out of the way. We then cut over to Latvaria and Doctor Doom is observing what is happening and asks the question of who’s side do they fight for.  But a mysterious figure in the back of the room says that he cannot enamoured of the gods descending on the world. Doom then reveals that the person that is talking is Red Skull who says that he doesn’t recognise these Gods. Doom asks what they should do and Skull replies saying that there is only one remedy and that is to fight back with every resource at their command. Doom says that he knows of somebody that can help them but when Skull asks who it is Doom just says an old ‘friend’.

Loki wakes up after being thrashed by Hulk orders his troops to just target the troops. But Skurge, the person that was destroying daow8New York with an axe a last issue, tells Loki that the troops are too scattered to focus on one target and tries to give him advice but Loki cuts him off. Then we see some of Deadpool’s narration saying that ‘A delicacy of honour. Which is sensitive to shame’ and Loki and Skurge notice it is confused by its meaning and Deadpool cuts in trying to tell them the meaning but they tell him to leave. After that they make up.

Meanwhile underground Hulk is finished dealing with Moleman and his army to then come across Loki’s army and then the Fantastic Four shows up and they help the Hulk out. We then cut over to the somewhere else where we see Atlanteans attacking Loki’s army and Namor riding on the back of whale like creature. We then cut back over to the Avengers, so many cutaways, where Deadpool sitting on a taxi, he gets knocked off and one of the dwarf’s steps on Deadpool’s laptop and Deadpool goes on a blackout rage mode and kills all the army there. Captain America tells Deadpool that they are all dead and says that they can find others and Deadpool says ‘Let’s go and kill some more guys’ ending the third issue.

Issue four begins with Loki trying to rally his troops when they then notice a humongous sea creature with Namor standing on top of it. We then see the creature attacking Loki’s army, doing more damage to the city than what the army has done and now X-Men teams have entered the issue including Cyclops, Magika, Storm and Angel. We then cut over to Deadpool who is still blood hungry and attacks Captain America. He manages to calm Deadpool down but he manages to rage up and we then see Spider-Man punching him in the face, knocking him out. daow8Cap tells the Avengers to spread out to take down the remaining troops but Thor intervenes saying that says that the final battle should between him and Loki.

We then see a rather stupid two pages showing Deadpool delusions as an army of Deadpool’s fighting against Loki’s Army and then we see him duelling with Loki. Deadpool wakes up as Skurge’s axe comes crashing down next to him. Skurge is out to kill him but Thor manages to save him. Thor then tells him that Loki’s army is massing for one final attack in Central Park. We then cut over to see Johnny Storm attacking Loki’s army but Stormbringer manages to knock him out of the sky and Loki wants to use him as a bargaining chip, but Namor manages to save him and has his army attack Loki’s.

On a two-page spread where we have just mass chaos going on. Across the top of the spread we have a SHIELD Helicarrier with Nick Fury telling Iron Man and Cap on how far Loki’s armies are and where to cut them off. Loki tries to tell his troops to fall back, however they have nowhere to fall back on. Thor heads on to confront Loki telling him to surrender but Loki doesn’t. The two of them duel it out and Loki manages to knock Thor’s hammer and slashes Thor with his sword. daow7Loki orders his troops to keep the hammer held down and slashes Thor again but when he tries for a third time Deadpool blocks it with his swords. Loki gets mad at him and blasts him away with a bolt of magic. Deadpool then manages to distract Loki enough for Thor recover calls his hammer back to him and brings the thunder down upon him. Loki is defeated and his army surrenders.

Deadpool returns to the publisher and she says that she likes the real-world applications for the book and is willing to publish it. However, when he brings up how much he was going to be paid she laughs and brings up that they would have to pay them and has a list of expenses. We then find that Marvel likes the idea and will be making it into a graphic novel. Deadpool asks how much they would charge him for the book and they reply that they will be paying him which Deadpool is happy about. The publisher their notes bringing up that Peter Davis would like this and that’s who the writer for the series is. He then asks Deadpool what the red splotches on the book are suggesting that if it is jam or ketchup but if we had to guess that it is the blood of the publisher from the original place.

Overall I just think that this is an okay series. The writing for it is okay for the most part and Davis knows what he is doing with the character but one of my bigger problems is that I really don’t like the artwork for it. But the weirdest thing is what interested me was the covers, the covers for it are amazing and the artists for the book and the covers are the same person Scott Koblish which does have me rather confused. I think I would recommend people to get it just if you wanted to waste a journey but other than that I just think it’s a okay series.

Overall Score: 6/10

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink Review

Last year Boom! Studios started their imprint of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series and I have enjoyed reading that series and I will get around to covering more of that series when the current arc finishes. But today I am not going to be covering that series but a mini-series based around Kimberly- the Pink Ranger- and a story that happened to her when she left the series.

The first issue starts off in a locker room at the Pan Global Games in the Netherlands, where we see Kimberly phoning her mother trying to get a hold of her but it keeps going to voice mail. One of the competitors asks her to come out and celebrate their victories and we then see that Kim has won a lot of medals. She declines saying that she is going to meet with her mother and stepfather and she decides to head to where her parents are at in St Moineau. She narrates that she thinks that she can get there in about five hours and how she misses the old days and being in a team as well as being with Tommy. She also goes on to say that she has found it harder to readjust to civilian life since being a Power Ranger was rather awesome.

Kim arrives at the town she exposits about her parents for a bit since her stepfather called Steven that he managed to get a job to run his own gallery since that they already lived in Paris. But going through the quaint village she notes that there is something off and that there is nobody around.mmprp2 She arrives at her parents’ house and calls out to see if they are home and she forcefully opens the door by shattering a glass. She goes through the house and notices that her mother’s phone is sitting on a table and there is no service and that the landline has no dial tone. She hears some loud crashing sounds and heads out to see where it was coming from but stops and grabs her cases which has her own gear that she still has. Plus, something of note, Zordon gave her a communicator that was designed for emergency use and it does get me thinking if he did the same with Jason, Zach and Trini. She gears up, even having her own bow and arrow set. She heads out in the streets and hears somebody yelling out no (in French) and she sees sea creatures who have captured a guy.

