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"JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!" In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, DARTH VADER infamously reveals his true relationship to LUKE SKYWALKER and invites his son to rule the galaxy with him. But Luke refuses - plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke's utter horror in "JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!" In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, DARTH VADER infamously reveals his true relationship to LUKE SKYWALKER and invites his son to rule the galaxy with him. But Luke refuses - plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke's utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke's unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge. Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery! COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER (2020) 1-6


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"JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!" In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, DARTH VADER infamously reveals his true relationship to LUKE SKYWALKER and invites his son to rule the galaxy with him. But Luke refuses - plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke's utter horror in "JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!" In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, DARTH VADER infamously reveals his true relationship to LUKE SKYWALKER and invites his son to rule the galaxy with him. But Luke refuses - plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke's utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke's unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge. Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery! COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER (2020) 1-6

30 review for Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak, Vol. 1: Dark Heart of the Sith

  1. 5 out of 5

    kristen ♡

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Darth Vader comics continue to be consistently good writer to writer. Having Sabé and the Handmaidens return was super cool to have insight on what they reacted like to Padmé’s death and what they’ve done after. Also interesting that this fits right after episode V.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Good premise which suffered from some meh storytelling. The art was great though with the Vader action being very well done. It was also nice to see many old familiar characters and locations. Loved the ending to issue #6, can’t wait to see what happens.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiago

    You were the CHOSEN ONE Anakin! ...now suffer! Anakin's saga is still raging on, his series have all been stellar, and this one is another essential read for Star Wars fans, a good story with lots of well earned powerful moments, always a breeze to read a story from someone who gets Star Wars, and not just their own idea of it. You were the CHOSEN ONE Anakin! ...now suffer! Anakin's saga is still raging on, his series have all been stellar, and this one is another essential read for Star Wars fans, a good story with lots of well earned powerful moments, always a breeze to read a story from someone who gets Star Wars, and not just their own idea of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    I read all the vader comics. Always good. This one is no different. Except for Vader: Dark Visions. That book sucks. This one is good. 4 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Of all of Marvel’s “Star Wars” output over the last 5 years, by far and away their most creatively satisfying output have been their various Darth Vader-centric series. From Kieron Gillen’s initial run, to Charles Soule’s follow-up, to even more apparently “superfluous” fare like “Target Vader” and “Dark Visions,” Vader as a character has proven to be a consistent creative boon for the House of M’s storytellers…and his newest series, from Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco, doesn’t appear to be Of all of Marvel’s “Star Wars” output over the last 5 years, by far and away their most creatively satisfying output have been their various Darth Vader-centric series. From Kieron Gillen’s initial run, to Charles Soule’s follow-up, to even more apparently “superfluous” fare like “Target Vader” and “Dark Visions,” Vader as a character has proven to be a consistent creative boon for the House of M’s storytellers…and his newest series, from Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco, doesn’t appear to be any different, if this first arc is any indication. From the very first issue, Pak strikes a nice balance between Gillen’s more esoteric approach and Soule’s action-heavy stylings, while also injecting plenty of cool “Star Wars” lore that serve to make the whole package that much more enticing. It’s a slick, thematically confident first outing that bodes well for the future, both for this particular series, as well as the ongoing narrative prospects of Darth Vader at Marvel Comics.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Darth Vader's encounter with Luke Skywalker during The Empire Strikes Back is fresh in his mind, and he is out for blood - all those that made his son weak must perish, but his quest for vengeance becomes something else entirely when a face from his past makes themselves known. We've had a lot of exploration of Darth Vader's character in terms of who he is and how he got to where he is - both Kieron Gillen and Charles Soule had him come face to face with metaphorical demons from his past, includi Darth Vader's encounter with Luke Skywalker during The Empire Strikes Back is fresh in his mind, and he is out for blood - all those that made his son weak must perish, but his quest for vengeance becomes something else entirely when a face from his past makes themselves known. We've had a lot of exploration of Darth Vader's character in terms of who he is and how he got to where he is - both Kieron Gillen and Charles Soule had him come face to face with metaphorical demons from his past, including himself and the ghost of Padme. Greg Pak goes one step further and throws loads of familiar (ish) faces at Vader so that he has no choice but to confront his past literally head on. It's a twist on a tried and true story, and it also gives us lots of characters to focus on aside from Vader himself who is never the most compelling protagonist given his penchant for not saying very much. That said, the Forensics Droid is a maybe a little too talkative - I think Pak was trying to create the newest incarnation of the evil droids from Doctor Aphra's series, but he falls short unfortunately. I'm not overly familiar with Raffaelle Ienco's art, aside from some truly heinous fill-in work he did on Fantastic Four a long time ago, but this is a marked improvement. He still has some awful faces at times, and the lightsaber combat feels a little limp, like he's not quite sure where the blade is meant to go once its done its job, but he manages to evoke a lot of emotion out of Vader's stoic face through subtle use of lighting, and the varied locales that the story visits across these five issues are all well rendered. Yet another Darth Vader solo series could get a little grating, but the new setting, the new quest, and the new supporting characters make this opening arc surprisingly solid. It's still similar to what we've seen before, but different enough to keep things interesting. Bravo.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    This is the Star Wars story we’ve been waiting for: finally, finally, we get a story featuring one of the greatest of all SW characters, beloved by all fans. What kind of leader has he become? What has motivated him all these years? How does he create wartime strategies? Will he get the revenge he has contemplated for so long? I’m speaking, of course, about Ric “You catch on pretty quick” Olié. I won’t spoil who emerges triumphant when Ric and Darth Vader (oh—I should mention that he also appears This is the Star Wars story we’ve been waiting for: finally, finally, we get a story featuring one of the greatest of all SW characters, beloved by all fans. What kind of leader has he become? What has motivated him all these years? How does he create wartime strategies? Will he get the revenge he has contemplated for so long? I’m speaking, of course, about Ric “You catch on pretty quick” Olié. I won’t spoil who emerges triumphant when Ric and Darth Vader (oh—I should mention that he also appears in some scenes in this book) come face to face (helmet) in pitched battle. It may surprise you (but it may not). Is this book hinting at a not-yet-announced Ric Olié series on Disney+? We don’t know yet, but certainly there’s plenty of his history yet to be covered in any medium. Someone once said, “Ric Olié is built on hope” (something like that, more or less). Our hopes are rewarded for now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This is one of the best comics I’ve ever read. Each issue leaves me burning (heh) for more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sid

