Star Wars
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader's first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture's most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own solo adventures — showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor's secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don't want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more! Collecting DARTH VADER #1-6.

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TitleStar Wars
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 20th, 2015
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139780785192558
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GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Sequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Marvel, Fiction

Star Wars Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Darth Vader, right?!Whoo-hoo!Um. Soooo. I should probably go ahead and mention that I'm not a Star Wars junkie. While I loved the three original movies (whatever the #'s are), I'm sort of ambivalent about everything that came after them. I got really excited for the one that had Jar-Jar in it - as I think we all did! But after sitting through whateverthehell that depressing, badly acted, CGI nonsense of a movie I watched in that dark, smelly theater back in 1999? With every retarded screen wipe Darth Vader, right?!Whoo-hoo!Um. Soooo. I should probably go ahead and mention that I'm not a Star Wars junkie. While I loved the three original movies (whatever the #'s are), I'm sort of ambivalent about everything that came after them. I got really excited for the one that had Jar-Jar in it - as I think we all did! But after sitting through whateverthehell that depressing, badly acted, CGI nonsense of a movie I watched in that dark, smelly theater back in 1999? With every retarded screen wipe a tiny part of my childhood died. And I've never really managed to regain my initial love for the franchise. Yeah, Force Awakes was kinda cool, but...eh. I'm good with pretending that Luke, Leia, and Han are all still hugging and waving goodbye from Midget Wookie Planet. <--or whateverthefuck it was called.And now you know my secret shame.Point is, if you're a HUGE Star Wars fan, the kind reads the books, the graphic novels, and maybe even defends Hayden Christensen's acting skills? Then I feel you have the right to know I don't have the foggiest fuck whether or not this was a good addition to the comics - much less to the canon of the series.Anyway, this takes place after Luke and Vader have their first confrontation & Luke pulls off the Pew, Pew! thing that blows up the big planet killer weapon - it was the Death Star, right? Yeah. I'm like, 99% sure it was! Wait. Then what the hell was it that the Rebels trying to destroy in the last movie? Because I thought that was the Death Star, too. Was it a bigger Death Star? DS 2.0!?I can't remember and, more importantly, it doesn't matter.Real fans already know, and the rest of you don't give a shit.So, this tells the story of all the behind the scenes tomfoolery happening with Darth Vader right before Palpatine zaps him and it's revealed that he was actually Humpty Dumpty posing as a Sith Lord.I'm sure that this was peppered with characters and references that I missed, but even a lesser-geek such as myself recognized a few familiar faces. Jabba!That art was cool, right? I mean, really slick! The characters looked like the characters from the movies and everything was all nice and shiny. It was really the high point of the comic for me. And the low point? There really wasn't one. It was easy enough to read, I just...don't want to read about Star Wars, that's all. Which isn't the comic's fault!Which bring us to why I was reading this.See, I'm doing this Daisy Chain buddy read with a few Shallow friends, and Sam Quixote - a godlike comic reviewer - handed me this particular daisy. Those of you who regularly read comic reviews on this site are certain to have come across his stuff and are well aware of his fantastic wit and humor.(view spoiler)[Yes. I did, in fact, lose a bet and was required to call him a god. It happens to the best of us, now let's move on and never speak of this again. Although, oddly enough after all these years, I actually meant every word of it. Awwww! Come here and gimme a hug!PS - Sam, I'm Princess Leia and you're the hairy Wookie in this scenario. (hide spoiler)]Now, if y'all know Sam, then you probably know he's a big Star Wars fan. So I don't know whether he genuinely thought I'd like to read this and was attempting to be nice, if he knew this was the last comic in the world I'd like to read but thought I'd like it if I gave it a shot, or if he was just being the same squirrely dick that I've always known, who saw his golden opportunity to fuck me over and took it. And I'll probably never know. But that's the story of how I ended up here today.In case you can't tell by this rambling non-review review, I have no idea what to think of this comic. It's, um, about Star Wars and the art is really nice. Oh, and it didn't suck as badly as I thought it would.GLORIOUS VENGEANCE! <--ok, more like petty revenge, but it's one of those once in a lifetime, beautiful, perfect reprisals. Twilight...ahahahahaha!
