Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca
Published by Marvel Comics on October 20, 2015
Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure
Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Source: Library
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.
Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader Vol. 1 drops us into his narrative after the destruction of the first Death Star. Having lost the Emperor’s trust, Vader’s anger fuels a vendetta against his opposition, even his own master. On the way he seeks aid from old and new characters alike reaching out into the galaxy to obtain the answers he seeks.
I thought the story was a good start but just wasn’t fully formed through. The flashbacks within the narrative almost took away from the story being told. I am interested to see where Gillen goes from here with Vader. The art fit perfectly with the tone of the story, character, and films. Rich dark colors that stand out providing their own type of vibrancy.
My favorite part of this whole collection was Aphra and her psychotic droids, Triple 0 and BT-1. Vader was willing to trust her enough to rely on her skills and not immediately end her. Hopefully she continues to be present. I found the dynamic between the Emperor and Vader in this story to be extremely important. It’s the start of a fracture between the two of them, that will eventually come to a head in Return of the Jedi.
Overall Darth Vader Vol. 1 may be my least favorite of the new series but that’s not to say it wasn’t good. Marvel has put out some excellent stuff. It allows the reader into Vader’s head space for the first time since his transformation and fills in more gaps between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. I just thought it could have been better, but I will still recommend it.
So, has anyone delved into the new Star Wars comics from Marvel? Thoughts? I’m excited to see what comes next!