    *john williams' across the stars playing softly in the background while i'm crying over anakin and padme* *john williams' across the stars playing softly in the background while i'm crying over anakin and padme*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Filip

    This review was posted as part of my weekly column, Saturday Star Wars, posted over at my blog, the Grimoire Reliquary. I’ll be, a Darth Vader comic book that taps deep into the prequel movies without mucking things up. This comic book Greg Pak has succeeded where I would’ve been skeptical he might, and has done so with flying colours. Speaking of colours, two colour schemes dominate the past and present. Neeraj Menon uses a subdued colour palette for the present, with plenty of grey and overwhel This review was posted as part of my weekly column, Saturday Star Wars, posted over at my blog, the Grimoire Reliquary. I’ll be, a Darth Vader comic book that taps deep into the prequel movies without mucking things up. This comic book Greg Pak has succeeded where I would’ve been skeptical he might, and has done so with flying colours. Speaking of colours, two colour schemes dominate the past and present. Neeraj Menon uses a subdued colour palette for the present, with plenty of grey and overwhelming black, as well as cold, natural beige for skin tone. All these are bathed in red whenever the Dark Lord of the Sith’s lightsaber is drawn. The past is seen through the red filter of Vader’s rage, which does an excellent job defining the time period; Pak keeps to straight adaptations of the movie events, which is acceptable but I see it as a bit of a missed opportunity. It might’ve been an interesting narrative device, to have Vader’s remembrances twisted, skewered towards his present beliefs, his rage and–yes–even self-pity. This is the first of Disney’s Vader comic books to take place between Episodes V and VI; it’s Vader’s investigation into the death of Anakin Skywalker’s wife, Padme Amidala. During it, he comes face to face with a woman whose face is a striking reminder of Padme’s: one of her former handmaidens. Armed with the failure of apprehending his son, Vader looks to understand how Luke slipped his reaches in the first place. Haunted by the memories that led to the loss of Padme, Vader is more introspective and passive than he usually appears. He’s not too chatty, our old Darth, which is why Pak decided to add an Imperial droid analyst, who makes oh-so-much idle chit-chat. I wonder how he’ll end up… This one offers resolution for some Prequel-era Naboo-based characters, which I thoroughly enjoyed; it puts to rest a whole minor faction whose absence I’d always been curious about in the Rebellion era. What’s more, it sets up a second volume I’m very excited for, with an appearance by everyone’s badass cowl-wearing grandpa, the big Pee, Emperor Palpatine himself. Phenomenal work by Raffaele Ienco, too, on what is some of the finest art in a Darth Vader title yet–and that’s saying something–you’ll agree, if you’ve read either Soule’s or Gillen’s run. I’m mightily impressed by Pak, to tell you true, and I can hardly wait until June for the second volume. I suppose I’ll dry my tears on the pages of Alyssa Wong’s first volume of Doctor Aphra, come January! Before then, you might as well get this one–you won’t regret it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella Crivilare