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  • Alejandro
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side of the Force is strong in this one! I got this run on its single comic book issues but I am doing the review using this TPB edition to make a better general review about the whole story. The story is set after the events of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” but before the events of “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”. This TPB edition contains from the title of “Star Wars: Darth Vader” #1-6 in its new Marvel Canonic run.Creative Team:Writer: Keiron GillenIllustrator: Salvador Larroca The Dark Side of the Force is strong in this one! I got this run on its single comic book issues but I am doing the review using this TPB edition to make a better general review about the whole story. The story is set after the events of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” but before the events of “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”. This TPB edition contains from the title of “Star Wars: Darth Vader” #1-6 in its new Marvel Canonic run.Creative Team:Writer: Keiron GillenIllustrator: Salvador Larroca YOU DON’T KNOW THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE! Keiron Gillen is doing a superb job bringing into the front, the side (The Dark Side!) of the story involving Darth Vader where you can get into his head and realizing the struggles in his conflictive mind. Salvador Larroca again prove that he is an artista of thousand styles, since unlike most of the comic book artists that they developed certain recognizale style, Salvador Larroca is in constant movement re-inventing his own style. FALL FROM GRACE Darth Vader has been the loyal apprentice of Darth Sidious (aka Emperor Palpatine) and he has proved to be an effective instrument to enforce the politics and strategies of the Galactic Empire.However, The Death Star was blown to pieces in his watch......Bummer!Now, the Emperor isn’t pleased (to say the least!) and he is putting Vader now under the command of Grand Admiral Tagge (Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Starfleet).The worse is that Vader notices that Palpatine is developing some kind of operation without his knowledge. GO VADER TEAM! It’s evident to Vader that with Palpatine keeping secrets from him and Grand Admiral Tagge pulling his rank over him, that Vader needs his own private team.Vader hires from Jabba the Hutt, two of his best bounty hunters, one that most of you are acquaintance with him and his vast supply of Mandalorian gadgets and one big hulky Wookie with dark hair. Two bounty hunters but two separate missions.But those bounty hunters are hardly of trust. Vader needs a private team with unquestionable loyalty to him, therefore...Enter: Dr. Aphra!Dr. Aphra is a human female with a deep knowledge about droids...Enter: 000 (Triple-Zero) and BT!Now, Vader has his own protocol droid (with knowledge of six million of killing techniques!) and a blastodroid disguised as astromech (with a vast supply of weapons!).And thanks to Dr. Aphra, now Vader also has his private team of battle droids loyal only to him.Vader is still deep into the Dark Side of the Force......but is Palpatine too? Secrets and lies aren’t the issue, but heresy about following the path of the Dark Side of the Force? That’s something that Vader will have to meditate what must be the proper reaction...
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  • Sean Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of long-running comic series focused on diabolical evildoers. Writing a series with a bad guy—not an antihero, mind you, but a legit villain—as the main character involves a high degree of difficulty. As much as we love compelling foes for our heroes, ultimately, we want the heroes to win out because, let’s face it, you can only be so sympathetic toward a guy whose favorite hobbies include things like, in the case of Darth Vader, using the Force to crush peop There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of long-running comic series focused on diabolical evildoers. Writing a series with a bad guy—not an antihero, mind you, but a legit villain—as the main character involves a high degree of difficulty. As much as we love compelling foes for our heroes, ultimately, we want the heroes to win out because, let’s face it, you can only be so sympathetic toward a guy whose favorite hobbies include things like, in the case of Darth Vader, using the Force to crush people’s windpipes, generally oppressing lesser beings, and treating even the most mundane daily interactions (“Can I take your cape for you, Mr. Vader?” said the hostess at Darth’s favorite restaurant) as confrontations to be addressed with the lit end of a lightsaber. Overexposure is a compelling villain’s worst nightmare (and ours, frankly, as I have no desire to see crusty old Anakin exposing himself) because he inevitably becomes less scary and interesting the more you see of him. Think about Vader: he’s spooky in the original trilogy because we don’t see him that much and, when we do, when he walks in a room, there is palpable fear. When that happens in every single scene in a comic, it starts to become less novel. And if you go too far overboard in chronicling your villain’s adventures, well…let’s just say that the intimidation factor goes down by at least an order of magnitude the first time you see the bad guy emerge from the executive washroom with toilet paper clinging to his boots or continually flubbing his attempt to record an out-of-office voicemail message on his work phone because he’s going to be away from the Death Star on a business trip for the next week and you should contact his secretary if you need immediate assistance in crushing any rebellions in his absence. Fortunately, Messrs. Gillen and Larroca do a good job of staying away from giving Darth the mockumentary treatment and keeping him pretty scary, but, still—this is too much Darth for my taste. Seeing Darth belittled and disrespected by his fellow Empire cronies and essentially told he’s yesterday’s news is interesting, perhaps, but I prefer my Vader to remain scary and badass, thank you very much. But, hey—what do I know? It usually takes me at least five attempts to record a new out-of-office message on my phone whenever I travel for work. Not sure I want to chat about that at the water cooler with Vader, though.
