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Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War

(Star Wars: Darth Vader (2015-2016) #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,891 ratings  ·  352 reviews
The Dark Lord of the Sith's unstoppable march continues! The natives of Shu-Torun are revolting, and there's no way the Empire will stand for that. When Darth Vader is tasked with leading a military assault against the planet, could it be that his rise to glory has begun? But who will follow Vader into war? Would you? Then again, it's better to fight alongside Vader than a ...more
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Published August 9th 2016 by Marvel Comics
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Darth Vader’s macabre dance!

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” #16-19 + Annual #1 in its new Marvel Canonic run.

Creative Team:

Writer: Keiron Gillen

Illustrators: Salvador Larroca & Leinil Yu

Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv-movies, comics, 2017
Don’t ever ask a Sith Lord to dance.

Darth Vader is diverted from his secret agenda of tracking down Luke Skywalker when the Emperor sends him on a mission to put down a budding rebellion on a mining planet of critical importance.

This doesn’t advance the core plot that’s been driving this series, but it is a pretty cool side story in which we get to see Vader be a total bad ass as he asserts Imperial authority. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the story gaps these comics are filling in
Sam Quixote
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Darth Vader installs a puppet Queen on the mining planet of Shu-Torun after putting down their rebellion against the Empire. But a new rebellion begins and he must return to quash it once more… zzz...

Yup, Kieron Gillen and Salvadar Larroca’s Darth Vader series still sucks! Probably because the whole “rebellion against the Empire” thing is a forgone conclusion for this nothing planet but there’s almost no character work for anyone new here, particularly the rebel side, so it’s hard to give a monk
Paul E. Morph
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of the first two volumes of Marvel's Vader book. Loved every minute of 'em. This one, though? Not so much.

It was OK. Entertaining enough in its way. It just didn't excite me like the first two did. Maybe the novelty's wearing off. It all felt a little... directionless? I don't know; it just didn't click like the first two did.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca are killing it with this Vader series. I wish the Star Wars EU books could be this good. Vader is sent to Shu-Torun to stop the resistance there and get production for the Empire back to normal. I would have liked to see the story expanded as I found the culture of this world interesting.
A back to basics story with Vader oppressing the galaxy by propping up an Empire installed queen. There really isn’t anyone on the “Rebel” side worth caring about, but Vader’s relationship with the Emperor and other power players in the Empire is still interesting. I’d describe this one as entertaining but not earth shattering.
Travis Duke
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dont ask Vader to dance.....ever. More double crossing and espionage in this 3rd volume and Gillen is creating interesting stories. Vader is sent to Shu-torun to help with a rebellion because the empire needs its metal manufacturing. He continues to kick ass left and right while installing a new ruler and overthrowing a rebellion of ore barons. triple zero and beetee are still up evil shenanigans and they remain a super fun part of the plot. The evil Cylo and his jedi twins are plotting a double ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, clearly, this is not a trilogy as expected (I presumed while there are more volumes about Vader, the main story arc would be concluded after this volume).

The issues collected here tell the story of Vader having to put down rebellious barons that usually mine rare and important ores for the Empire. There is a lot of back-stabbing, and not only at court but all around Vader. The story felt a bit disjointed as Aphra was suddenly missing and the droids (Beetee and Triple-Zero) were with Vader. A
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars
The story's a bit weak, and there isn't much of a point to any of it. That said, it was pretty interesting to see the way the Empire deals with a rebellious world that they need to operate. ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Who Feel the More Immolations, the Better!
This was a good, back-to-basics "Vader helps the Empire divide, oppress and conquer" story. The whole Doctor Aphra storyline gets put on pause to allow the Galaxy's Least Merry Man to crush a local rebellion with death-defying feats of bad-assery and stone cold put-downs.

And, yeah, insist he ballroom dance at your peril.

His new droid sidekicks are still along for the ride as comic relief, as are a couple of cyborg twits as allies/antagonists.

The most interesting character, for me, turns out to b
David Dalton
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love reading Vader on Prime!

These are some pretty good stories and the art is fantastic. I really like several of the non-movie characters (like triple zero). Vader is complex, a tortured soul. Thanks to Prime i can read many of the Star War Vader collections on my 10 in Fire tablet.
Lance Shadow
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
After clashing with Jason Aaron in the comic book crossover Star Wars: Vader Down, Kieron Gillen goes solo once again with the third volume of his Darth Vader series.

I have mixed feelings about Kieron Gillen's Star Wars: Darth Vader. I don't hate the series by any means of the word, but it has been consistently disappointing for most of its run.
I completely adored the first volume, Vader. It set up a fascinating and compelling storyline that explores the aftermath of the first Death Star's des
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it

This one was REALLY cool.

I think it took a couple of volumes for Vader to really get in his stride with these books, but he's doing fantastic now. I really liked the part where (view spoiler), because it was harsh but totally in character.

(view spoiler)Trios was definitely a fascinating character. And trust me, this series needed some more good side characters. Aside from the twins (more on them in a seco
Interesting as it was to see how the Empire deals with worlds under it's thumb, a fairly mediocre plot unfolds that introduces characters who don't play that big of a part in much of anything. I will be curious to see if this series ever manages to again capture the magic that was Star Wars: Vader Down.

