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Star Wars: Vader Down

(Star Wars: Darth Vader (2015) #2.5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  5,532 ratings  ·  560 reviews
Two of the biggest titles in comics collide in the first crossover of the new Marvel age of STAR WARS!

When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the rebel fleet on his own, he is sent crashing onto a nearby planet. Will the rebels seize this opportunity to put an end to one of their greatest enemies — or will they be made to feel the full power of the
Paperback, 152 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Marvel Comics
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Cory Because this is the Trade paperback for the Darth Vader comic and Star Wars comic crossover Vader Down.
It collects:
Star Wars Vader Down #1 (Vader Dow…more
Because this is the Trade paperback for the Darth Vader comic and Star Wars comic crossover Vader Down.
It collects:
Star Wars Vader Down #1 (Vader Down Part I) a one shot comic that kicked off the event.
Darth Vader #13 (Vader Down Part II)
Star Wars #13 (Vader Down Part III)
Darth Vader #14 (Vader Down Part IV)
Star Wars #14 (Vader Down Part V)
Darth Vader #15 (Vader Down Part VI)

It is not issue 1-6 or 7-12. It is a collection of Vader Down #1 Star Wars Issue 13 and 14. And Darth Vader Issues 13,14, and 15. It is the third story arc on the Darth Vader and Star Wars comic series.(less)

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Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I was hoping that this new line of comics set in the Star Wars universe would fulfill their official Marvel crossover quota simply by a set of interconnected tales set between the two first movies. Aren’t we crossing the streams enough already?

But this is Marvel which means that much like the sun rising in the east tomorrow there had to be a story going through a couple of books at some point. So if you want to follow along with this one you have to read issues of the main Star Wars title as we
Sam Quixote
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2016
While tracking Luke Skywalker, the mysterious Rebel pilot who destroyed the Death Star, Darth Vader encounters a fleet of X-Wings. After an intense dogfight, Vader crash-lands onto the desolate planet Vrogas Vas. It’s a prime opportunity for the Rebels as they swarm to the planet’s surface: Vader is down and he’s all alone - now’s their chance to kill the Empire’s most feared enforcer! But they’re about to learn that he’s not trapped in there with them, they’re trapped in here with him…

Vader Dow
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
Star Wars: Vader Down is a one book collection of Star Wars Vader Down, Star Wars (2015)#13-14 and Darth Vader #13-15.

What can I say? THIS is what Star Wars is all about. Excitement, danger, adventure..it's all here! Wonderfully written by Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen and gorgeously illustrated throughout. I had read parts of Vader Down in the Vader series, but this gave me a look into the WHOLE story. Let's start at the beginning.

Darth Vader has learned that the pilot who blew up the Death Sta
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unlike the books which have been pretty terrible since the EU reboot, Marvel is killing it with the Star Wars Extended Universe. This is the first crossover between Marvel's ongoing Star Wars and Darth Vader titles.

Darth Vader has finally learned where Luke Skywalker is and goes after him. He blunders into an X-Wing training exercise and there's a huge dogfight. Luke and Vader both crash. Vader is being hunted by the Rebels while Luke is being chased down by Dr. Aphra and her murder droids. The
Dave Schaafsma
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally picked this up from a pile of new Star Wars comics and liked it a lot! All the expected characters are in it, and it’s all action and dry humor all the time. The return of fun to comics! Vader is down, crash-landed on the planet Vrogas. Take him out! As if the Rebels could pull that off! I liked the confrontation between Artoo and evil Artoo. That good vs. evil parallel universe same characters thing happens here, yup. It’s filled with a lot of mostly fun moments like that, actually.

It’s all good fun, but endangering the Super Six is kind of toothless since this is set between Star Wars and Empire.
Gianfranco Mancini

Vote: 4,5

The Vader/Star Wars crossover was just best volume of the new comics series from Marvel/Disney for me: Aaron and Gillen (who already cross-wrote a storyline on a Marvel mutants crossover early) just totally nailed the essence of Star Wars and the iconic characters of the saga, Deodato/Larroca's artworks are just over the top, opening battle of Vader's Tie Fighter against 3 (!!!) X-Wing Fighters squadrons was 100% epic, 0-0-0 and BT-1 (so deliciously evil versions of C-3PO and R2-D2) at
Darth Vader V. the Rebel Alliance!

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 features “Star Wars: Vader Down” #1, “Star Wars: Darth Vader” #13-15 and “Star Wars” #13-14, in its new Marvel Canonic run.

Creative Team:

Writers: Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen

I didn’t love everything about it, but overall it was a good crossover story.
Alexandra Elend Wolf
3.5 stars

“You won’t win this war, Vader. No matter how many soldiers you march into battle. No matter what dark powers you muster. You’ll never stop the rebellion. You and our beloved emperor are doomed to fail, just like you’re Death Star. And I’ll be there to see it, when you all go up in flames.”

I can never say enough just how much I love these comics. But, let's just say, it's a lot.

This volume was so much fun! What with the droids hell-bent on murdering anything and everything in
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Vader Down: Battle of the Ripoffs - The Millenium Falcon gang fight Vader, evil Threepio, evil Artoo, evil Chewbacca, evil Pomeron and General Fish Grievous.

How uncreative can this team be to blatantly copy such original characters from the franchise? Get a grip! The art and the story was fun tough, shame.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vader Down is the first major crossover of Marvel’s recent crop of Star Wars comics. It continues telling the story of the adventures of both the rebels and Darth Vader after the destruction of the first Death Star, but before the rebels settle down on Hoth. While on the trail of the young Jedi Skywalker that has joined the rebels, Vader ends up in a space fight with a rebel squadron and crash landing on the planet. Now all of our characters converge in a mad rush as the rebels take this one cha ...more
Paul E. McPaulface
Maybe it's the taint of the cross-over 'event' but I didn't enjoy Vader Down quite as much as Marvel's previous Star Wars comics (just talking about the new ones here; not the ones from the '70s and '80s).