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  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    January 1, 1970
    Now this was cool. Vader comes across in all the necessary degrees of ruthless, angry and intense. The flash backs were also great; they helped to deliver the full nature of his personality in this new story. The Sith Lord has been cast aside. He is no longer in favour with the Emperor after he let the Death Star be destroyed. The Emperor is angry at his apprentice’s lack of military tact; he respects Vader’s strength, but despises his lack of cunning. He assigns him an imperial officer to guide Now this was cool. Vader comes across in all the necessary degrees of ruthless, angry and intense. The flash backs were also great; they helped to deliver the full nature of his personality in this new story. The Sith Lord has been cast aside. He is no longer in favour with the Emperor after he let the Death Star be destroyed. The Emperor is angry at his apprentice’s lack of military tact; he respects Vader’s strength, but despises his lack of cunning. He assigns him an imperial officer to guide him, leaving him in the role of a simple solider. Vader, as ever, is angry at such treatment. He sacrificed everything when he embraced the dark side.How could he be so easily cast aside? He who killed everything he once loved?Vader endeavours to prove the Emperor wrong. He musters his own personal military might. He salvages an old droid tactical unit along with a small army of Geonosian droids. He strikes directly at the Emperor’s contingency plan: androids that resemble Jedi knights. They are to replace Vader should he prove too weak. The Emperor wants to see how Vader will respond to such a threat; he only wants the strongest enforcer to bend to his will. Naturally, Vader is pissed off. He thought he was secure in his position as the Emperor’s right hand. At the end of this comic, he comes to a monumental decision. He will try to turn his son, and together they will rule the galaxy! (evil laugh.) He will never look at his master the same way again.This was great. The plot slotted perfectly in the time frame between a New Hope and the Empire Strikes back. It showed Vader’s off screen development, and his full realisation as to his vulnerable position as a Sith Lord. There is no sentiment between Master and Apprentice, something Vader was very slow to learn. This seemed like a massive smack in the mouth for the cold hearted traitor. As Anakin Skywalker, he was friends with Palpatine. Well, at least, he thought he was. I guess, from Vader’s point of view, there was more between the two of them.The artwork was slick and fab, the story engrossing. I really like this comic, and I really like seeing this dynamic between Master and Apprentice explored. I’m looking forward to reading the next collection of issues! Vader Comic Volumes 1. Vader- A dark four stars
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I freaking loved this graphic novel! I found it on Kindle Unlimited and the next two are as well. Um, and now the physical copy is on my Amazon wishlist. Hells yes!! Anyway, I thought the story was awesome and the graphics were amaze balls!! Like I said, I loved it and that's all that matters. If anyone has KU and wants to read it then there you go!!I decided to add a few graphics from the book. I'm not going to go into what they are about, they are just for your viewing pleasure =) Also, they a I freaking loved this graphic novel! I found it on Kindle Unlimited and the next two are as well. Um, and now the physical copy is on my Amazon wishlist. Hells yes!! Anyway, I thought the story was awesome and the graphics were amaze balls!! Like I said, I loved it and that's all that matters. If anyone has KU and wants to read it then there you go!!I decided to add a few graphics from the book. I'm not going to go into what they are about, they are just for your viewing pleasure =) Also, they are not in any sort of order, just to keep you guessing! Fin
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  • Kemper
    January 1, 1970
    Even a Sith Lord like Darth Vader has a boss he has to answer to, and when he failed at his last assignment which resulted in a Death Star going KERBLOOEY then he sure wasn’t going to pass that next performance review.So Vader is really in the Emperor’s dog house which results in him suffering a demotion and having to take orders from an Imperial officer who sees him as simply a weapon to be used. However, Vader also has his own agenda like finding out exactly who was that Force-strong pilot who Even a Sith Lord like Darth Vader has a boss he has to answer to, and when he failed at his last assignment which resulted in a Death Star going KERBLOOEY then he sure wasn’t going to pass that next performance review.So Vader is really in the Emperor’s dog house which results in him suffering a demotion and having to take orders from an Imperial officer who sees him as simply a weapon to be used. However, Vader also has his own agenda like finding out exactly who was that Force-strong pilot who blew up his shiny new Death Star.This shares a story line with the main Star Wars comic that Marvel has been doing, and I very much enjoyed the first half of this which brought up some plot points that I had never thought about like how the Emperor probably wouldn’t have been very happy with Vader after the events of A New Hope. The second half fades a bit because Vader uncovering a secret program that the Emperor has been hiding didn’t seem like anything special. I also thought the new droids Vader acquires, Triple-Zero and Bee-Tee, were a nice touch since they’re essentially C-3PO and R2-D2 if they went bad and developed a taste for torture and murder. It was entertaining and did find some new angles to probe with Vader as a character and his role as the Emperor’s enforcer, but it felt like maybe the highlights should have just been put in the main Star Wars book rather than being it’s own title because it did start to feel thin after a while.