She manages to take down the monsters and the guy that she saved tells her to follow him and they head inside a bistro. He says that his name is Serge and thanks Kim for the rescue, she is also being glad that he can speak English since her French is rather mixed. She asks him if he knows anything about the monsters but he isn’t sure since that he was studying in London and when he hadn’t heard from his family in a few days and when he has been looking for clues for the past three days and he says that it has town has changed a lot saying that it is like a ghost town. He also goes on to say that for the time that he has been here the numbers of the creatures has grown. Kim asks if he had seen any of other survivors including her parents and he says that the hasn’t. She also asks why nobody has tried to contact the police, military or even the Power Rangers and he replies that the power has been no power or service since this started. He then says that he saw the creatures head off into a cliff where they might have taken the people but the other survivors are too afraid to investigate. He points it out on the map and Kim says that she is going to get some powerful friends to help searching in the cave and tells Serge to lay low and stay safe.

Kim arrives back at her parent’s house and thinks that this has something to do with Rita and Zedd and contacts Zordon for help. mmprp6Zordon is happy to see her again and she fills him in on what has happened and asks for the help from the Power Rangers. Zordon unfortunately says that the Rangers can’t help her since they are off planet dealing with Zedd and he hasn’t heard from them in a while. We then see that Kim still has feelings for Tommy and she seems that her world is slowly coming around her. But Zordon does have some good news and can help her, Alpha 5 says that she still is the bearer of the pink energy and unlike what happened with Jason, Zach and Trini she didn’t transfer her powers to Katherine through the Sword of Light. Zordon says that the sword can re-energise the Pink Ranger power for temporary amount of time to help her fight against the monsters in the town. Zordon teleports the sword to her and the sword glows pink and we see a new morphed form that sort of does resemble the original costume but adapted in a useful way. Alpha then notes that there is something different about the creatures and tells her to restrain the creatures and not to destroy them. Zordon tells her to be careful about the Sword since it taps into Zordon directly and tells her may the power protect her. Serge wonders if Kim is alright and when he pops his head out the door he notices the Pink Ranger heading towards the cliffs.

Kim arrives at the cave and she notices that there are a large group of the sea creatures there and is nearly attacked by one but she took it out alerting the rest of the group and she engages them. She gets into the middle of them where they manage to group her, but she manages to repel them in a burst of light. She celebrates the small victory but a voice interrupts her saying that it’s so good that she finally joined them, with Kim recognising the voice revealing Goldar, who was waiting for Kim in civilian form and she also notices that a creature has her mother.mmprp8 Goldar says that she will help him bring a creature to life and Kim says that Goldar is nothing but a lackey and could do nothing on his own. He replies saying that he has his own ambitions and retorts that she will help him but Kim replies that she will never help him. But Goldar says that he will show her the error of her ways and that if she doesn’t she will suffer the same fate as her mother at the hands of Verto. Kim says let go of her and her mother recognises her voice but we then see Verto turning her into one of the sea creatures ending the first issue.

Issue two begins with Kim seeing her mother being turned into one of the Sea Creatures by Verto. Verto controlling the Sea Creatures orders them to destroy the Pink Ranger but Goldar then says to bring the Pink Ranger to him, this just seems rather confusing. Kim narrates to herself that there are too many of them for her to deal with and she decides to leave can come back with possibly a better strategy. She then uses her bow and creates a distraction and leaves the cliff.

Kim arrives back at her parent’s house narrating by going over that Goldar has a creature that can create an army and that she’ll have to find a new plan. A hand comes out to tap Kim shoulder and as a natural reflex and flips the guy over revealing the person to be Serge. She asks him how he got in and tells him not to sneak on somebody. He replies that he was waiting for her to return and he was worried about her. Serge asks her about the Pink Ranger and Kim replies to him about what is going on. Serge asks her how she knows this and she replies that the Pink Ranger told her and then she gets a good idea. He asks her what the plan is but Kim ushers him out of the house saying that she is going to talk to the Pink Ranger but Serge says that he wants to help but she says that he should leave it to the professionals. He replies saying that he isn’t going to hide since that this is his town and she doesn’t have the right to stop him from helping. Kim decides to give him a side quest to go and tell the other survivors that help is coming and Serge says that it doesn’t sound interesting, but Kim explains why it is important so that they can stay safe and that Goldar can’t get any more people to add to his army. Serge complies but he says he wants to help her the next time.

Kim contacts Zordon informing him that she can’t handle Goldar and Verto alone and she needs the help of the other Rangers asking them to take her to where Jason Zack and Trini. But Alpha says that Jason is unavailable with Zordon says that Jason is on her own mission, maybe in a series that we could see later in a mini-series of his own maybe. She asks Zordon if it’s possible to share the power with them and Zordon says that it is possible. Kimberly is rather nervous about it since that this is rather dangerous for Zordon since it their power feeds off him. Zordon says that he is willing to take the risk since that the power transfer would only be for a temporary amount of time and Alpha says that she has sent the location for Zack and Trini to her communicator. But it turns out that Serge is eavesdropping on the conversation wondering who she is talking to where Verto’s hand grabbing him.

Kim is transported to somewhere in South America and notices a hang glider coming down towards her and it isn’t stopping. The person in the glider turns out to be Trini who jumps off the glider and hugs Kim saying that she had missed her. Trini asks why Kim came here and she says that she is here because of an emergency and fills her in what has happened. Trini takes it in and tells her to come and get Zack. Trini then fills in what they have been doing in the past year and the things that have changed that doesn’t have that much to do with the story and we see Zack training with students no doubt in Hip-Hop Aikido. Kim puts her hand on Zack but instead of being flipped over to the ground Kim manages to land on her feet and the two embrace. She then tells Zack the story and says that he is aboard too and they teleport back to the town.

Back in the village the gang contact Zordon and they tell what him the good that they have done. Zordon then says exposits about the Sword of Light and transforms Zack and Trini into the Power Rangers and something rather cool is that since Zack was wearing a jacket, it got incorporated into his costume.  Zordon gives Kimberly the sword and tells her to use the sword to transfer the power back. They decide to come up with what they should do with the sword, if they should use it in battle or hide it somewhere in town, but a voice comes over the communications and Kim says that it is Tommymmprp3. We then see a hologram message of Tommy in his White Ranger costume and Trini believes that they can see him because of Zordon’s energy being fragmented routing them to them. Tommy says that he has lost communications with the other Rangers and that Rita and Zedd have the upper hand and he might be all alone. Kim tries to talk with Tommy who manages to hear her and he appear to be shocked that he can hear her but when they try to talk more the hologram cuts off and we see Kim feeling worried about the safety of Tommy and the team.

