(Source: NeverThinkImpossible.com)
(Source: NeverThinkImpossible.com)

Perhaps I should start calling this feature Digital Comics Review. Then again, I can’t really spare the title length. The Dark Horse app recently added a much needed feature with the Download manager. It finally offers a much needed overall view of all download transactions in progress and gives you the option of stopping each.

Don’t get me wrong, it is quite an improvement. I had recently commented on the lack of such an option as I’m sure other did. As much as I applaud the effort there’s room to grow.

They got that right: it’s a Download feature that will give you an individual status on each item being downloaded with the ability to stop it.

Missing: It’s a very thin progress line. Why not include the size of the download progress vs the total size for each item? It would give you a clue as to which download to stop if the user is being conservative about bandwidth or remaining free space. If that’s too demanding at least a percentage would make it a lot better.

You might consider: Add mini icons of the cover of each item to spice up this screen.

Still, all and all an excellent addition that makes the app more appealing for dedicated fans that carry several collections with them.

(Source: Dark Horse Comics)
(Source: Dark Horse Comics)

I’m up to date with Star Wars #13 and Star Wars #14 this week. We get a side story away from the Rebel Alliance and into Vader’s own mission to discover who Colonel Bircher was, how he infiltrated the ranks of the Empire, how he took command of the Devastator and punish all those responsible and few more that were tainted by events.

The story is told from the point of view of Ensign Nanda. She gets pulled by Vader to pilot, assist, research… she’s a one-woman band in this operation (try working on IT in South America, you’ll know how it feels). How exactly does the Dark Lord know she’s competent beyond her rank is a mystery, so we’ll use the Force for that one. He also pulls six elite squad stormtroopers and follows the leads all while trying to keep the Emperor at bay until his mission is complete.

The Sith Lord does make an ominous presence in these pages, and you can very much feel Nanda’s hairs in her neck rise when he walks in the room. We also get glimpses into Darth Vader’s own mind as the still very recent battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi has left the man once known as Anakin Skywalker with one stowaway in his psyche: he still hears the old Jedi Knight in his mind.

I know in the ways of the force, it’s actually Ben but I’d actually prefer if it turns not to be him and it’s just Vader’s conscience taking Obi-Wan’s voice. It’s more of an insight if it’s not magic. I like that the Dark Lord eventually uses his memories and the visions of his last encounter with his old master to figure out the full name of the pilot that took down the Death Star. Darth Vader may have always been pictured as unforgiving and strict but never rash nor blind. Or at least that’s how I’ve always seen the character.

Recommended. I really liked the affair ends for Nanda. It’s like she makes a deal with the devil and is left shattered.

(Source: Dark Horse Digital)
(Source: Dark Horse Digital)

I also decided to try out the bundle for Star Wars: Agent of the Empire. This time we get Agent Jahan Cross. I get that we’re going for the James Bond vibe but… I can’t help but picture young James Coburn in Our Man Flint specially with the Star Wars settings and the white hair. It just has that that 70’s look and feel to all it. It works for me and I think the comic should embrace it, however this series originally came out in 2011 so I’m a little late giving advice… and probably review as well.

Jahan Cross (how many Star Wars names start with J?) is a member of the Imperial Intelligence, answering to Director Armand Isard himself. His greatest weapon is his droid IN-GA 44, an advanced machine that is not only both a computer and a protocol droid combined, but also has firepower and flight capabilities.

For all the imperial corruption he seems to uncover, Jahan doesn’t cross (ha!) paths with the Rebel Alliance in this adventure. He does however run into an old friend turned smuggler. Han Solo, Chewie and the Falcon appear to provide Jahan with a much needed getaway more than once in the this comic book.

Recommended. I’ll definitely be picking up the next arc, Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Hard Targets in bundle as well.

(Source: Dark Horse Digital)