OK, I’ll admit that Darth Vader is one of my all-time favorite villains. As such, how could I not read this comic?
First off, the artwork in this is outstanding. There are parts of this issue where for several pages there are no words and just images driving the storyline, and it works spectacularly. The writing is also very, very good. I find no flaws in the language and the personalities of the various iconic characters are accurately reflected in the dialog.
It is difficult to summarize the comic without giving away too much of the story, but I will try. There are multiple threads to the tale which have their beginnings in this issue. Vader, having failed in his previous mission, is dealing with the wrath of the Emperor. He is then sent to meet with Jabba the Hutt to negotiate on behalf of the Empire. But while meeting with Jabba, Vader says he has some personal business to discuss, which is not revealed. Finally, the Emperor is also meeting with some unknown person, who seems very dark and dangerous.
As you can see, there is a lot going on and this first issue is definitely intended to lay the foundation for what promises to be a complex tale. I for one am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. I believe issue 2 will be released soon, so expect my review of that in the near future.
11 responses to “Darth Vader: Issue 1”
Nice review! Did you pick up the 2nd issue?
Yes! Been having a busy weekend so far, but I hope to read it later on today.
I enjoyed it. I’ve liked all the Star Wars themed issues that have come out. I cant wait until Princess Leia comes out Wednesday.
I’m on the fence about this one. I may grab it anyway and check it out.
I am getting it so that I can have Mark Waid sign it at Indiana comic con.
Wow! Awesome! Definitely grab a copy.
I just finished watching Star Wars for the first time in sequence, ever (ever!) and found a lot of new things I liked from when I’d last watched the movies… one of those was Vader in Ep#6, so this comic looks promising. Always up for a venue that allows for better character development than a movie!
Agreed. Those movies are classic. How do you feel about J. J. Abrams’ new episode that is coming out soon? I am personally excited about it.
I haven’t thought much about it yet… but it is JJ Abrams… I imagine it’s going to be quite good!
The force is strong with Abrams 😉