But then the Sea Creatures break in to the house and they attack the Rangers. Kim gets taken down by one on the creatures and loses the sword in the process where we then see that Goldar is then and he picks up the sword. He sues the sword and now can depower the Rangers and puts them in a cage. Goldar welcomes to his lair and Kim says that Rita’s plan will fail as always but Goldar responds saying that this isn’t Rita’s plan but his. Goldar says that he lured the them here that he didn’t know how he was going to use the power into his new weapon, but since that Kim was in the possession of the Sword of Light he can use that to tap into the power of the morphin grid to bring his weapon to life. What is that weapon you ask? It turns out that Goldar built a new Zord out of the remains of the old Thunder-Megazord renaming it Typhonis. Kim says that this is her fault since she was the one that she contacted Zordon and brought them here and that she has failed. But Goldar reveals something else that they were betrayed by Serge ending issue two.

Issue three starts off with Goldar pleased that he has Typhonis fully powered and Serge says that he lives up to his side of the deal and that he wants his sister back. Goldar of course being the villain he is turns back on his deal and throws him into the cage the Rangers are in and we see that his sister is okay. Serge is glad to see his sister is okay and asks the others for forgiveness for what he did. The then see that Verto has changed another captive into a Sea Creature and Kim says that they must find a way out and if they are ready to do on the fly. Goldar then reveals to them that they are the Rangers and things start to make sense for Serge when he saw Kim vanishing in a pink light. Kim comes up with an idea and she thinks that Trini might be able to help since that the plan involves using the communicator since she helped Billy create them.

Goldar hears something and when the turn, they see the Power Rangers standing in front of the cages and Verto tells his monsters to attack. But it turns out that the Rangers were in fact holograms and this causes the creatures to knock over the cage and they escape. They manage to find a way out of the caves, or at least to a safe spot, when one of the Sea Creatures tries to attack them but it turns out that this one turns out to be Kim’s mom. She tries to get her not to attack and she manages to get through to her and the embrace each other. Kim says that she needs to get the Sword of Light from Goldar but she also wants them to focus on freeing the rest of the townspeople and she comes up with a plan that again has Trini’s help in

Kim manages to distract Goldar and manages to grab the Sword of Light and morphs her Zack and Trini back into their Ranger modes. Goldar gets annoyed at Verto that he let Kim get the sword and blames his problems on him. Verto starts showing frustration at Goldar and says that they both serve Rita with Goldar responding that Rita doesn’t even knows that he exists. Verto turns on Goldar and has his minions attack Goldar, but he then heads off to pilot Typhonis. Kim tries to stop him but he knocks her back. Serge heads back to grab more survivors while Zack and Trini run defence. Back with Kim, Goldar says that she will be consumed by Verto and his creatures and Verto says that her or Goldar wouldn’t be able to take out his numbers. Kim notices her mother in the group of creatures and tries to leap away but realises that she hasn’t gotten far since that it seems that the splitting of her powers to the others came at a small cost. But monster mom is there with the save when she puts Kim on her back and she starts climbing up the Zord. The creatures start climbing up as well but Kim starts slipping and her mom manages to catch her.

Goldar jumps through a hatch into the Zord and monster mom pursuits after him ahead of Kim. She follows and can’t see where they went but Goldar tries to attack Kim but she deflects the attack with the Sword of Light and we see that in his other arm he has Kim’s mom. The two of them start to have a duel but that doesn’t happen as Typhonis starts moving and Goldar loosens his hold on Kim’s mom.mmprp4 Kim leads him to another area in the Zord and he follows but when then find out that Verto is controlling the Zord through his trident. Kim tells her mom that she’ll be back for her and Goldar tries to attack her. Verto then exposits about himself saying that he spent the past three years without rising in the ranks and he will send Kim and Goldar to the bottom of the sea. But when Goldar tries to escape he manages to let in water and she says that they need to work together to escape. The issue ends with Verto saying that he is going to use his creations to escort Typhonis to the bottom of the ocean and plans to kill them ending issue three.

Issue four beings with Typhonis walking along the ocean floor with Kim and Goldar trapped inside. Kim tries to reason with Goldar since the Megazord is taking on water but Goldar isn’t complying. But after a slight bit of convincing Goldar agrees to work with her, for now. They agree that they are going to take down Verto together and alive since that could be the only way that Kim can change her mom and the rest of the town’s population back to normal.

Back up top Verto is prematurely celebrating since that he is increasing the size of his army to take over the world to please Rita and Zedd, then he manages to transform another prisoner into one of his creatures. Zack and Trini confront him and they try to stop him but Verto has his minions to simply attack the Rangers. Zack notes that Kim in inside of Typhonis and asks Trini is if she can contact her but she can’t. Trini asks Zack to take on more of them so that she can contact Zordon. mmprp5Trini asks Zordon to see if he can help Kim but then that gets side tracked since Zordon is weakening. Trini then asks how they can help the people but Alpha says that the only observation that was made that only Verto can change them.

Inside Typhonis the water levels are rising more and that it looks like that they can’t escape the same way they came in. Kim asks if Goldar had built an escape pod for the Megazord but he said that he didn’t because he isn’t a coward but he does bring up that the Zords were made up of the greatest zords ever downed. Then Kim realises an idea and asks if there are any Zords that are complete enough to fly them out of here. Goldar says that he found the Zords in pieces and he was able to build it with the technology from Cyclopsis, the Zord that the Rangers fought near the end of season one, but he says that the larger Zords are too entwined with Typhonis. But Kim brings up about a smaller Zord and brings up the Firebird Zord. Goldar says that it is possible to use it off the power of Typhonis and he re-routs the power to operate the Zord. Kim arrives at the door for the Firebird and enters the cockpits and tries to power it up which she manages to do. Goldar also gets ejected from Typhonis and is picked up by the Firebird. Kim notices that Verto has moved on into the village and Goldar says that she needs to take the shot and destroy Verto and his monsters but Kim rejects the idea. Kim kicks Goldar away from the controls and he turns on their deal and jumps out of the Firebird.

Verto notices the Firebird in the sky and he summons Typhonis from the ocean floor. The Firebird flies over the coast and Verto throws his trident at it causing it to crash. Zack chase after Verto but he captures his and threatens to kill him, but Serge is there for the save. Goldar then tries to take out Verto but he gets freed and lands in the sea. This gives the chance for the Rangers, Serge and Britt to escape into a cave. Kim says that they should contact Zordon and Trini brings up that Zordon is getting weak and says that they should transfer the power back to him. They contact Zordon and Alpha then they say that they want to transfer the power back but Alpha says that their mission isn’t over but he says that they have good and bad news. Kim asks for the good news and that they found a way to give them more time to use his energy but he then wants to talk to them. He says that for them to win that she needs to have a full team together and this means for Kim to separate her power but Serge and Britta are transformed into the Blue and Red Rangers.