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  • Adrian
    January 1, 1970
    So I enjoyed this, the storyline was from "A New Hope" with some insights into Darth that I was unaware of and it also comprised some great graphics/drawing, but, and there is a but, it was just a bit bland, and despite being over a hundred pages it never really went anywhere.So the question is do I bother going further, I think the answer is probably not. Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars, I was there 2 days after Christmas 1977 in London as it opened, and I have seen every film since as soo So I enjoyed this, the storyline was from "A New Hope" with some insights into Darth that I was unaware of and it also comprised some great graphics/drawing, but, and there is a but, it was just a bit bland, and despite being over a hundred pages it never really went anywhere.So the question is do I bother going further, I think the answer is probably not. Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars, I was there 2 days after Christmas 1977 in London as it opened, and I have seen every film since as soon as I possibly could (maybe sometimes with more trepidation than others), but I just don't think I have enough time left to read books that are only ok.Sorry Darth !!
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    A solid read. I like the introduction of Vader's rivals and Dr. Aphra and the murder droids. Salvador Larroca's art has really went downhill with his new style he's evolved to the last few years. The colorist saves the artwork in this book, hiding Larroca's weak line work. Edgar Delgado's color art is the star of the book. It makes me open the book and go, "Oh yeah this looks like Star Wars."
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  • Paul E. Morph
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing. This is my favourite of the new Star Wars comicbooks by a long way.Kieron Gillen has hit the right tone for this book perfectly. The interaction between Vader and Jabba is wonderful. Gillen has the relationship between Vader and the Emperor down. You can feel the Emperor's contempt oozing off the page and Vader's barely checked fury is palpable.I love the new characters too; I wasn't sure about the evil versions of C-3PO and R2-D2 when they first appeared but they really grew on me. I'm Amazing. This is my favourite of the new Star Wars comicbooks by a long way.Kieron Gillen has hit the right tone for this book perfectly. The interaction between Vader and Jabba is wonderful. Gillen has the relationship between Vader and the Emperor down. You can feel the Emperor's contempt oozing off the page and Vader's barely checked fury is palpable.I love the new characters too; I wasn't sure about the evil versions of C-3PO and R2-D2 when they first appeared but they really grew on me. I'm also just geeky enough to love Vader having a female Indiana Jones as a sidekick.Oh, and the final issue? Particularly the closing scene? It gave me chills.Oh, and I don't want to finish my aimless ramblings without mentioning the artwork. Salvador Larocca must be absolutely stoked to be playing in the Star Wars sandpit because he has produced the best work of his career here by a country mile. When Larocca draws these characters I can hear them breathing.I was initially a bit cynical about the new Star Wars comicbooks but this title in particular has really changed my mind and I can't wait for the next volume.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    The second title in the 2015 Marvel Star Wars relaunch is Darth Vader, the most iconic character in the series and one of the best villains of all time. And the book is… just ok. Like Jason Aaron’s Star Wars series, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and even links in with Aaron’s book by showing what Vader got up to in between his appearances there. The premise of this series makes sense but it’s also quite weak. The Empe The second title in the 2015 Marvel Star Wars relaunch is Darth Vader, the most iconic character in the series and one of the best villains of all time. And the book is… just ok. Like Jason Aaron’s Star Wars series, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and even links in with Aaron’s book by showing what Vader got up to in between his appearances there. The premise of this series makes sense but it’s also quite weak. The Emperor is displeased that Vader failed him by allowing the Rebels to blow up the Death Star; Vader must prove himself worthy by defeating the Emperor’s potential replacements for him. It’s weak because we know Vader isn’t replaced - he’s in Empire and Return of the Jedi - so there’s no real tension over whether or not he’ll triumph. Gillen introduces some new characters but they’re derivative of other, more well-known characters. Dr Aphra IS female Indiana Jones. Her introduction is