    Truly everything I could have wanted out of this comic: Vader being haunted by the past, references to Queen's Peril, the fact that Padme's handmaidens fight in her memory as Amidalans and want to avenge both her AND Anakin, a forensic droid that probably rivals 3PO in know-it-all-ness, artists that somehow manage to make Vader's expressions deeply pain my soul... Like I said. Everything I love. Truly everything I could have wanted out of this comic: Vader being haunted by the past, references to Queen's Peril, the fact that Padme's handmaidens fight in her memory as Amidalans and want to avenge both her AND Anakin, a forensic droid that probably rivals 3PO in know-it-all-ness, artists that somehow manage to make Vader's expressions deeply pain my soul... Like I said. Everything I love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Saimi Korhonen

    ”How does it feel, Lord Vader… to be so weak? To feel such pain? To know such fear?” I was a bit skeptical when they announced that once again Darth Vader is getting an ongoing comic series, but I'm happy to report that Greg Pak completely blew me away with this story and his interpretation of Darth Vader. This comic kicks off immediately after the Empire Strikes Back ends. Vader, who has just been rejected by his son, goes on a rogue mission to hunt down everyone who had a hand in hiding Luke ”How does it feel, Lord Vader… to be so weak? To feel such pain? To know such fear?” I was a bit skeptical when they announced that once again Darth Vader is getting an ongoing comic series, but I'm happy to report that Greg Pak completely blew me away with this story and his interpretation of Darth Vader. This comic kicks off immediately after the Empire Strikes Back ends. Vader, who has just been rejected by his son, goes on a rogue mission to hunt down everyone who had a hand in hiding Luke from him and making him, as Vader sees it, weak. During his investigation he runs into familiar faces from his past as Anakin and slowly starts to figure out how he was hidden from him and what exactly happened to his wife Padmé Amidala after everything that happened on Mustafar. This comic is a brilliant exploration of Darth Vader at one of his most vulnerable moments: his son has just rejected him and he is filled with anger and grief, and all that he learns throughout the story and all that he goes through is so significant to his character and goes a long way to show how he became someone who was able to renounce the dark side and turn against Palpatine in ROTJ. In this story you start seeing those cracks in Vader's hold on Anakin and how meeting Luke and all of that has already begun to change him. And all the stuff that happens with (view spoiler)[ Sabe and the other handmaidens, and how he cannot bring himself to kill them, showing them mercy (hide spoiler)] just shows that Vader has never, not even after 20 or so years, been able to kill Anakin for good. I could gush about Pak's interpretation for much longer, but I'm just gonna end it here by repeating once again that he did a damn good job and move on to other stuff I loved about this comic. I adored how connected this story was to the prequel era. Tons of familiar characters appear - the most exciting cameos for me were definitely (view spoiler)[ Padme's handmaidens, Sabe especially. It made me so emotional to see these women, after all these years, still fighting devotedly for their queen. Sabe is a character I absolutely adore and I am so happy that she's back in the narrative and in a rather major role. (hide spoiler)] - and Vader goes to a bunch of planets from the prequels, such as Naboo. All these connections and having Vader literally come face to face with his past was fascinating to read. I always love when authors pull from all possible eras - it really helps tie all these different stories together. I also appreciated how connected this comic felt to E.K. Johnston's brilliant Padmé novels Queen's Shadow and Queen's Peril - there were lots of direct references to the books, such as (view spoiler)[ Tonra and Sabe telling Vader of how Padme sent them to Tatooine to free slaves and look for Shmi. (hide spoiler)] I also gotta applaud how wonderfully