The Rangers walk out of the cave and they see Goldar just standing there. Goldar says that Verto must pay for what he has done and says that he needs their help to vanquish him. But Kim says that they will help him but they make the rules that Verto remains unharmed until he turns the villagers back to normal and he can then do what he wants to Verto and he agrees to their decision. The rangers then set up a safe spot at what I do think is Kim’s parent’s house, I don’t think there was an exterior shot before, and they plan to make it a safe area and get the remaining survivors back there. Goldar informs the rangers that he sees something coming and Kim tells the Rangers to meet her by the Firebird. The final page sees Verto on the shoulder of Typhonis with his army of Sea Creatures about to wage war on the Rangers and Goldar ending issue four.

Issue five begins with the Rangers fighting the Sea Creatures inside the town with Typhonis dealing with Goldar. Goldar tries to tries to damage Typhonis but it doesn’t seem to be doing that much damage and Kim asks if he wants any help, but he says he does want help but not nicely. Kim congratulates Britt and Serge since they are doing well containing the creatures in pit falls while she tells Zack and Trini to scale Typhonis so that can distract Verto. Kim then gets into the Firebird to help Goldar but Typhonis knocks her down with ease. Kim says that Plan B is on deck and calls in for an update from Serge and Britt. They say that they are working on monster control and Kim says that since the survivors are helping with the control for them to shift their focus now onto Typhonis.

Verto manages to capture Goldar in Typhonis hand and he says that he is going to destroy him and then take his place in Rita and Zedd’s army. Kim starts to freeze seeing Goldar in trouble since she can’t think of a plan but Alpha Five is here for the save. He manages to send them the Shark Cycles and has upgraded them with the power of flight. The Rangers take the fight to Typhonis manage to distract it rather well, Kim tries to go and save Goldar but Verto swats his hand and he manages to free Goldar as well as destroying Kim’s Shark Cycle. In free fall Trini tries to save Kim but Goldar saves her instead and they head over to the Firebird. Goldar manages to come up with the idea to draw the Firebird back to Typhonis and it manages to work, also for some reason Kim’s mom comes along. Kim contacts Britt and Serge and tells them to round up the rest of the monsters since they are inside Typhonis and she also tells Goldar that he can’t kill Verto.

Verto seems pleased that he thinks that he has taken out a Ranger and questions where the Yellow Rangers friends are and Goldar replies saying ‘Right here’. Kim’s mom rushes in at Verto and he says that he finds it foolish for him to bring a creature that he controls but Goldar makes another save, this just seems rather weird to see Goldar doing good. Kim knocks back Goldar and Kim’s mom holds Verto in place, Goldar turns off Typhonis and Kim tells the team that they have Verto. In the village, Kim demands Verto to change her mom back to normal and he does. Kim’s mom is rather curious on what has happened and asks about her fiancé and the Kim says that she will help her. Verto starts reversing his transformations on the villagers and Kim asks Trini and Zack to look after Goldar so that her, Serge and Britt can see their parents. Kim praises them for what they have done and they can’t wait to thank Zordon for the chance to be Rangers. Kim’s mom is shocked to see her there and asks where her stepfather is at and we see that the next person that gets changed back is him.

Kim heads back to where Zack and Trini where she takes away Goldar and Verto. Kim says that she is rather surprised that Verto changed the villagers back to normal and Verto says that they will never speak of this again and that Goldar is going to take him to Rita and Zedd. Goldar says that burying this mess is the best for everyone’s interests and he respects that she also saved his life. But his deal with Verto he says that it is the best interest to end this and he kills Verto. Kim seems rather shocked that he killed Verto and he says to Kim that if he finds out that she has told anyone on what he has done that he will kill her and her family. Kim heads back and she ends up finding Zack and Trini making out. Kim asks Trini how long this has been happening and we are lead to believe this has been happening since they left the Rangers. Serge and Britt reunite with them and Kim tells them what has happened and says that it is time to give the power back to Zordon. She says it’s time to call Alpha and Alpha appears just like that, he says that he has been contacted by the other rangers and he replays the message that they got.

Tommy says that they are off world and they are losing power quick and they need assistance fast, but more worrying he also says that Rita and Zedd have *blank* Zordon. Kat says to Tommy there is no use and that they must go and that’s the end of the transmission. Kim asks Alpha how long Zordon has left and he replies that they have roughly twelve hours left. Kim says that they have Typhonis in their control now and thinks that they would be able to go and help the Rangers off planet. Alpha was able to retrieve to co-ordinates for their location and tells them they must hurry and Britt asks what they will do now. Alpha says that they have sent some Zords to assist them and it is revealed that they are Tor and Titanus, they can assist Typhonis into space and then it’s up to the Rangers to do the rest. Kim tells Britt and Serge tells them that they might be new at this and says that it is morphin time ending issue five.

Issue six begins IN SPACE!!! Tommy and the current Ranger team are trapped on an alien planet where Rita and Zedd have manages to separate the Rangers from the Ninja-Falcon Megazord with the help of Serpentera, Lord Zedd’s personal Zord that is powerful to destroy a planet but drains of energy rather quickly. Tommy comes up with a plan to get back to the Zord with a plan to knock out the disruptor and plan on using the covering of the planets terrain to get there without alerting the Putties. They get further along and Kat then hears something approaching them and the Rangers react and see the Typhonis Ultrazord approaching the, with Tommy recognising Tor and Titanus. We then see inside the Zord and that Kim, Serge and Britt are inside Typhonis, Trini in Titanus and Zack in Tor.

Lord Zedd notes the arrival of the new Megazord and asks themmmprp10 to identify themselves with Kim replying that they are there to help the Rangers and says that they were sent by Zordon and Alpha. Tommy is glad about the help but also notes that with their arrival that Serpentera notices them. Tommy also has a plan noting that Serpentera has a device and needs Tor and Titanus to take it out. Kim then narrates to herself wondering if she would be as a confident leader like Tommy if she had stuck around. The Zords disengage and Zack heads directly to Serpentera and crashes right into it. Zack says he is okay and that he destroyed the disruptor and Typhonis was able to get the Rangers to the Megazord. But things are start to become more troubling as Britt notes that Serpentera has gotten past the defences of Tor and Titanus. Kim comes up with a plan to try and hold up Serpentera to make sure that the Rangers can get home. Kim braces the Zord from a direct attack and narrates on how that one hit would destroy Typhonis and hopes that Tommy can save them which he does. The Rangers do a roll call of their Ninjazords. Kim tells the Rangers to escape but Tommy says no and that both teams are going to get out of there alive.mmprp9 They punch Serpentera and manage to get away with Typhonis reverting to the Ultrazord formation and both Zords fly back to Earth.