Gianfranco Mancini

Another good volume.
I just love 0-0-0 and BT-1!!! XD
5 🌟

Darth Vader travels to Shu-Torun with Cylo and his experiments to deal with the ore-miners revolt.
Chris Lemmerman
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's Darth Vader epic marches onwards as Vader finds himself involved in a war that he didn't start, but he'll damn well end.

Like volume 3 of Star Wars (which I read just prior to this), this volume is 4 issues of the main story and an annual that introduces the concept that drives the main story. So we open with Leinil Yu (who drew the Rebel Jail story in Star Wars) bringing Darth Vader to Shu-torun and its many political intricacies.

When he returns for the main
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel, comics, star-wars
James DeSantis
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Another good, but not great, Star wars book.

The funny thing about these Marvel star wars books is that they are all solid but not great. Why? They are considered canon now and can not do anything drastic to change events of the movies. So in doing so we have Vader go to war. However, Vader is in episode 5 and 6. So you know nothing will happen to him. So the all mighty Vader decides to face off against a whole planet on top of the twins who have betrayed him.

Overall, the visuals are a treat an
Shabbeer Hassan
A confusing/meandering detour in Vader's journey. Worth a read for sure, but not as good as the ones before this!

My Rating - 3/5
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vader's portrayal as a tyrant
An awesome opening
The Shu-Torun queen was sometimes cruel but sympathetic enough
Aphra's side story
More BT and 000
Vader's rival Sith apprentices
Vader feel like someone that has emotions without sacrificing what makes him so enthralling
Overall arc wasn't investing
Some supporting characters could have been more developed

8/10 Very Good. Another solid adventure for this lord of the Sith. Can't wait for finale.
Jim C
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a collection that takes place in between Episode IV and Episode V. In this one, Darth Vader is sent to a mining planet that is in service to the Empire. The problem is that it is not meeting quotas and there is a rebellion contingent on this planet. Vader has to deal with both.

Overall, I didn't think this added much to the entire story arc. Fans of this universe know by now that the Empire makes exorbitant demands of inhabited planets that they find useful. We also know that there is a g
Chris Greensmith
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
"Book III, Part I
It is a time of rebuilding for the Empire. After the Death Star's destruction, Darth Vader, the Emperor's chief enforcer, struggled to keep the place after he was seemingly put in a rivalry with the cybernetically-enhanced operatives of the cyborg specialist named Cylo.
Vader sent to the ore-rich planet Shu-Torun to bring its leadership in line. After assassinating the ruling family and installing its youngest daughter as Queen, Vader promised worse for their
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read a digital copy of this collection.

This volume follows Vader, the twins Aoilin and Morit, Cylo and others on the planet of Shu-Torun, a planet previously at peace which is now threatened by a rebellion cell. Vader, of course, doesn't take this very lightly, as he works with Queen Trios to maintain order. The final chapter in this comic had me in shock, throughout this arc, the twins have proven to be a domineering and promising force against Vader, knocking his ego down a few pegs. Howe
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third volume in the Darth Vader series and contains Annual #1 and issues 16-19 of the series. While the previous volumes deal with Vader and his search for Luke, Luke is completely absent for this. This story revolves around the planet Shu-Torun, in which Vader makes sure the new queen abides by Empire rules. If Shu-Torun does not obey, it will end up being another Alderaan. Many of the people do not want to follow under their new queen, but they do not seem to understand what she do ...more
Ricky Ganci
(2.5 stars) I hate to say this--I hate to say this--but Darth Vader is currently my least favorite Star Wars comic book title to such a degree that I have found myself hurrying through these last few issues just to get to something Darth Vader-y. There are a few problems that stand out each month that have really been taking me out of these "adventure" the storytellers are sending Vader on:

1. Writer Gillen seems intent on introducing as many cheeky, quirky, or otherwise "diverse" secondary chara
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars-canon
Man, I have been very disappointed in pretty much every Star Wars comic that's come out after Vader Down. I'm starting to wonder if Marvel had a big plan to build to that crossover, which was fantastic, and is now just kind of treading water while they try to figure out what they can do next. Because this comic seems to be the very definition of stalling.

Darth Vader is sent by the Emperor to a intimidate a planet that mines materials essential to its armada. He shows up and it's basically just 5
Alex Sarll
More ludicrously badass fun with the Sith Lord as he puts down a rebellion which really isn't much to do with the Rebellion - but then, as I've said before, I always like the current Marvel Star Wars comics most when they avoid treading on the toes of the films. Vader and his rivals are amusingly Machiavellian, but as ever it's sadistic protocol droid Triple-Zero who steals the show. ...more
Kelly K
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm finding that I'm nowhere near as big of a fan of the Darth Vader spin-off comics as I am the new Marvel Star Wars comics. ...more
J.M. Giovine
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Aphra being captured and Vader being under the pressure of being submitted by the custody of Cylo, now he’s send by the Emperor in a mission to the miner planet, Sho-Torun, its rebelling against the new-comer queen Trios, while at the same time, he hires the services of some bounty hunters to recover Aphra from the Rebels, death or alive. Now, this gets an actual fresh take on the figure of Vader, since we’re not dealing with his company along Aphra (with the exception of the bizarre duo: ...more
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