Pak wrote Palpatine. He does not appear a lot in this arc but when he does, it's perfection. He is genuinely frightening in this story, and reading all the stuff he did - like (view spoiler)[ literally tearing Vader apart while zapping him with his lightning, and then leaving his mutilated body on Mustafar, to test him (hide spoiler)]  - honestly reminded me of why I was a bit scared of him as a kid. I can't wait to see what Pak does with Palpatine in the future. Now I gotta cry a little bit about some of my fave moments in the comic: (view spoiler)[ One was when, after finding out that he didn't actually kill Padme, that she lived after Mustafar for a bit, and after returning to his Master, there is a moment, a small moment in which Vader tries to resist Palpatine: he says "You… you lied. T-told me Padmé had died…” and it just hurt so much cause Vader tries to fight back, and it felt like Anakin was trying to claw his way back to the surface, but then Palpatine starts tearing him apart, literally torturing the resistance out of Vader. Vader's multiple flashbacks broke me, especially the one where he first sees Luke fall away from him on Bespin, and how Luke then turns into Padme and then, finally, Shmi. I also loved Vader's interactions with Sabe and how he literally, for a few seconds, thought he was seeing Padme. That shit hurt, as did seeing all the handmaidens defend their queen's grave and seeing Vader find out what Padme's last words were. I also love the idea of Ochi being a part of the future arc. (hide spoiler)] I loved this first arc, and I can't wait to continue on with the story. I would highly recommend it. Charles Soule's Vader comic is brilliant and currently my favorite non-film Vader story, but if Pak's run continues to be this strong and moving, it might just become my favorite non-film story for the Dark Lord. Also, if you like this story, I would recommend checking out the first arc of the main SW comic: it also picks up right after ESB and follows Luke as he is dealing with the aftermath of the same event Vader is dealing with in this series. The two arcs work super well together and having read Luke's POV made me love getting Vader's POV even more!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 Dark Heart of the Sith collects issues 1-5 of the series written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco. The story starts off immediately after Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker that he is actually Luke's father. Vader become enraged that Luke decided he would rather try to kill himself than join his father. Vader takes an Imperial forensics Droid with him on a journey to release that anger by utterly destroying everyone who hid Luke's existence from him. This was a f Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 Dark Heart of the Sith collects issues 1-5 of the series written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco. The story starts off immediately after Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker that he is actually Luke's father. Vader become enraged that Luke decided he would rather try to kill himself than join his father. Vader takes an Imperial forensics Droid with him on a journey to release that anger by utterly destroying everyone who hid Luke's existence from him. This was a fantastic start to this new Vader series. Ienco's art does a great job of capturing Vader's emotion by angling the view of his helmet. It is surprisingly effective. Pak does a wonderjob of weaving Vader through a wide range of emotions. I'm really excited to see where this series goes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have always liked Star Wars but never been a part of the “fandom” really. Recently my boyfriend became obsessed with all things Star Wars - video games, YouTube videos on fan theories. I got this as a birthday present for him and gave it a read beforehand. Oh boy! I might have to fall down the same Star Wars rabbit hole that he has because this is amazing. All of the in-between story that’s left out of the main movie series. Surprisingly thrilling and action packed. Would totally recommend!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey Payne