Zack over the comms says that when they get back they should say that they were the ones who helped them but Kim says no that they need to return the energy to Zordon. Kim then narrates on how that she can contact Tommy by just pressing one button or by coming out of the Zord when they returned to Earth. But then she realises that a lot has changed since she left since she didn’t know that Tommy was off planet since what happened before. The Zords make their separate returns with the Rangers heading back to Angel Grove and Typhonis to St Moineau. Kim summons up Zordon and Alpha and says that it’s time to return the power to Zordon. He thanks them for what they did and Kim returns the sword. Trini asks what will happen to the Zords and that Typhonis will return to his hiding space and notes that the Zord is rather interesting and notes that Billy may be interested in it. But Alpha also gives them a parting gift a new communicator for all of them so that if another emergency were to happen they will be contacted. Britt thanks for Kim’s assistance in saving the town but Kim also thanks them as well.

Kim ends that panel by narrating the end but that isn’t really the end. We see her arriving back at her parent’s place and lying on her bed saying that when it comes to being a Power Ranger, is there ever an end and gets a message from Trini to meet at a Café where Zack is also there. At the café, Trini says that her and Zack are going to head Paris for a few says then back to the camp they were at but she seems rather hesitant since that she thinks that there is more that they can do. Kim agrees with what she says and that there is some rebuilding that is needed after the attack and if Britt and Serge had any questions about being Rangers answered. Kim does suggest that should go to Paris and Trini asks about her getting a vacation and replies that she is going to be staying here for a bit to spend more time with her mom, Britt and Serge. She also promises this time to stay more in touch with them since that they are family. Kim then heads over to Serge and Britt and asks them if they were mad for being Rangers for just a short time but they reply that they weren’t and that they were glad to be Rangers and being able to protect the town. They then say what they are going to be planning to do and Kin says that they will be good at what they are doing and that she is going to keep in contact with them since being a Ranger is being a family.

Kim narrates that she has taken what the others are doing and that being a Ranger isn’t the only way to be a hero. But for some reason she feels different about being a hero and feels rather guilty about it. She then goes on to what it would have been if they didn’t help Tommy and the others and that she wouldn’t have even known if he would be alive if she didn’t help and it makes her sick not knowing that.mmprp11 She then says that she should know this since that Tommy is an active Ranger and she thinks that what he would only see him as being a Ranger and she wishes that she had the same kind of certainty as hi. One year later we see Kim training in Miami and we see her then writing her ‘Dear John’ letter that she is trying to write to Tommy but she is seeming to have a problem writing it. On the final page, we see Kim narrating what I take to be what she wants to write to Tommy but not what she sends to him, it is rather emotional and we see Kim riding off into the sunset ending the series.

Overall I do like this series since it was interesting since we pretty much didn’t know what happened to Kimberly, as well as Trini and Zack, during their time when they were no longer rangers and we also see the reason on why Kim sent the letter to Tommy during Power Rangers Zeo pretty much doing a better retcon than what the writers of the show did. The writing for the series is good throughout but in some places, it does seem out of place. But there are two other things that I do like about the series. The first is the relationship that Trini and Zack have since that it is something new that the show didn’t do since that they were more focused on the Tommy/Kim relationship and that Zack and Trini had a run of bad relationships in the show. The second thing that I liked about the series and that is the possible hinting that Boom Studios could be making another miniseries this time focusing around Jason since that in this Zordon says that he was on a secret mission and I think that would make a good story.

Overall Score 8/10

Vader Down Review

A couple of years I decided to pick up a mini-series that crossed the Star Wars titles that Marvel had released for Vader Down, mainly with the premise of Darth Vader crashing on a planet that has a rebel base. Plus, this is the series that before Rouge One has one of the Vader scenes that has been seen. And out of the two I prefer this over Rouge One.

Part one of the series begins with a text crawl. This gives the background from the previous events happening in the series since the first part is a one shot instead of being part of the Darth Vader series. The crawl says that Vader discovered that Luke Skywalker was the Rebel that was responsible for blowing up the Death Star as well as knowing that he is Luke’s father. It also goes on to say that Luke doesn’t know that Vader is his father and that he is with the Rebel Alliance but also found a journal that Ben Kenobi had and he began to investigate any information of the Jedi’s. The crawl ends with Vader receiving information from Dr Aphra who found out that Luke is at a Jedi Temple on Vrogas Vas.

The issue actually starts with the image of Vader’s TIE Fighter going through hyperspace with Dr Aphra informing him about the planet Vrogas Vas saying that it is a barren world with no native life forms. Vader asks if there had been anything from Commander Karbin, who turns out to be a Mon Calamari, same race as Admiral Ackbar, who was assigned by the Emperor to find the pilot that blew up the Death Star and that they believe that he doesn’t know that it was Luke that blew it up. Vader then says that he will need to deal with Karbin after he has Luke and he comes out of hyperspace. Arriving in a two-page spread of Vader arriving in front of a three squadrons of X-Wings. vader-down-5The leader of Blue Squadron reports in saying that the drills are cancelled and that they only think that this TIE is just a scout. Vader informs Aphra about the Rebel’s and that he better hope that this isn’t a trap. Aphra says that she would never send Vader into a trap since it would seem like suicide and tells him to get out of there but Vader says that he can sense Luke on the planet. Aphra tries to speak through but it comes out distorted and just says that he is a lord of the Sith and that the pilots should be the ones who run. Blue squadron starts their assault on Vader but it proves to be useless as Vader in his TIE is able to out manoeuvre them with ease and he manages to destroy the squadron. The remaining X-Wings make their attack on Vader and Aphra tries to get in contact with Vader to find that the contact is lost.

