Here’s my review for Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! Darth Vader is on the hunt for the rebel scum that destroyed the Death Star! Read on for my review of this fun Darth Vader story that fills in the gaps between Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The BOOK Itself: Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol 1: Vader
This is a standard Trade Paperback comic book collecting issues #1-6 of Star Wars: Darth Vader by Marvel Comics. Cover and spine design is quite nice. This series will look nice on your bookshelf. The book also contains some extras in the back such as a cover art gallery and a character design sketch gallery.
The ART of Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol 1: Vader
Salvador Larroca is the penciller for this volume. His art is awesome in this book. I think it must be a bit more challenging for an artist to do a comic book like this one, based on a film with such well known and established looks to the characters. You don’t have much room for creative interpretation when drawing Darth Vader. He just has to look like Darth Vader in the movies. We all know exactly what Darth Vader’s helmet looks like and the gadgets on his chest and waist. Yet Salvador Larroca rises to the occasion and delivers accurate yet exciting art and compositions involving Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, as well other Star Wars staples such as Star Destroyers, T.I.E. Fighters and the like. Reading this comic is like watching another Star Wars movie, but a good one!
The STORY of Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol 1: Vader
Kieron Gillen‘s story is a fun exploration of how Darth Vader kept himself busy in between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
When the comic starts, it’s soon after the destruction of the first Death Star. Emperor Palpatine judges this to be a major failure on the part of Darth Vader, and he effectively demotes him. Darth Vader will no longer be in a command position, but rather, will be taking orders from Grand General Tagge.
But in the meantime Darth Vader is also consumed by his desire to find rebel pilot responsible for destroying The Death Star. Darth Vader sets out to acquire some resources of his own, outside the imperial system now that he’s not in a command position. He contacts a scavenger named Aphra who helps him gain access to a platoon of battle droids to help him achieve is various goals.
In addition to losing his command, Darth Vader also learns that Emperor Palpatine is setting him in competition against his potential replacements, among them twin force users Morit and Aiolin.
What’s really interesting and exciting in this story is seeing how Darth Vader uses his cunning and deception to seek his own ends. He’s punished by the Emperor, forced to follow the orders of a “mere” Grand General. Vader plays along but nothing will stop him from pursuing his prey, the force sensitive rebel pilot who destroyed the Death Star. Darth Vader proves his ruthlessness, willing to throw other imperials under the bus if necessary to advance his own ends.
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol 1: Vader is a very fun comic book for any Star Wars fans. It’s great to see the infamous Darth Vader take a starring role. This book shows us his cunning, strategy, and ruthlessness in great detail. I recommend Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader for any Star Wars and Darth Vader fans out there.
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Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Adi Granov
Assistant Editors: Charles Beacham & Heather Antos
Editor: Jordan D. White
Executive Editors: C.B. Cebulski & Mike Marts
Editor in Chief: Axel Alonso
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Creative Director: Michael Siglain
Senior Editors: Jennifer Heddle, Frank Parisi
Lucasfilm Story Group: Rayne Roberts, Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee