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Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader

(Star Wars: Darth Vader (2015-2016) #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  16,091 ratings  ·  1,330 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Marvel (first published February 11th 2015)
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anne by: Sam Quixote
Darth Vader, right?!


Um. Soooo. I should probably go ahead and mention that I'm not a Star Wars junkie. While I loved the three original movies (whatever the #'s are), I'm sort of ambivalent about everything that came after them. I got really excited for the one that had Jar-Jar in it - as I think we all did!
But after sitting through whateverthehell that depressing, badly acted, CGI nonsense of a movie I watched in that dark, smelly theater back in 1999? With every retarded screen wipe
The Dark Side of the Force is strong in this one!

I got this run on its single comic book issues but I am doing the review using this TPB edition to make a better general review about the whole story. The story is set after the events of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” but before the events of “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”. This TPB edition contains from the title of “Star Wars: Darth Vader” #1-6 in its new Marvel Canonic run.

Creative Team:

Writer: Keiron Gillen

Illustrator: Salvador Larroc
Sean Gibson
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of long-running comic series focused on diabolical evildoers. Writing a series with a bad guy—not an antihero, mind you, but a legit villain—as the main character involves a high degree of difficulty. As much as we love compelling foes for our heroes, ultimately, we want the heroes to win out because, let’s face it, you can only be so sympathetic toward a guy whose favorite hobbies include things like, in the case of Darth Vader, using the Force to crush peop ...more
Sean Barrs
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now this was cool.

Vader comes across in all the necessary degrees of ruthless, angry and intense. The flash backs were also great; they helped to deliver the full nature of his personality in this new story.


The Sith Lord has been cast aside. He is no longer in favour with the Emperor after he let the Death Star be destroyed. The Emperor is angry at his apprentice’s lack of military tact; he respects Vader’s strength, but despises his lack of cunning. He assigns him an imperial officer to guide
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I freaking loved this graphic novel! I found it on Kindle Unlimited and the next two are as well. Um, and now the physical copy is on my Amazon wishlist. Hells yes!!

Anyway, I thought the story was awesome and the graphics were amaze balls!!

Like I said, I loved it and that's all that matters. If anyone has KU and wants to read it then there you go!!

I decided to add a few graphics from the book. I'm not going to go into what they are about, they are just for your viewing pleasure =) Also, they a
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Even a Sith Lord like Darth Vader has a boss he has to answer to, and when he failed at his last assignment which resulted in a Death Star going KERBLOOEY then he sure wasn’t going to pass that next performance review.

So Vader is really in the Emperor’s dog house which results in him suffering a demotion and having to take orders from an Imperial officer who sees him as simply a weapon to be used. However, Vader also has his own agenda like finding out exactly who was that Force-strong pilot who
So I enjoyed this, the storyline was from "A New Hope" with some insights into Darth that I was unaware of and it also comprised some great graphics/drawing, but, and there is a but, it was just a bit bland, and despite being over a hundred pages it never really went anywhere.
So the question is do I bother going further, I think the answer is probably not. Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars, I was there 2 days after Christmas 1977 in London as it opened, and I have seen every film since as soo
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A solid read. I like the introduction of Vader's rivals and Dr. Aphra and the murder droids. Salvador Larroca's art has really went downhill with his new style he's evolved to the last few years. The colorist saves the artwork in this book, hiding Larroca's weak line work. Edgar Delgado's color art is the star of the book. It makes me open the book and go, "Oh yeah this looks like Star Wars." ...more
Paul E. Morph
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. This is my favourite of the new Star Wars comicbooks by a long way.

Kieron Gillen has hit the right tone for this book perfectly. The interaction between Vader and Jabba is wonderful. Gillen has the relationship between Vader and the Emperor down. You can feel the Emperor's contempt oozing off the page and Vader's barely checked fury is palpable.

I love the new characters too; I wasn't sure about the evil versions of C-3PO and R2-D2 when they first appeared but they really grew on me. I'm
Sam Quixote
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
The second title in the 2015 Marvel Star Wars relaunch is Darth Vader, the most iconic character in the series and one of the best villains of all time. And the book is… just ok.

Like Jason Aaron’s Star Wars series, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and even links in with Aaron’s book by showing what Vader got up to in between his appearances there.

The premise of this series makes sense but it’s also quite weak. The Empe
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Emperor Palpatine is angry with Darth Vader over the destruction of the Death Star.
Because of that Vader got a demotion to messenger/errand boy/whatever the Emperor says you better do.

I like Star Wars. The philosophy is intriguing in it's simplicity and lightsabers are awesome. Galactic Politics are eh and trade routes are just...yuck. Delving into the minutiae between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes back is far from awesome. Perhaps it's knowing exactly what happens up to Vader's end that mak
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A solid start to a series that has great potential. The art style is pretty amazing, and the story so far has been intriguing (it's Darth Vader, so of course it is intriguing). Off to the second volume. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My very first Star Wars comic and I LOVED it!
I've always been a fan of Darth Vader - yeah, I always had a thing for the bad guys since the good ones are usually generic and boring cardboard cut-outs. Sadly, his character remained relatively flat in the movies. One could see the potential, but it wasn't greatly explored. Therefore, I heeded the advice of some friends here and dipped my toes into the comics version of this great saga.

