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Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets

(Star Wars: Darth Vader (2015-2016) #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  7,539 ratings  ·  528 reviews
Bounty Hunters on the attack--against the Empire! Vader has a new mission to do for the Empire. Unfortunately, it's completely at odds with his own mission. What's a Dark Lord to do? Plus: Who is Tagge's mysterious new agent?

COLLECTING: Darth Vader #7-12.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Marvel Comics
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Still loving these graphics and the story line. This second Vol and the first Vol are on Kindle Unlimited for those that have it. I am very much enjoying these books and will add the real paperbacks to my collection.




Darth Vader’s secret schemes continue!

I got this storyarc on its single comic book issues but I chose to make the review using this TPB edition to make a better overall review. 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” #7-12 in its new Marvel Canonic run.

Creative Team:

Writer: Keiron Gillen

Illustrator: Salvador Larroca

Sean Barrs




I scared you didn’t I?

I can’t stop laughing at this guy. He actually thinks that he is going to kill Lord Vader and become the new dark power in the galaxy. Seriously though, this is pathetic. I mean fair enough on a character level he may be delusional, but I feel like in terms of the plot, this guy is actually being set up as Vader’s nemesis. I mean come on. Look at him. Look at him. In what
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
It’s hard out here for a Sith Lord…

Like the other current Marvel Star Wars titles this is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Darth Vader is on the Emperor’s shit list for the destruction of the Death Star. Vader now has to answer to another Imperial officer, and the Emperor has been grooming a group of dangerous candidates to be his potential replacement someday. Now Vader has discovered that the Force-strong pilot who blew up the Death Star real good is named Skywalker which is
I read the omnibus edition and I didn't realize this would be a duplicate. I am enjoying this new series.

Psychopathic robots in Triple zero and BeeTee are the comic relief. I mean, if they were real, they would be horrifying, but listening to them go on about the joys of torture is some dark humor.

Luke has blown up the Death Star and he is being hunted by many people in the galaxy including Vader. He wants the truth about is this his son or not. I enjoy the new characters and this would make a
Sam Quixote
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
May The 4th Be With You!

What is it with Kieron Gillen and armoured characters? After thoroughly trashing Iron Man with his (overlong) run, he’s now doing the same with Darth Vader - someone stop him!

Vader now knows Luke is his son who is on the path to becoming a Jedi - but doesn’t do a whole helluva lot with that knowledge (and can’t because of the big confrontation that takes place in Empire and this is set between A New Hope and Empire). Nevertheless he continues his clandestine plans of bu
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars at its best. In this volume, Vader is saddled with a new inquisitor that he has to do an end run around to keep him from finding out that Vader is behind the crime they are investigating.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great volume about Darth Vader, bad-guy supreme!

In this volume we get more of Vader's chase for the location of his son. We also get more of the cat-and-mouse game that had already started in book #1. There are some rivals pitted against Vader by Palpatine - though I'm not sure why because I can't imagine Palpatine actually thinking they could ever replace someone like Vader. Moreover, the human general is still Vader's boss, strictly speaking, and pairing him up with yet another adjutan
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Still really solid. This story kind of dragged on a bit towards the end, but it was still more than interesting enough to keep the pages turning. I'm still unconvinced about this Aphra character. I really like her and her murder droids, but I still don't feel like she really belongs in the Darth Vader comic. Now, give Aphra her own book, or make her a supporting character in one of the other Star Wars comics, and I'm all for that. But especially in this volume, when she and Vader are very rarely ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

Maybe this volume is just as not good as previous one, storyline is essentially an "heist movie" in Star Wars universe, evil versions of fan favourite characters popping out of nowhere more and more start being too much cheesy and ridicolous (but for Triple 0 and Bt-1 that I just love!), but I'm still liking very much how Gillen totally nailed Vader's character and a few of his moments and scenes here depicted are just some of his best ones ever.
Aphra and Thanoth (imagine Sherlock Holmes played
Raoufa Ibrahim
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
actual rating :3.5
Vader is trying to find Luke .. without letting anyone know!
the illustrations were really good but there are things I didn't understand such as (view spoiler)
Paul E. Morph
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I still really enjoyed this book (the artwork is amazing and Gillen really nails Vader's 'voice'), I didn't get as much out of it as I did the first volume. It seemed a little meandering, as if it wasn't a story in its own right but was rather building up to something... Oh, wait! What's that on the last page? 'To be continued in 'Vader Down'?

For fuck's sake, Marvel! You're even going to start putting crossover 'events' in your Star Wars books now?

I'm going to go and have a little cry now.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
This story-arc further explores Darth Vader and Aphra's alliance as their interests diverge and converge in unexpected ways. Each of their missions sends them in different directions until they crash and collide, forcing them to renew their pact and come to terms with a new objective. There's a lot of things happening behind the backs of everyone but it is fascinating to watch Vader find himself in a not-so-Alpha position and having to dupe his way into getting things done the way he wants them ...more
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Disclaimer: I read the individual comics.