In another two page spread we see Vader taking on Yellow Squadron with one of the fighters informing that Vader has deflector shields and tries to focus fire on something but couldn’t continue after being shot down. The fighters then send out a barrage of torpedoes but Vader being the awesome character that he is uses his force powers and diverts the torpedoes around him hitting the remaining members of Yellow Squadron. From the view of one fighter Vader is seen flying from the explosions and chatter asking if there was anyone left from Yellow and that they can’t believe that this is happening since that it is just one man and the person from in the cockpit says that the pilot of the TIE is Vader, the pilot being revealed to be Luke. Red Leader (I think) asks Luke if he has a visual confirmation but he says no but can sense that he is the pilot in the TIE. Red Leader says that it doesn’t matter and that Vader is outnumbered and that they can come up with a strategy to beat him but Luke intervenes saying that he knows what Vader is like as a pilot and says that they won’t be able to stop him. Luke then breaks off and decides to take Vader on one-on-one. Vader tries to shoot Luke down noting that this is a pilot worth killing but then sense that the pilot is actually Luke. Luke rams into Vader’s TIE and they are both sent crashing to the planet’s surface and Vader says that if Luke is truly strong with the force it will not kill him. Red Leader announces that Vader Down and says that he is now on Vrogas Vas and asks for assistance from available alliance forces for assistance. He then goes on to say that Vader is alone with his comms jammed and that the price of him being apprehended came at a steep price leading to a two-page spread of Red Squadron passing the remains of the pilots and debris that Vader had caused. On the planet surface of Vrogas Vas we discover that the rebels have a secret refuelling base and that a station wide alert saying that all infantry is to move out to apprehend Vader.

On a Rebel Ship Han Solo is talking to Princess Leia about Darth Vader being taken down over Vrogas Vas and that they are going there to get Vader to give the Emperor a disadvantage. Leia then goes on to say that the base there have gone mobile to apprehend Vader and that she is sending General Dodonna with a battalion to back them up. Han interrupts saying that she should reconsider what they are doing but then realises that Luke is at Vrogas Vas. Han asks Leia something that seems rather vague with Leia responding that Luke would understand the situation and that Vader is the priority here. I think that this could do with something that happened in the main Star Wars series that I haven’t had a chance to get around to reading yet. Leia heads off towards some ships (possibly the Millennium Falcon) and Han says that Vader isn’t his priority but then tells Chewbacca to get the Falcon ready for flight. Cutting over to the cockpit of the Falcon, Chewie, Leia, C3PO and Han are getting ready to head out with C3PO starting to say that he has a rather bad feeling but Han cuts him of saying that we all do showing a panel of a fleet of ships preparing to head to Vrogas Vas.

Back over to Aphra, she has intercepted Rebel communications and confirms that Vader had been shot down over Vrogas Vas but no word if he was dead or alive. She then goes on to say that she doesn’t know what is worse but she has to go after him either way and seems rather worried if Vader is dead to be then cut off by Triple-0 that they should just murder everyone that they encounter. She then says that they are going to be flying into a nest of Rebel Troops and that he can have his bloodlust satisfied there.

On the ground of Vrogas Vas three grey Y-Wings head over to the remains of the crash site where Vader landed. They don’t notice if he is alive but they notice and they commence their attack on him. But Vader uses his force powers to hurl the debris of his TIE and throw it at the attacking Y-Wings taking them out with ease. With Luke he and R2D2 survive their crash and with Luke thinking that Vader may have not have survived and seeing an explosion (most likely the Y-Wings) and tells Artoo that his original plans of learning to be a Jedi has to wait since he needs to help his friends, as we see Luke and Artoo passing a Jedi Temple. Back with Vader he realises the reason why Luke came here but he gets interrupted by the rebels from the near-by base to lay down his weapons since he is surrounded and on another two page spread we see Vader surrounded by a legion of troops saying that he is only surrounded by fear and dead men wielding his lightsabre ending the first part.   

Part two continues off in the page of Darth Vader #13 opening with a splash page with Vader standing surrounded by Rebel soldiers as they ask him to surrender. vader-down-1Vader replies saying very well and then tells them to lower their weapons and that they won’t be harmed and then uses his force powers to activate the grenades on the soldiers, blowing them up. One of the Rebels fires a rocket of some sort (from a tank I think) and Vader reflects it and destroying another vehicle and it manages to cause a large smokescreen and Vader starts killing the Rebels in the low visual area.

With the Falcon on Vrogas Vas, Leia and Han are updated about what has happened so far. Han asks him how they brought down Vader and the soldier replies saying that it was Skywalker who rammed into Vader causing them both to crash on the planet and they don’t know if that Luke is dead since that they have used most of their manpower to deal with Vader. Leia arranges for a group of Rebels to get Speeders ready for deployment but Han says that they should focus on finding Luke. But Leia responds saying Vader watched what happened to Alderaan and that this may be our one chance for justice (and together we can be justice). Han asks to lend a Speeder but Leia isn’t giving him one since that she is using all of her resources to get Vader. Han seems to be rather disappointed by this and he and Chewie decides to go and rescue Luke with the Falcon.

Back with Aphra she is seen conversing with someone over channels but not much is known. Triple-0 asks if he should set out some weapons but she says no and asks him to bring up the visuals on the targets with Triple-0 bringing up information on the main Rebels that being Luke, Han, Leia, R2D2 and C3PO. Aphra asks on how they were going to handle Han and Triple-0 asks if he is fearsome but she then replies that she has never heard of him and decide to focus back on rescuing Vader.

vader-down-6Leia starts her command for the Rebel base and asks for a report with a troop of rebels arriving at the site to discover Vader’s crashed TIE. The say that there is no sign of him there and Leia asks for a report from the Speeders with two of them saying that they have nothing but we then see that the third as their sights on Vader and Leia says for the pilot to attack Vader. The rebels at the crash site inform Leia that the TIE had been stripped and that the Blaster Array had been taken. We then see the Speeder being shot down and Vader saying that the Rebels will not keep him from Luke.

Luke notices the Speeder being shot down and says that this is his fault and says believes that if he hit Vader straight on he would be dead. Aphra manages to land on the planet and discovers where Luke is, wondering into the Jedi Temple and plans on capturing him to get back in Vader’s good graces. Triple-0 says that he is looking forward for human hunting but Aphra cuts him off since that Luke managed to go one-on-one with Boba Fett and came out on top. She then spouts off a list of ideas before heading back into the ship and pulling out and item. Luke inside the temple notices writing in the temple that apparently was made with a lightsabre and starts feeling something and starts getting a vison of two lights saying that one was Ben and then another, darker light and him designating that one Anakin. Luke tries to concentrate on the lights but then looks back to see the lights now gone and a voice saying ‘excuse me master’ revealing C3PO. Luke goes over to him but R2 goes rather haywire and alerting and Luke turns around to then get shocked by C3PO who actually turns out to be Triple-0 who says that he is going to kill R2 ending part two.