This first volume contains issues 1-6 and takes place shortly af
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this, but only in a lukewarm (and not as in Skywalker - haha) way. I think I know why . . .

Darth Vader is a GREAT villain. But I think he works best as a cinematic incarnation - the menacing breath sounds courtesy of sound tech impresario Ben Burtt, the threatening dialogue recited in James Earl Jones' piercing voice, the special effects showing his powers of 'The Force,' etc. - so it's a shaky jump onto the written page, even in a graphic novel, for him to take the lead and carry a tit
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perhaps this is blasphemy but in this comic book I kinda like the darker and more murderous versions of C-3P0 and R2D2, Triple Zero and BT-1 more than Darth Vader. They were so freakin’ awesome
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
There are parts of this book that are really solid. There really is a gap between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, particularly where Vader is concerned. In A New Hope, he's kind of Tarkin's sidekick, enough so that Admiral Motti feels free to mouth off to him. But by Empire Strikes Back, he's feared and powerful in his own right. And he knows who Luke is. So what happens in between? In Gillen's version, Vader is out of favor with the Emperor, which does make a certain amount of sense. And he' ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm reading this series and the Skywalker Strikes one in a sort of strange order. I'm going to be reading each book in the series as it comes out, meaning the two will overlap. I found that this worked very well when I read this after Skywalker Strikes, as this book referenced that one a great deal. Also, the final scene where you see the scene at the end of SS from Vader's perspective was AWESOME.

The plotline of this was a little strange. Palpatine basically demoting Vader and Vader relying on
Darth Vader is my favorite villain of all time. That fact alone made this a fun read for me. And there are some great moments in this collection. Some scenes where Vader is a damn badass. Some where the return to old settings and the many flashbacks are very poignant. Others where the true relationship between Vader and the Emperor is clearly shown. Plus the ending is a classic. And I loved all those moments, but . . . I really didn’t care for any of the new characters like Doctor Aphrodite or t ...more
L. McCoy
Interesting story, quality art, bad-ass ending, well written dialogue. I didn’t particularly care about the characters and there was a disappointing (view spoiler) I have mixed thoughts on the action scenes, sure they’re fun but they’re also obviously toned down which for a comic that i
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
I dove into this one thinking I'd be blown away by a villain-centric story, especially one so loved by the Star Wars fandom. Here I am unimpressed by how much belittling is successfully done on his character. It didn't help that he ends up in a "team" throughout this story. It gave a comical tone to his story that I, honestly, never expected to see. It's not a bad story but it clearly suffers from its premise, while introducing some interesting character, e.g. scavenger Aphra.

Yours truly,

Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those in Need of a Drink of Vader-ade
This was pretty much OK.

Plenty of cameos from popular established characters throughout make it accessible to the everyday fan, and Salvador Larroca's art is beautiful as always.

I didn't really care for the "Replacement Vaders" story arc, but on the whole the idea of showing Vader trying to work outside the establishment to secure his own sources of intelligence and power post-Battle of Yavin is an interesting one.
Ivan Lex
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it

Is a fact that the rebels destroyed the Death Star, possibly the most expensive and longest-running project in the empire and all the responsibility falls on Vader's shoulders, Palpatine is not happy about it...


I find it very interesting to see in more depth the consequences that Vader had to face for the events that occurred at the end of Episode IV, he went from being the right hand of the emperor to a simple soldier and this book is motivated by Vader's seeks to return to the top of t
Darth Vader is the first volume in a relatively new series by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. I read this a few years ago after a friend gave me a copy for Christmas and when one of my groups on GR picked it for a book of the month, decided to re-read it. In this first volume, Vader is taken to task for his failures, particularly the loss of the first Death Star. Palpatine is now starting to look to other sources to solve his problems and Vader has to fight for his place as right hand of the ...more
Raoufa Ibrahim
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
Me while reading
After what Vader did to Palpatine, sacrificed a lot to be a Sith lord, Palpatine isn't treating him well, and is thinking of a replacement.

Vader is also looking for the pilot who blow up the Death Star! and he is having a sentimental flashbacks! :( (view spoiler)
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C.J. Nelson
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this enough to want to read the rest of the run, but not enough to where I need to read it RIGHT NOW! I like the references to the prequels, but some of the concepts in it ( I don’t want to spoil anything!) I did not like.

Vader is an interesting enough character with an incredibly interesting backstory and that’s what keeps me wanting to read more, but in the long run, it makes me want to read the old canon more, but that’s what I grew up on.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even Vader sometimes has the blues...
Jesse A
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A fine start. Nothing super special but a decent diversion.
I liked the artwork, the story didn't do it for me. By issue #3 I was skimming.

Vader is the ultimate bad guy and seeing him not being the top dog was strange. I did like the glimpses into the parallels of the original Star Wars movies, but the storyline as a whole did not interest me.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Nice continuation of the Vader story. It's all new material, but Gillen does a good job of making comicbook Vader sound like movie Darth Vader. I love Doctor Aphra. Hope she continues in the stories for a long time. ...more
John McDermott
Loved it . This volume has everything a Star Wars fan could wish for.Some great new characters are introduced into the Star Wars universe including my new faves Triple Zero and BT - like C3PO and R2D2 but evil and homicidal ! A must read.
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Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer and former media journalist.

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