Here’s my review for Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! Read on for my take on the latest solo adventures of Darth Vader from Marvel Comics.
The Book Itself
This is a standard Trade Paperback book collecting Darth Vader #16-19 and Darth Vader Annual #1. The cover and spine designs are nice. Better than the previous volume. However, it is unfortunate, there is no bonus content in the back. We don’t get a cover gallery or any character design sketches or anything like that.
Salvador Larroca continues to do excellent work in this series. His characters remain faithful to the source material and really make you feel like you’re reading a new Episode of the Star Wars saga. Larroca’s art shines during Vader’s dark brooding scenes as well as during the action scenes. Finally, some of the new characters designs are pretty cool, such as Inspector Thanoth.
The Story of The Shu-Torun War
Kieron Gillen’s story in The Shu-Torun War is exciting and creative. This is my favorite volume so far in the series. The whole story arc involves a local rebellion on a planet in the Empire. It happens that this planet produces lots of valuable ores required by the Imperial Military. Therefore the local unrest quickly attracts the attention of the Emperor. So, if the local rulers can’s put down the unrest, it could risk production of these valuable ores. That would therefore threaten the construction of vital Imperial War Machines.
Emperor Palpatine therefore sends Darth Vader to settle the matter. His mission is to stop the local rebellion, install a new leader who will be loyal to the Empire, and ensure that the production of the essential metals and ores is maintained.
Darth Vader heads to the planet of Shu-Torun, along with his faithful droid sidekicks Triple Zero and BT, and sets about his work. He executes the local king. Next, Vader installs the King’s youngest daughter in his place as Queen. Next, Vader brutally and ruthlessly shuts down some of the local rebelling Ore-Barons by destroying their seats of power utterly and irretrievably, demonstrating to the others the unacceptably high cost of disobedience to the Empire. Finally, Darth Vader does all this while sidestepping an attempt against his own life by the treacherous Cylo, the man charged by the Emperor with finding a suitable replacement for Darth Vader!
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War is an exciting continuation to the Darth Vader solo series. It is a step up from the previous volume, featuring an exciting story on an interesting world we’ve never seen before in the Star Wars Universe. Therefore I highly recommend grabbing this book for you collection!
Buy it here:
Full Credits for Darth Vader: The Shu-Torun War
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca, Leinil Yu
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
Colorist: Edgar Delgado, Jason Keith
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Leinil Yu, Kaare Andrews, Mark Brooks
Assistant Editors: Heather Antos
Editor: Jordan D. White
Executive Editors: C.B. Cebulski
Editor in Chief: Axel Alonso
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Creative Director: Michael Siglain
Senior Editors: Frank Parisi
Lucasfilm Story Group: Rayne Roberts, Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee, Matt Martin