When it comes to Star Wars comics, I believe Vader is by far one of the best that Marvel has produced and while it maintain a level of authenticity and kept my captivation I felt like this volume showcased a wimpy version of this mysterious and evil Vader that we have come to love and appreciate. With the events of the previous volume, we learn that Vader knows that Luke Skywalker is the one
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
I still hate Larroca's artwork, and parts of the "Vader investigates himself" plot are silly, but Gillen is making the most of his exploration of the odd corners of the Star Wars universe, and his original character Dr. Aphra is more interesting than any of the characters in any of the new Star Wars movies. Plus, the evil version of C-3PO still makes me laugh every time. ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm having a bit of a love-hate relationship with these Vader comics. Maybe it's the fact that these stories are more plot- than character-driven, like Skywalker Strikes. The concepts in this series are strange.

I didn't say it in my review of Vader, but murderous R2 and 3PO are a bit odd. I suppose there're a bit of a hit or miss for readers.

I found Vader to be more in character here than he was in book 1. He wasn't depending on other people and he was furthering his own agenda. I did like
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Hmm.... I didn't like this as much as Volume 1. In Volume 1, Vader was trying to prove himself to Palpatine following his failure with the Death Star blowing up and the rebels getting away, he was nostalgic, he was heartbroken over Padme, he was powerful but exhibiting self-doubt. It was a humanistic portrayal meanwhile Vader searched for "the missing pilot" with Doctor Aphra, and he had suspicions of the pilot's importance and connection to the Force, i.e. Luke his son. This is nothing like Vol ...more
Matthew Quann
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, the second collection (issues #7-12) of Darth Vader don't live up to the excitement promised by the first instalment. Gillen continues to be a good fit for the most famous Sith of them all, but he spends a great deal of his time with Vader's supporting cast. This is not to say that they aren't interesting, it's just that I expected a lot more Sith-ing and less intrigue in this volume.

Though the story in this one wasn't incredible, it is really the art that drags this book throu
Lance Shadow
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
So I found Vol. 1: Vader to be quite awesome. (review here: It had a compelling story, some excellent new characters, and wonderful artwork. And after seeing the progress Marvel's other major comic series, Star Wars, made with Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, I was hyped to continue this series. After an incredible first volume I was really looking forward to seeing how the story would continue and the characters would develop. After reading it though ...more
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
The only character in this compendium I found interesting was Triple-Zero, the protocol droid that specialized in torture who possessed a psychopathic personae. (can you put those two words together)?He's genuinely the only one I found fascinating, and I would love to see a graphic novel written solely about him.

The rest is...not good. The main villain who wants to usurp the power away from Darth Vader looks likes a garish amalgamation of Admiral Ackbar and General Grievous. His plans are also n
New Star Wars comics! No time to chat!

Still reeling from the revelation that the pilot who destroyed the Death Star is named Skywalker, Darth Vader redoubles his efforts to track him down off the books. For that, however, he's going to need funds. Staging a heist is easy. Getting away with it is less so....especially when he's partnered with a genius investigator and ordered to solve the crime at all costs! Vader is soon forced to play a deadly game, one in which his catspaw Dr. Aphra may just b
Chris Lemmerman
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Darth Vader's struggle against his master's chains continues as he tries to discover the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker before the rest of the Empire - but when his investigation (with the aid of Doctor Aphra and her murder-droids) collides with the investigation he's actually meant to be heading up, things get a little...explosive.

Circles within circles, wheels within wheels in this volume as Vader's true motives and the motives he wants to communicate to the Emperor collide; Kieron Gillen layer
Alex Sarll
Part of what I love about this series is that it reminds me how comics used to be. Vader's new supporting cast develop, he plays a dangerous game going up against the Empire on a mission of his own, we finally see the other side of the Luke/father reveal...but at the heart of it all, Vader remains Vader. His personality doesn't get flipped by a MacGuffin. His identity isn't assumed by one of his mates. Reworks and gimmicks are for the lesser characters; the really iconic* ones can stand just fin ...more
Jordan Lahn
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dr Aphra is an interesting and likeable addition to the Star Wars universe, and her interactions with Vader are skillfully handled. Hard to root for Vader when he's slaughtering Rebels, but it's fun watching him deal with corrupt Imperial elements. ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those Looking to Fill in the Years Between "A New Hope" and "Empire"
Shelves: guerre-stellari
Not quite as epic as the previous volume, though we get to learn a bit more about Dr Aphra's backstory and watch Vader scheming and spinning plates in his quest to be first to a certain Tatooine-farmboy-turned-rebel-pilot whose name eludes me... ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
More fun space opera comics from Marvel. Seriously, all Star Wars fans should check these volumes out.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I thought this would be good as it's Vader, but this felt so flat and seemed like nothing really important happened. Just trying to squeeze money out of Star Wars fans. ...more
Tokio Myers
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics
Really enjoying this series guys.
Alec Engerson
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Doctor Aphra is a beast and the best new Star Wars character. Love her.
Dimitris Papastergiou
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
What the stars are saying. It was ok. Was expecting more. You can't expect me to like a Darth Vader title after all this time, also being back to Marvel with the whole franchise, and to barely have any Vader in it, all the while I'm forced to read about this con-artist kinda girl who's boring as hell and has nothing interesting to tell me.

Anyway, since I've already started the next "chapter" in all of this, and also the Vader Down arc, I'll say this, read it just for the heck of it, because what
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