exactly like the opening sequence to Raiders of the Lost Ark but Star Wars-ified, and she describes herself as a rogue archaeologist. There’s also 0-0-0 (Triple Zero) and BT-1, two droids who look exactly like Threepio and Artoo but with black plating because they’re EVIL. I’m not sure if they were meant as comic relief but they’re not funny and were distracting for being such unimaginative creations.One of the things I was hoping these comics wouldn’t do was reference the heinous prequels. I really wanted them to be forgotten like the nightmares they were and Marvel would just focus on the original trilogy and beyond, like the forthcoming Force Awakens movie. Jason Aaron adopted this approach but Gillen disappoints by referencing the prequels throughout this book. There are flashbacks to Vader as Anakin with Padme in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, references to Mustafar, Geonosis and Vader’s hatred of the Sandpeople; he even resurrects the tired old theme of building a secret army and we see the Nubian royal starship (the silver spaceship from Phantom Menarghhgh - couldn’t say it!) that Vader still uses as his own private ride (out of sentimentality?). A couple shots even looked like they were taken from the prequels, specifically those long, boring CGI shots of interiors on Coruscant - ugh!Did any of that make the book better, or was any of it even necessary? Nope! Just stirred up bad memories once again. Up yours, Kieron Gillen! Salvador Larroca’s art is gorgeous though, drawing the familiar characters beautifully, even presenting the comic like a movie with wide panels and splash pages. Adi Granov’s covers too were absolutely fantastic, as always. But, like I said, this title merges with Jason Aaron’s so certain moments like Vader on Tatooine meeting Jabba, hiring Boba Fett to track down Luke, and that final shot, are repeated. That doesn’t mean you need to read this to appreciate the other though - in fact, given how ordinary this book is, you could skip this entirely and just read Aaron’s far better Star Wars book instead and not miss anything important! I’m sure most people will read this book because who can resist a great villain, especially one as cool as Vader? But it’s not a great story, though it has fantastic art. Star Wars works as an ensemble piece - break that up and focus on just one element and even the strongest piece, like Vader, seems weak and unimpressive. Gillen proves that with this average book by not really knowing what to with the character alone. The Force is mediocre with this one!
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    My very first Star Wars comic and I LOVED it!I've always been a fan of Darth Vader - yeah, I always had a thing for the bad guys since the good ones are usually generic and boring cardboard cut-outs. Sadly, his character remained relatively flat in the movies. One could see the potential, but it wasn't greatly explored. Therefore, I heeded the advice of some friends here and dipped my toes into the comics version of this great saga.This first volume contains issues 1-6 and takes place shortly af My very first Star Wars comic and I LOVED it!I've always been a fan of Darth Vader - yeah, I always had a thing for the bad guys since the good ones are usually generic and boring cardboard cut-outs. Sadly, his character remained relatively flat in the movies. One could see the potential, but it wasn't greatly explored. Therefore, I heeded the advice of some friends here and dipped my toes into the comics version of this great saga.This first volume contains issues 1-6 and takes place shortly after the Death Star has been destroyed by the rebels. Emperor Palpatine is less than pleased and since he killed all others involved in the failure, Vader is the one to be on the receiving end of his wrath. Meaning that Vader gets demoted, has to report to a human general (who is annoyingly smug about it) and even needs to fear getting replaced (I use the term "fear" lightly here). Moreover, there is still the mystery of a certain young pilot responsible for the destruction of the Death Star and Vader is determined to find him.The story is very intelligent, clearly structured, and compelling. Vader does not only get a bit of background through flashbacks but we also get to see some of his skill and power as well as his wit (no, he's not just a killing machine in a black outfit but a brilliant strategist). Moreover, the art is very nice and compliments the story perfectly.My favourite character apart from Vader himself was Triple-Zero, the bloodthirsty android with perfect manners and awesome torture skills. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. So much funnier than his golden quivalent from the movies. *evil grin*I will definitely continue reading the Vader comics and am looking forward to more action combined with intelligence and great art!