    When they announced this new Vader comic I literally rolled my eyes. Marvel has done so many different Vader comics, and while most of them have been pretty good, I’m more interested in doing something new. This one definitely proved me wrong. The writing is great and is focused on Vader’s emotions which was refreshing. The art was really nice too! Definitely worth the time of any Star Wars fan.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This. Was. Amazing. Like. What. Even. I just... it's so nice to see current Star Wars acknowledge the prequels. And to see Darth Vader on a quest through the past to discover the truth over Padme's end? SO GOOD. What a fantastic start to a new series. :) This. Was. Amazing. Like. What. Even. I just... it's so nice to see current Star Wars acknowledge the prequels. And to see Darth Vader on a quest through the past to discover the truth over Padme's end? SO GOOD. What a fantastic start to a new series. :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matthias Noch

    Vader is on his quest to understand the death of Padme and the life of his son. He and we learn a bit more about the crucial events after his duel with Kenobi that transformed Anakin into Vader. Some exciting connections and old companions of Padme are included, but also way too much senseless slaughtering. While this might be typical for Vader, it is exceedingly dull and just a waste of persons and space; it has no meaning, neither for the story nor his development. .

  18. 4 out of 5

    sassafrass

    DAMN

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Decent in terms of DV, bizarre in terms of the cult that has risen around the corpse of Padme.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RYLIE

    well... this just ruined my year. IM SO FUCKING SAD YALL OOF

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darian

    Not me losing it over a comic rn.. holy SHIT this one hurt. best Vader comic I’ve read so far, 5 stars for the feels. Also that Queen’s Shadow reference omg

  22. 5 out of 5

    Court

    I hate to speak too soon, but are the most emotionally weighted stories in Star Wars going to be told in comics now? I'm surprised but not displeased. I'm really excited about this run! I hate to speak too soon, but are the most emotionally weighted stories in Star Wars going to be told in comics now? I'm surprised but not displeased. I'm really excited about this run!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Veronica ( moon & coffee. )

    holycrapholycrapholycrap I NEED VOL 2 NOW ESP AFTER THAT LAST PAGE

  24. 5 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    One of the first entries in a new set of Star Wars comics is here and it is pretty damn awesome, as Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco and Neeraj Menon present the first volume of the 2020 Darth Vader series, Dark Heart of the Sith. Dark Heart of the Sith contains issues #1-5 of the Darth Vader (2020) comic book series which takes place right after The Empire Strikes Back. The Darth Vader (2020) series is part of a new range of Star Wars comics which include the Star Wars (2020), Doctor Aphra (2020) and Bo One of the first entries in a new set of Star Wars comics is here and it is pretty damn awesome, as Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco and Neeraj Menon present the first volume of the 2020 Darth Vader series, Dark Heart of the Sith. Dark Heart of the Sith contains issues #1-5 of the Darth Vader (2020) comic book series which takes place right after The Empire Strikes Back. The Darth Vader (2020) series is part of a new range of Star Wars comics which include the Star Wars (2020), Doctor Aphra (2020) and Bounty Hunters series, all of which are set in the year between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. These comics follow on from earlier series which were set between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. This latest round of comics attempts to provide details about what occurred between the events of the second and third films, as well as create some new and exciting adventures. All of the comics in this range sound fantastic, and I have been eagerly anticipating all of them, especially Darth Vader (2020) due to all the potential for action and drama that it has. During the climatic events of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader revealed that he was Anakin Skywalker to his son, Luke, and offered him a chance to rule the galaxy by his side. However, Luke refused to join him out of fear and disgust, choosing instead to plunge to an unknown fate beneath Cloud City. Now, rejected and betrayed, Vader finds himself full of rage and determined to seek revenge on anyone who kept his son from him and made him weak. Tracing Luke’s life before the Rebellion, Vader attempts to find anyone he can take his frustrations out on. But with everyone in Luke’s past dead and beyond his wrath, Vader decides to investigate what happened to his wife, Padmé Amidala, after their final confrontation on Mustafar. Investigating a listening device left in Padmé’s apartments on Coruscant, Vader travels to a hidden Rebel base where he makes the startling discovery of a woman with a shocking resemblance to an older Padmé. Despite the initial shock, Vader is soon able to determine that this is not his dead wife returned from the grave but the Queen’s Shadow, Sabé. Sabé was once Padmé’s most loyal friend, handmaiden, bodyguard and double, and her death has haunted Sabé for years. Determined to use Sabé to find the answers he is looking for; Vader decides to work with the former handmaiden to find out the truth of Padmé’s last moments. The information that they need apparently resides on Naboo, and Vader is forced to relive the ghosts of his past life as Anakin Skywalker to find the truth. However, more treachery awaits Vader on Naboo as a secret organisation waits to kill him. The Handmaidens of Amidala know who truly killed their mistress, and they are finally ready to take their revenge. To see the full review, click the link below: https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/12/29/... For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joey Nardinelli

