All I kept thinking while I was reading this was, “You mad, bro?” Tim Siedell is a good writer; this mini-series just didn’t float my boat as well as it could have.
Ninth Assassin takes place a few months after Return of the Jedi in the Star Wars timeline.
Here’s another one that I wish I had more to say about. Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin was a bit all over the place. Sometimes I had to check myself to realize that it had suddenly changed whose story it was following. I mean, sometimes it told me, “Meanwhile…” which made sense, but other times…anyway, it was okay. I wasn’t that thrilled with it. Don’t get me wrong, I have Star Wars tattoos, and I love the universe, but for some reason, the comics are hit or miss for me. This one was miss, and then turned into hit…ish.
Basically, you follow the “ninth assassin,” who is ninth (obviously) in a line of those who have tried to succeed at the task. I’m still not sure what happened to him. I mean, I think I know, but he seemed like such a badass that I’d like to think I’m wrong. I know that’s vague, but I don’t want to spoil his whole plot. “Meanwhile…” we follow Darth Vader’s quest to uncover a plot against the emperor. This storyline takes you to an old island that was supposedly abandoned years ago, but isn’t. Here, we encounter some very ugly, strange beings. I won’t tell you any more than that, because I don’t want to give anything away. Oh, and both characters are very angry people throughout the whole story, hence the, “you mad, bro?”
I got really into what was going on when I got towards the end. Then it ended suddently, and I was left thinking, “that’s it”? It was a decent story, but I expect more from Star Wars. If you want to give it a read, purchase it here from Dark Horse.