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  • Mario
    January 1, 1970
    A solid start to a series that has great potential. The art style is pretty amazing, and the story so far has been intriguing (it's Darth Vader, so of course it is intriguing). Off to the second volume.
  • Terence
    January 1, 1970
    Emperor Palpatine is angry with Darth Vader over the destruction of the Death Star.Because of that Vader got a demotion to messenger/errand boy/whatever the Emperor says you better do.I like Star Wars. The philosophy is intriguing in it's simplicity and lightsabers are awesome. Galactic Politics are eh and trade routes are just...yuck. Delving into the minutiae between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes back is far from awesome. Perhaps it's knowing exactly what happens up to Vader's end that mak Emperor Palpatine is angry with Darth Vader over the destruction of the Death Star.Because of that Vader got a demotion to messenger/errand boy/whatever the Emperor says you better do.I like Star Wars. The philosophy is intriguing in it's simplicity and lightsabers are awesome. Galactic Politics are eh and trade routes are just...yuck. Delving into the minutiae between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes back is far from awesome. Perhaps it's knowing exactly what happens up to Vader's end that makes it less interesting, but it feels like watching Vader going grocery shopping in the evil galactic grocery store. "I need unquestioning henchmen, bounty hunters to seek out my enemies, and possibly a new job because my boss looks like he wants to fire me."2.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Scott S.
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this, but only in a lukewarm (and not as in Skywalker - haha) way. I think I know why . . . Darth Vader is a GREAT villain. But I think he works best as a cinematic incarnation - the menacing breath sounds courtesy of sound tech impresario Ben Burtt, the threatening dialogue recited in James Earl Jones' piercing voice, the special effects showing his powers of 'The Force,' etc. - so it's a shaky jump onto the written page, even in a graphic novel, for him to take the lead and carry a tit I liked this, but only in a lukewarm (and not as in Skywalker - haha) way. I think I know why . . . Darth Vader is a GREAT villain. But I think he works best as a cinematic incarnation - the menacing breath sounds courtesy of sound tech impresario Ben Burtt, the threatening dialogue recited in James Earl Jones' piercing voice, the special effects showing his powers of 'The Force,' etc. - so it's a shaky jump onto the written page, even in a graphic novel, for him to take the lead and carry a title.That said, it was a good decision to team him with the feisty chatty-Cathy character Dr. Aphra (much more bearable here than she was in Star Wars, Vol. 3: Rebel Jail) and the darkly evil droid versions of C-3PO and R2-D2. Aphra and the one droid do enough talking - much of it kind of humorous - to make up for Vader's usual lack of speechifying. In fact, Aphra's fan-girling and attempting to hold a conversation with the reticent Vader were a couple of the highlights in this mostly good story.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    There are parts of this book that are really solid. There really is a gap between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, particularly where Vader is concerned. In A New Hope, he's kind of Tarkin's sidekick, enough so that Admiral Motti feels free to mouth off to him. But by Empire Strikes Back, he's feared and powerful in his own right. And he knows who Luke is. So what happens in between? In Gillen's version, Vader is out of favor with the Emperor, which does make a certain amount of sense. And he' There are parts of this book that are really solid. There really is a gap between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, particularly where Vader is concerned. In A New Hope, he's kind of Tarkin's sidekick, enough so that Admiral Motti feels free to mouth off to him. But by Empire Strikes Back, he's feared and powerful in his own right. And he knows who Luke is. So what happens in between? In Gillen's version, Vader is out of favor with the Emperor, which does make a certain amount of sense. And he's driven to discover the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, because of course. So far, it makes sense. And so does the notion that the Emperor would be making plans to replace Vader, because of course he intends to outlive Vader. So far, so good. And Gillen can generally write Vader fairly well. I often got the sense of how genuinely frightening he would be, and Gillen doesn't make the mistake of giving him too much dialog or internal narration.But the cast of supporting characters... Yikes. I didn't like the character of Aphra in this book. Don't get me wrong, I liked her. She's a really cool character, a little Indiana Jones, generally smart, daring, all that good stuff. But she just felt out of place here. If she had been added to, say, the main Star Wars book, or the Princess Leia book, or the upcoming Lando book, I wouldn't have minded. But even though she's a cool character, she just didn't feel like the right character for this book. And honestly, I just plain didn't like the two homicidal droids. They were just too obviously evil Threepio and Artoo for me, and I didn't feel like they added enough to overcome how derivative they were.I wasn't a fan of the way Vader's search ended. It felt, to me, like Gillen just wanted to throw all of these ideas out there as quickly as possible in case he didn't get a chance to use them. Which is an approach I'm not a fan of. Some of these ideas may actually be good, but you don't really get time to appreciate them. Of course, I'm not actually sure how many of those last minute ideas were good.There's also some overlap with the main Star Wars book, which means that you'd read the same scene twice if you were reading them both. In a way, it does make sense. I don't suppose you could really assume that everybody would read both, though I bet most readers would. But generally, I felt like the main book handled those moments better, though this book went into more detail. Do you need to read both? Well, there's no reason not to. The main book is better, verging on great, but this is pretty good, much better than I'd thought it would be. I'm now terribly worried that Princess Leia will disappoint.