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m not sure how spoiler-y this will be, so be warned. If you ever wondered what if Vader found out more about what happened to Padmé between his choking her out in RotS and her death, this comic fills in those reveals to Vader, which means a lot of flashbacks to our favorite scenes from the prequel trilogy (you know, the ones that were universally praised for quality top-notch performances from Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman). You also get to find out what happened to the handmaidens an I’m not sure how spoiler-y this will be, so be warned. If you ever wondered what if Vader found out more about what happened to Padmé between his choking her out in RotS and her death, this comic fills in those reveals to Vader, which means a lot of flashbacks to our favorite scenes from the prequel trilogy (you know, the ones that were universally praised for quality top-notch performances from Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman). You also get to find out what happened to the handmaidens and Ric Olié and Captain Typho. Turns out, they’ve been waiting to lure Vader into a trap for what was probably at least years (?) because they assume that he was on Mustafar (and remember that in Star Wars, everyone knows where everyone else is on any planet and by landing there, you’re guaranteed to land within walking distance of those you seek) and must then have murdered Padmé and Anakin. It’s all terribly uninteresting and doesn’t really do a ton with the revival of elements from the prequels (sea monsters and bongos and birthing skirt tents and midwife droids pretty much appear to just sort of appear). My least favorite part was the weird Imperial forensics droid that had BD-1’s head but spoke in a cadence that reminded me too much of cadence of both a Star Wars fanboy nerd (ie/ugh: me) and maybe an Abe Sapien type (literally just a character to explain aspects of the world and plot to the reader). Greg Pak writes better than this. I’m it sure if he came up with those whole arc concept, but it just feels very uninspired. I think I said this during another recent Marvel Vader storyline, but they just don’t seem to have much interesting to say about Vader. He turns and does irredeemable things. We know much more than Luke does. He can’t be redeemed for us in these short spans of five comic issues. He works better as a villain, maybe a complex antihero. I’m not sure this arc really know where he stands other than sad emo Goth teen acting out his emotions.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ozro Davis

