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Title: Darth Vader (2017-) #4
Author: Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.95/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: August 5, 2017
Book Summary: Vader's first mission isn't going well. The dark side is the way of power. But no one said it would be easy.
Book Review: Real Rating: 4.95

This issue picks up right where three left off. We find Vader at the bottom of the cliffs. He has been torn to pieces from his fight with the Jedi Master and he is struggling to keep himself alive. Using pieces of debris from various left over parts of droids he and the Jedi Master tossed over the cliffs during their fight, Vader slowly starts to rebuild his armor.

The scene changes to that of the Jedi Master, who is in the city. He has come to reclaim the ship he had left here sometime ago. He has a new mission now and that is to go out there and find the Sith Lord that sent Vader out and destroy him. Afterward, he hopes to rebuild the Jedi Order. Unfortunately all that will have to wait. You see since he placed himself in a quite a long time of an exile, his ship has been sitting there kinda not being used. Because of this, it will need a bit of a tune up. While discussing matters of the ship, the Jedi Master feels a stir within the force.

We find Vader has not only climbed back up the mountain but he has also rebuilt himself. During the fight between himself and the Jedi Master, Vader has realized exactly what is the Jedi Master's weakness - his compassion for life. Vader decides that he will use this against him and begins to crush the dam. This causes the Jedi to run out and face Vader again. The Jedi Master pleads with Vader to take his life, rather than the life of those below the dam. Unfortunately for the Jedi Master, Vader does just that and also takes the lives of those who lived below the dam. All this and the Jedi Master's lightsaber.

This issue was interesting. Not only was Vader forced to rebuild himself but the idea that someone had managed to one up him caused him to realize that he had a lot more to work on - especially his human emotions - in order to fully become a Sith Lord. He now has the Jedi Master's lightsaber and kyber crystal. Does this crystal become part of his lightsaber? That seems to remain to be seen. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next issue.