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  • Dimitris
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps this is blasphemy but in this comic book I kinda like the darker and more murderous versions of C-3P0 and R2D2, Triple Zero and BT-1 more than Darth Vader. They were so freakin’ awesome
  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Odlican artwork koji je nazalost bacen na relativno dosadnu pricu. Imazabavnih likova i dobijamo par vrlo lepih detalja ali sve ukupno je nekako dosadno sto bas i nisam ocekivao.Ali prica obecava za dalje tako da se nadam boljem.
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    January 1, 1970
    Not at all disappointing. One of my all time favorite villains with a cool story and killer artwork.
  • Raoofa Ibrahim
    January 1, 1970
    Me while readingAfter what Vader did to Palpatine, sacrificed a lot to be a Sith lord, Palpatine isn't treating him well, and is thinking of a replacement. Vader is also looking for the pilot who blow up the Death Star! and he is having a sentimental flashbacks! :( (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]----I really loved those 6 issues !
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  • C.J. Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this enough to want to read the rest of the run, but not enough to where I need to read it RIGHT NOW! I like the references to the prequels, but some of the concepts in it ( I don’t want to spoil anything!) I did not like. Vader is an interesting enough character with an incredibly interesting backstory and that’s what keeps me wanting to read more, but in the long run, it makes me want to read the old canon more, but that’s what I grew up on.
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    A fine start. Nothing super special but a decent diversion.
  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    SUPER FAST REVIEW:Interesting story, quality art, bad-ass ending, well written dialogue. I didn’t particularly care about the characters and there was a disappointing (view spoiler)[ lack of Boba Fett (I have read the Star Wars comic that includes his story so I sorta get it but still, why have an epic reveal of a character that’s only gonna be in 2 scenes) (hide spoiler)] I have mixed thoughts on the action scenes, sure they’re fun but they’re also obviously toned down which for a comic that is SUPER FAST REVIEW:Interesting story, quality art, bad-ass ending, well written dialogue. I didn’t particularly care about the characters and there was a disappointing (view spoiler)[ lack of Boba Fett (I have read the Star Wars comic that includes his story so I sorta get it but still, why have an epic reveal of a character that’s only gonna be in 2 scenes) (hide spoiler)] I have mixed thoughts on the action scenes, sure they’re fun but they’re also obviously toned down which for a comic that is as obviously darker than most Star Wars as Vader... why? So yeah, good not great. Worth checking out if you’re a Star Wars fan.4/5
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Darth Vader is the first volume in a relatively new series by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. I read this a few years ago after a friend gave me a copy for Christmas and when one of my groups on GR picked it for a book of the month, decided to re-read it. In this first volume, Vader is taken to task for his failures, particularly the loss of the first Death Star. Palpatine is now starting to look to other sources to solve his problems and Vader has to fight for his place as right hand of the Darth Vader is the first volume in a relatively new series by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. I read this a few years ago after a friend gave me a copy for Christmas and when one of my groups on GR picked it for a book of the month, decided to re-read it. In this first volume, Vader is taken to task for his failures, particularly the loss of the first Death Star. Palpatine is now starting to look to other sources to solve his problems and Vader has to fight for his place as right hand of the Emperor. Luckily, he's found a few new friends who might be willing to help him out and he's building his own plans for the future. As before, I enjoyed this first volume in the series. I remember not being a very big fan of the volumes that followed but the dark humor and the strength of the secondary characters help to make volume one rather entertaining. In particular, Aphra and the droids provide a good contrast for the single-minded and otherwise rather boring Vader. Overall, Darth Vader Vol. 1 is a fun, darkly humorous look at what Vader was up to in between the destruction of the two Death Stars. I'm not sure I'd recommend reading the whole series but I did like the start of this one.