It was OK; action packed and amusing in places, it certainly felt like Star Wars. It just felt a little disjointed to me in places. Perhaps it was the multiple writers. Perhaps it was the addition of Mike Deodato as an artist (I've never been a fan, I'm afraid).

Whatever it was, it wasn't enough
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That was...

I mean, that was fantastic.

I've had my issues with the last issues of Skywalker Strikes and Vader, but this one was SO GOOD.

Something about the panels instantly drew me in. The way they're done, with no real frames, really helped open them up. One of my complaints about the Vader comics is that the previous ones seemed very compacted, but that worked so much better here. And the art style, oh my goodness, it was beautiful.

I loved the plot of Vader shipwrecked on Vrogas Vas, with
Raghav Bhatia
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wildly entertaining for any Star Wars fan, I'd say. ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My oldest daughter has been on me about reading more of this Star Wars series from Marvel (she is waaaay ahead of me) and so I decided to pick up where I left off, with Vader Down. And you know what? Its pretty great. We get all the characters that we know and love, some new characters that are pretty fun, space battles, lightsaber battles, and Darth Freaking Vader pulling a ship out of the sky with the force. What more could you ask for in a Star Wars story?

Some people say that the fact that yo
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars

Vader is searching for Luke in space and suddenly appears in a rebel training field. He takes on several squadrons. Luke crashes his ship into Vader's tie fighter, both ships seen crashing toward Vrogas Vas. Hence "Vader down." I'll leave it at that. You'll just have to read it.

This was a blast! Literally. Some key points... Vader is probably at his most ruthless and powerful, taking on thousands of enemies, and it's fascinating to watch. I feel like this book is also the most visceral of the V
Quentin Wallace
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Lately Marvel is publishing some of the best Star Wars comics ever. Every volume so far has had something new and cool.

In this one we get to see Darth Vader battling the odds against an entire Rebel Force. (Darth is scary, that's all I'll say about that.) Also, there's an evil Artoo and Threepio. The idea of Threepio being evil was just too cool, and there's never been an Artoo unit so well armed. Add in a wookie Bounty Hunter along with a cybernetic Mon Calamari wielding four light sa
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars
Darth Vader is (still) the biggest badass in the galaxy. And it's so much damn fun to read. ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Here is a fast, fun read, featuring many of the classic Star Wars characters. It's fast paced, and some of the artwork is actually better than the plot. ...more
Unseen Library
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For this latest Throwback Thursday I go back and look at the epic and deeply enjoyable Star Wars comic book crossover extravaganza, Star Wars: Vader Down.

Darth Vader is a man on a mission. Ever since he discovered that the Rebel Alliance pilot who destroyed the Death Star was Luke Skywalker, the son he never knew he had, Vader has been scouring the galaxy for him, determined to claim Luke and use him to take control of the Empire. It finally appears that his patience has been rewarded, as his so
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I shouldn't like him, I mean he is on team bad guy, but Beetee the 'little murder bucket' is my favorite! ...more
Travis Duke
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
(4.5) Boatloads of action and classic star wars references to give you a really good time in this crossover. Aaron and Gillen continues to deliver the goods in terms writing and nostalgia. Seriously the action is awesome; Vader wiping out rebel scum in space and on the ground flaunting his ridiculous might. We get some droid on droid battles with Triple zero and Beetee vs R2 and C3p0, another awesome fight. Chewy vs Krrsantan in an epic wooky battle. Yes this is all one comic! The story isn't ve ...more
Dimitris Papastergiou
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here. We. GO.

Vader Down. Oh Man oh man.

You like Star Wars?

You like Star Wars comics?

Wanna see Luke being an irresponsible kid who's just doing good for the shake of being good without thinking the consequences but while being stupid he keeps being awesome too?

Wanna see Darth Vader against a fucking army?

That's yo shit.

You should go read it right now.

Awesome stuff from beginning till the end.

Vader hunts Luke. Luke's with the Rebels. A fucking ARMADA of Rebels find Vader outside of a little plane
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun story, but a little too crossover-y for my tastes.

I'm glad that ridiculous cyborg villain (no, the other one) got his due, and the battle of the Wookiees lived up to the billing.

And can we talk about how menacing this is?

Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This crossover reads much better as a part of Gillen's Darth Vader run than as a part of Aaron's Star Wars run. Maybe because Gillen's Darth Vader run is actually good? Who knows! It's a fun crossover, some cool moments as Vader chases after Luke and finds himself surrounded by his enemies. I still hate Larroca's art, but I enjoyed Deodato's portions of this crossover. ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like jumping into a Star Wars movie feet first, Vader Down was glorious. The artwork was utterly stunning, and the story was good enough to keep you engaged, although a little silly in parts. I loved being reunited with my favourite heroes from the original trilogy (no, not you Luke, never you).
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
These new Marvel comics are fabulous!

(Well, aside from the occasional profanity...)
Michael Hicks
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought, comics
Vader Down marks the first crossover between Jason Aaron’s Star Wars and Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader, and it does a damn good job of tying the two series together and showing off how well these two books have been running in tandem. Aaron and Gillen clearly spent a good amount of time mapping out their respective run so that scenes in the main book overlap in the sibling title, and after twelve issues this represents a bit of a payoff to the various plot threads that have been running concurrent ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story with all the old favourites. I was waiting for more to develop but it was over so quickly. I want to know more about the temple
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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where h ...more

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