Part three continues on in the pages of Star Wars #13. The issue opens with Triple-0 saying that R2 is defending his master. He then gets BeeTee to communicate with R2 where it appears that they being rather fowl-mouthed to each other and they both draw their weapons, R2 with his laser cutter and BeeTee pulling out a plethora of heavy weaponry R2 realises that he is outmatched and runs away with BeeTee shooting at them. Han is flying over the planet looking for Luke and notices a large explosion over a ridge and heads over that way to see that BeeTee has just went nuts. Triple-0 also a little bit nuts wants to take some of Luke’s blood but Aphra says that the blood stays where it is and says that she can hear a ship to then hear a voice telling to ‘drop the kid or I’ll drop you’ and Triple-0 wanting now to drain that person’s blood and Aphra guess that the person targeting them is Han Solo. Han seeming surprised this and Aphra says that she heard about him five minutes ago saying that he has a number of bounties on his head and that if he was Han that he would have shot first and give warning later. Aphra then tells Han her name and that he recognises it but says that he hasn’t heard it.

Aphra tells Han to back slowly away from them and says that she will kill Luke with Triple-0 before Han can even make a move. But Han interrupts her and asks how her droid will kill Luke if he doesn’t have any arms. Aphra questions his threat and Triple-0 recalls that he forgot to bring up some information that Han has an associate and he tries to recall the race, Aphra reveals the race being a Wookie and notices Chewie standing behind him. In the next panel Chewie rips off the arm of Triple-0 who then drops Luke down and goes towards Chewie. Aphra tries to blast Han and vice versa.

Back at the Rebel Base, Delta Squad prepare to head out and Leia is going to lead them with both a Commander and C3PO both saying that she should stay here and act as over watch. But Leia rallies up the troops and heads out to find Vader and this time she says that this time it is shoot to kill. Back with Luke he starts waking up and sees R2 being chased by BeeTee when Luke then kicks BeeTee sending him over a small cliff. Luke asks R2 what has been happening but doesn’t get any response but gets chased by BeeTee and the two of them run away. Chewie is then beating up Triple-0 with his own arm, I really want to know what is up with Chewie ripping the arms off people since that a deleted scene from The Force Awakens shows him ripping off the arm of an alien. Chewie knocks him down on the ground and he starts to exposit saying that not all Protocol droids have 500 mg of Mandalorian xenotox in their middle finger and stabs Chewie with him. We then get a panel from the point of view of Chewie where he seems to be tripping and seeing multiple Triple-0 and falls down.

Aphra continues her blaster fight with Han and Han questions if she was supposed to be smart since that she was standing underneath a hive of wasp-worms but when we go to the next panel we see that there is a nest also right above where Han is positioned. They both fire their shots aiming for the hives and they both hit releasing the wasp-worms on them.  They both then get covered with wasp-worms and Han quotes Indiana Jones saying ‘not wasp-worms anything but wasp-worms’ and they both end up colliding with each other. Triple-0 tries to get the killing blow in a downed Chewie but then gets his other arm cut off and Triple-0 complains about them going after his arms and Luke stabs him through the chest.

Luke helps Chewie out of the cave and notices Han. He manages to wake him up and Luke thanks him for rescuing him. Even though he got stabbed in the chest, Triple-0 is still working and talks to BeeTee saying that they have killed Aphra and that they were going to betray her and kill her themselves but since they don’t have anyone to lead them Triple-0 order BeeTee to kill them. Artoo moves towards BeeTee and squirts the purple stuff from the Sunny D commercial which causes BeeTee to be blinded and then he goes berserk firing his weapons.

vader-down-2Back with the Rebels going after Vader things aren’t looking too good as they have massive casualties and that Vader has taken out their tanks and that the rest of the team are not doing so well. Leia is with two remaining soldiers and she says that they need to keep going but they meet a rather quick death being force choked by Vader who ends up confronting Leia ending part three.  

Part four continues in the pages of Darth Vader #14. The issue begins with C3PO alone by one of the transport ships and gets contacted by Han Solo saying that they have found Luke however Leia isn’t that good since she found Vader. Back with Aphra she wakes up and gets contacted by somebody that she just refers to the hairy cavalry. She then tells her droids to follow Skywalker and co to watch where they go and she tells the hairy cavalry the same.

Back with Leia and Vader she says that Vader is going to pay for his crimes. Vader responds to her says that her end won’t be the same as Alderaan but he then gets distracted by something that he can sense coming towards then and asks if she thinks that they can ambush a lord of the Sith. Leia seems to be confused by this and uses this as a chance to run away. Vader tells her to run and lure Luke to him. Leia manages to reunite with C3PO where he asks her where everyone is and she replies that they’re dead. She then tells C3PO to head to where Luke’s last position was and he questions her and she then proceeds to communicate with any other pilots to converge on her point since that she thinks Vader will be following her to her position and to fire all their weapons. C3PO says that it will be certain death but focusing more about how it could be Leia’s death. As C3PO heads off Leia tells him to tell Luke and Han that she is sorry.

Back with Han and Luke, they get Chewie on board the Falcon where the comfort Chewie who is still poisoned and hear what Leia is planning to do. Han says that it’s time to save-all-his-friends-day and informs Leia that the Falcon is in its way and that they are not going to let her make her sacrifice. vader-down-7But they get knocked down by another ship and the crash back down on the planet where they discover another Wookie, this one called Krrsantan and Han think that he is here for the bounty that Jabba has on his head. But it looks like that he is not hear for Han but instead is here for Chewie and they start fighting. Luke manages to get out of the crashed Falcon and Han tells him to go and save Leia. Han says that he and Chewie can deal with Krrsantan since they have the numbers advantage and he then sees Chewie being held above Krrsantan.

C3PO heading through the desert comes across Triple-0 and BeeTee thinking that it in fact Luke. He asks Triple-0 if he can help him and replies Triple-0 notices that he is the same type of droid and tells BeeTee to take him out. Triple-0 thanks BeeTee for his assistance and we now see that he is possession of C3PO’s arms. Back with Leia, Vader arrives at her location asking if he thought her friends would have saved her but Leia replies that they won’t save her but end him and pushes a button. We then cut over to see a squadron of Y-Wings flying over confirming that they had received the signal and Luke noticing that he is too late. Amber Wing lines up a shot to go for Vader but gets shot down by a TIE fighter and several more appear in the sky. The pilot that crashed down on the surface tells somebody to stay the hell away, possibly having the audience think that it could be Vader but in the next panels we see the pilot shoot and a purple lightsabre reflecting the shot and knocking the blaster out of the pilot’s hand. The pilot doesn’t understand and the mysterious wielder says that none of them understand the most elementary tactics and then stabs him with the lightsabre. The figure then says that if the pilot killed Vader he wins and if Vader kills them all he still wins. We then see that the wielder is in fact Commander Karbin, who looks rather robotic, with a Star Destroyer, Imperial Shuttles and TIE fighters arriving in the planet ending part four.