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  • Bookwraiths
    January 1, 1970
    Darth Vader is my favorite villain of all time. That fact alone made this a fun read for me. And there are some great moments in this collection. Some scenes where Vader is a damn badass. Some where the return to old settings and the many flashbacks are very poignant. Others where the true relationship between Vader and the Emperor is clearly shown. Plus the ending is a classic. And I loved all those moments, but . . . I really didn’t care for any of the new characters like Doctor Aphrodite or t Darth Vader is my favorite villain of all time. That fact alone made this a fun read for me. And there are some great moments in this collection. Some scenes where Vader is a damn badass. Some where the return to old settings and the many flashbacks are very poignant. Others where the true relationship between Vader and the Emperor is clearly shown. Plus the ending is a classic. And I loved all those moments, but . . . I really didn’t care for any of the new characters like Doctor Aphrodite or the death droids which meant the overall story fell a little flat for me. Still a good read though.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty much OK.Plenty of cameos from popular established characters throughout make it accessible to the everyday fan, and Salvador Larroca's art is beautiful as always.I didn't really care for the "Replacement Vaders" story arc, but on the whole the idea of showing Vader trying to work outside the establishment to secure his own sources of intelligence and power post-Battle of Yavin is an interesting one.
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  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the artwork, the story didn't do it for me. By issue #3 I was skimming. Vader is the ultimate bad guy and seeing him not being the top dog was strange. I did like the glimpses into the parallels of the original Star Wars movies, but the storyline as a whole did not interest me.
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  • TK421
    January 1, 1970
    Even Vader sometimes has the blues...
  • Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
    January 1, 1970
    Of course he is the best Bounty Hunter. Don't judge. ughhh I am seriously loving these comics! Definitely going to keep buying these!
  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    Oh boy, oh boy was this great! It's strange but for all of my imagination free time I've spent on Star Wars over the years, precious little of it was spent on Darth Vader. I didn't care about his back story before the prequels and after I felt vindicated in that feeling. Vader was like a good Lovecraft story: the less I knew, the scarier he was.I started to change my tune last year after reading "Lords of the Sith." That book took place before "A New Hope" and was basically Darth Vader and the E Oh boy, oh boy was this great! It's strange but for all of my imagination free time I've spent on Star Wars over the years, precious little of it was spent on Darth Vader. I didn't care about his back story before the prequels and after I felt vindicated in that feeling. Vader was like a good Lovecraft story: the less I knew, the scarier he was.I started to change my tune last year after reading "Lords of the Sith." That book took place before "A New Hope" and was basically Darth Vader and the Emperor meets "Black Hawk Down." It was a thrilling adventure from start to finish and helped me to further appreciate his character in ways I never had before.And now this, "Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1". Amazing! It takes place after "A New Hope". Vader is licking his wounds after failing the Emperor and needs to prove himself. He sets off to raise his own robot army with the help of a Lara Croft type adventurer who is hilarious and awesome and an evil C3P0 and R2D2. I can't believe how funny this book was but it makes sense. Vader is the ultimate straight man and makes everything else funny by comparison. I especially like the way the artist keeps cutting back to Vader's eternally deadpan expression to great effect.I could read a whole series just on the evil C3P0 character. He's amazing! All he wants to do is torture people and drain them of blood, but there's no reason to be rude about it.A must read for Star Wars fans.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away..............The one sentence that gets all of us Star Wars junkies chills. I decided to read some excellent Star Wars comics to get myself pumped up for the new Star Wars movie coming out soon!! *****excited scream*****And this comic definitely did just that! This comic is so visually appealing that I give it 5 stars just on the pictures alone. Yes pictures make me happy! Darth Vader...... "We do not suffer failure"And this comic will not fail u! Read it A long time ago in a galaxy far far away..............The one sentence that gets all of us Star Wars junkies chills. I decided to read some excellent Star Wars comics to get myself pumped up for the new Star Wars movie coming out soon!! *****excited scream*****And this comic definitely did just that! This comic is so visually appealing that I give it 5 stars just on the pictures alone. Yes pictures make me happy! Darth Vader...... "We do not suffer failure"And this comic will not fail u! Read it! 5 stars all the way!
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