    Do we need more Darth Vader comics? Probably not. This is his third solo ongoing book since 2015, and he's had several miniseries as well in that time. But with the Star Wars comics now moving past Empire Strikes Back, it just makes sense. And you know what - it really works. Charles Soule, who's now writing the main SW title, had a fantastic run on Vader set in between Episodes III and IV, and this feels like it picks up right where that left off. This arc focuses on Vader reeling from the infamo Do we need more Darth Vader comics? Probably not. This is his third solo ongoing book since 2015, and he's had several miniseries as well in that time. But with the Star Wars comics now moving past Empire Strikes Back, it just makes sense. And you know what - it really works. Charles Soule, who's now writing the main SW title, had a fantastic run on Vader set in between Episodes III and IV, and this feels like it picks up right where that left off. This arc focuses on Vader reeling from the infamous "I am your father" encounter. With Luke fresh on his mind, he turns his thoughts towards his wife Padmé and digs into her final days. His adventure has him cross paths with some familiar faces, featuring a surprising amount of tie in with the novel Queen's Shadow. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story here, I feel like the characterization was a bit lacking. Vader can be a tough character as a protagonist, because less is often more with him. So, like Doctor Aphra in his first ongoing, Vader is paired with a more chatty character for exposition. This droid just got in the way of the story for me, though. I also felt that Pak leaned a little too heavily on flashbacks to the prequels to show Vader's inner thoughts, but the device worked extremely well at times, so I guess that's a wash. The art was serviceable as well, but nothing special. It's still a big improvement from the first Vader run, but we were spoiled with Camuncoli on the second, and his absence is felt here. This era of Vader's story is off to a strong start. I'd love to eventually shift focus away from the same characters all the time, but if things stay at this quality, then I'm good with it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    4.5 stars You know,’it shouldn’t really surprise me that I enjoyed this new journey with Darth Vader. Nearly all of Disney and Marvel’s comic versions of him have been spot on. Since Kieran Gillan began penning panels for the dark lord of the Sith, it’s been a very consistent run of issues, regardless of who’s telling the story. Like those before him, Greg Pak has taken the mantle and gone crazy with Vader’s tale, making him just as broken, yet still bad ass as ever. I’m really liking where Pak is 4.5 stars You know,’it shouldn’t really surprise me that I enjoyed this new journey with Darth Vader. Nearly all of Disney and Marvel’s comic versions of him have been spot on. Since Kieran Gillan began penning panels for the dark lord of the Sith, it’s been a very consistent run of issues, regardless of who’s telling the story. Like those before him, Greg Pak has taken the mantle and gone crazy with Vader’s tale, making him just as broken, yet still bad ass as ever. I’m really liking where Pak is going with his version of events, giving more backstory to Anakin’s love for Padme and he’ll, everyone’s devotion to her. We all knew she was a force to be reckoned with, but, as always seems to be the case, the films just never gave her the respect she so obviously deserved. Pak is doing just that, while, at the same time, giving readers the perfect view of the titular character of Vader. This series is one of the few consistent works in the Star Wars/Marvel line. I can only hope the trend continues.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Darth Vader comics have definitely improved since Marvel's initial canon run in 2015. Pak continues to bring great stories to the Vader comic series. I think this story adds so much context to Vader. What was once a murderous villain who mercilessly killed to show his strength, now shows his inner struggles and his weaknesses in his experiences post Empire Strikes Back. This comic displays how Palpatine continued to shape and challenge his apprentice in the face of struggling with both his memor Darth Vader comics have definitely improved since Marvel's initial canon run in 2015. Pak continues to bring great stories to the Vader comic series. I think this story adds so much context to Vader. What was once a murderous villain who mercilessly killed to show his strength, now shows his inner struggles and his weaknesses in his experiences post Empire Strikes Back. This comic displays how Palpatine continued to shape and challenge his apprentice in the face of struggling with both his memories and the prospect of a son. What will Palpatine show Vader? What will his test(s) be? Will it bring new context to the events of Return of the Jedi? I am so excited to see where this next volume goes!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    I had heard bits and pieces about this volume from click bait geek news sites that had made me a little skittish going in to this collection but that’s click bait for you. This was a pretty cool story and every big “what the heck” moment is backed up with cool, grounded Star Wars storytelling. I found this to be a particularly interesting story because I’ve heard many people push the idea of viewing Star Wars for the first time in IV, V, I-III, VI order. The idea being you have the revelations of I had heard bits and pieces about this volume from click bait geek news sites that had made me a little skittish going in to this collection but that’s click bait for you. This was a pretty cool story and every big “what the heck” moment is backed up with cool, grounded Star Wars storytelling. I found this to be a particularly interesting story because I’ve heard many people push the idea of viewing Star Wars for the first time in IV, V, I-III, VI order. The idea being you have the revelations of Empire followed by the background on how all of that came to be. This was a cool sort of echo of that idea in that it takes up immediately after Empire and in many ways goes back and explores the prequels. Really pleasantly surprised by this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Viebranz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having read Queen's Shadow and Queen's Peril, having listened to the recent Doctor Aphra audio drama, and being a big fan of all eras of Star Wars, this comic was incredible for all its connections to the larger galaxy, and it featured some wonderful artwork. But what makes it just as amazing as Charles Soule's run on the title is the depth of emotion the writing brings to Vader, and the way it really pulls out the stops on what this particular medium of visual storytelling can do. I am thrilled Having read Queen's Shadow and Queen's Peril, having listened to the recent Doctor Aphra audio drama, and being a big fan of all eras of Star Wars, this comic was incredible for all its connections to the larger galaxy, and it featured some wonderful artwork. But what makes it just as amazing as Charles Soule's run on the title is the depth of emotion the writing brings to Vader, and the way it really pulls out the stops on what this particular medium of visual storytelling can do. I am thrilled to continue Pak's run on the series as soon as Volume 2 drops!

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