Part five continues in the pages of Star Wars #14. Leia talks to Vader about that how no matter how many soldiers that he sends into battle that the he will never stop the rebellion. Vader says that this isn’t a war but an execution and that Leia’s is long overdue. Vader then brings up the fact that the soldiers that are surrounding them are not his soldiers and that he didn’t call for reinforcements. It turns out that the soldiers are under the control of Karbin. Karbin says that Leia is not going to be put out of her misery but Vader. He then says to Vader that he realised that Vader was being set up to take out the Rebels and for him to swoop in and take the ultimate prize for himself, the prize being Luke. Vader stops Karbin’s troopers saying that he won’t be having any prizes and that he will have a quick death and pulls out his lightsabre. Karbin’s arm’s separate his arms to pull off a design similar to General Grievous and the two of them duel as Leia runs off.

Chewie and Krrsantan are still brawling with each other and Han tires to get a shot at Krrsantan but he throws Chewie at him and knocks the gun out of his hand. Krrsantan manages to get the gun from Han and knocks him away. R2 makes his way to Han where he finds out that R2 never gave Chewie his shot yet and realises that’s why he is getting the crap beaten out of him. Krrsantan holds up a giant rock and plans to kill Chewie with it but R2 manages to shoot Chewie who manages to Hulk Up and punches the rock in the face of Krrsantan and continues to beat him up.

Luke on trying to find Leia finds him back at the Jedi Temple he starts to feel the force around him and hears a voice calling his name. Luke asks if it is Ben and he says that he found his journal on Tatooine and that he read about the temple on the planet thinking that there is something hear that they can use, but the voice says that he shouldn’t have come here as he was not here and that he is not ready yet. Luke asks him how he does get ready but he doesn’t get much of a reply as Stormtroopers have surrounded him. The Stormtroopers start shooting at him and Luke manages to get cover to start fining back and we see that Triple-0 and BeeTee have found Luke. BeeTee communicates with Triple-0 saying that organics are always trying to kill each other and Aphra communicates to him asking if they had found Luke. He informs her that they have found Luke and she tells him that they aren’t Vader’s troops and that they can’t let Luke fall into their hands and he and BeeTee have to do whatever they have to. BeeTee rolls in and uses a flamethrower to take out the Stormtroopers.

Back with Vader and Karbin continuing their duel Karbin says that he has the upper hand since that he had the upper-hand with wielding four lightsabres to Vader’s one. But with Karbin’s arrogance comes his fall as Vader uses his force tactics to use by pushing him away and throwing a statue on him. vader-down-4Vader then manages to slash off one of his arms and Karbin runs away into a cave to hide. Inside the cave Vader starts to hear the voices of the past saying that he was supposed to be the chosen one but he just says that it is just ghosts. Karbin then manages to get the drop on Vader and says that he will take his place at the Emperors side and they continue on with their duel.

Back with Chewie beating up Krrsantan and Han gets into contact with Luke asking he had found Leia and that they needed to get off the planet. Luke tells Han that there are Stormtroopers everywhere and then he gets whacked in the back of the head by a gun. Han tries to leave but he is then caught by Krrsantan. C3PO manages to re-join with R2 and tells him what has happened to him. He then says that he is going to try and get into communication with Leia saying that Luke has been captured by Stormtroopers, the situation being rather grim and suggesting that they would retreat, but Leia doesn’t respond. In the final splash page of the issue we see Vader continuing his fight with Karbin but Leiavader-down-3 standing behind him aiming her gun at him.

The final part of the series finishes in Darth Vader #15. The issue opens up on a splash page with Vader and Karbin continuing their duel. C3PO continues to get into contact with Leia and we see multiple panels of Leia and what appears to be Alderaan exploding and tells C3PO to help Han and that they are going to get off the planet. Back with Vader and Karbin fighting, Vader gets informed by Aphra that Karbin’s men have got Luke and they are heading on a transport. Aphra wants to help Vader and he seems rather hesitant at first but then does accept her help and tells her what to do.

Back over with Han’s group C3PO asks Krrsantan to stop what he was doing to Han and ties to come up with a logical approach on dealing with him, but that doesn’t work as well. Krrsantan punches C3PO and that causes Krrsantan to be shocked in the process.

Vader tries to get away from Karbin and Karbin jumps towards to Vader. Karbin says that there is no running from the future but Vader replies saying that there isn’t going to be a future for Karbin as we see Aphra’s ship starting to crash down onto him. Aphra manages to eject from the ship and Vader kills Karbin. Aphra asks if she is in Vader’s good books but she will only be there if she can get Luke.

C3PO wakes up after being punched by Krrsantan and Han notices an Imperial Shuttle heading off betting that Luke is on it. Vader also notices the shuttle flying off and he uses his force powers to bring it down. Han and co. head in the direction of the of the crash shuttle and find Luke alive with barely a scratch on him. Han asks Luke if there was anyone on his tail but Luke says no and we then see two panels of Triple-0 and BeeTee taking out Imperial Guards.

They head back to the Falcon and find that Krrsantan has disappeared and that it has been patched up. Aphra comes out and says that she has planted a micro-bomb minefield around the Falcon and she has the trigger in her hand. She tells them to drop their weapons, which they do, and Han asks what she wants in which she replies that she doesn’t want to be thrown into Deep Space. Aphra message Vader that she has Luke and that she will extract them in the Falcon. Luke and Han are surprised that she actually does work for Vader and Han asks her if she really does know anything. She replies with the things that I could tell you but then is cut off with a punch to face delivered by Leia. Leia tells to get her on board as a prisoner since that she may have something of value and that Han knew that she would have never abandon them. In the Falcon they head off the planet, Luke talks about his experience in the Jedi Temple and that he was close to something but he’ll never know. The final splash page of the of the comic sees Vader staring at the Falcon.

For the first time that I have picked up the Marvel imprint of the new Star Wars series I was rather hesitant since I didn’t know what I was going to get myself into but after reading it. It did make me want to pick up the series vader-down(which I should get around to actually doing at some point) since that the story does flow rather well, actually it read the same way that the Night of the Monster Men series did that I reviewed last year, it had a flowing narrative and there was a lot of consistency through each of the different issues. I think the only downside that I have to it was not reading the stories that came before this just to get more used to the characters new and old, but none the less it is a good series to read.