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Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol. 1: Imperial Machine

(Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,794 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Picking up where Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Darth Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and begins his ruthless rise! Anakin Skywalker is now more machine than man. Having lost everything once dear to him, he must forge a new future--as a Dark Lord of the Sith! Join Darth Vader as he learns the way of Darth Sidious and his newly for ...more
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Published December 5th 2017 by Marvel
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Sam Quixote
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
How did Darth Vader get his red lightsaber? Better question: who fucking cares?! That said, while this may be the flimsy plot of Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s first volume in the rebooted Vader series, Imperial Machine surprisingly wasn’t that bad.

I liked that Soule didn’t write any internal monologue for Vader so he remains aloof from the reader, as mysterious, cold and menacing as he is in the movies. In fact, there’s a good balance throughout between writer and artist with Soule kno
Vader rises!

This run is different than the previous with the same title, also by Marvel Comics, moreover it’s set in a different time period too. This run is set right after the end of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”.

Creative Team:

Writer: Charles Soule

Illustrator: Giuseppe Camuncoli


This is a good run, but I felt quite better the previous run by Gillen & Larroca, set between Episodes IV & V.

Now, Darth Vader is right after Episode III, inside of a strange a
This is how I wish Kieron Gillen’s series would have started. Not just rehash and nostalgia, but introspection and aggrandizement.

Anakin Skywalker finishes his dark journey to become Sith Lord Darth Vader. And it’s amazing. Vader embraces the pain and suffering to test, increase, and improve his power. And the Star Wars mythos expands with the history of the Sith light saber being explained, as Vader journeys to the Outer Rim to procure a light saber from the very last Jedi.

Epic, beautiful in
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Charles Soule has a hard act to follow. Keiron Gillen's Vader series was aces. One thing he has going for him is Giuseppe Camuncoli. His art is divine. It looks amazing (as in Spider-Man) in a Star Wars book. For this series, we're looking at when Anakin first becomes Vader, right after the end of Revenge of the Sith. The plot for this one was a bit strange. Sith must create their light sabers by taking them from a jedi and making the kyber crystal bleed. I found that last part a little hokey. W ...more
Will M.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a huge fan of Star Wars ever since I was a child but it's weird that this is the very first Star Wars graphic novel I've read. I'm glad though, because it's amazing and I want to read more.

Darth Vader will always be one of, if not the most, iconic figure of Star Wars. This new graphic novel series aims to give us a background of Vader's past. It starts off where Episode III ends. This first volume generally shows how Vader got his lightsaber. It also gives a bit of information on how h
Ben Brown
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Where Every Iconic Prop Has An Origin Story...

Jokes aside I really enjoyed "Imperial Machine", it showed the shaky early days of the Empire and Vader's mopping up work for his demanding Master, and, yes, how he acquired a red lightsaber after Obi-Wan famously grabbed his old blue one after their duel in order to be able to give it to Luke 20 odd years later. Yay, continuity!

(Sidenote: After learning his father's true identity and deeds, I reckon old LS would have bee
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Artemy by: Lance Shadow
Finally, a Marvel Star Wars comic set in a much more interesting time period between the prequels and the original trilogy, instead of that beaten to death space between episodes IV and V. And it’s a surprisingly good comic, too! Starting immediately after the end of episode III, it shows Vader going on a quest to get himself a brand new Sith-red lightsaber. We find out where the red ‘sabers come from and how they’re made as we follow Vader on an action-packed trip to kill a certain Jedi master. ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
"You are a monster." -- Jedi Master Kirak Infil'a

"Yes. I am." -- Darth Vader

Lightweight story that picks up just after the climax of the cinematic Episode III: Revenge of the Sith adventure, this volume has only Vader and The Emperor as far as known quantity characters from the SW universe. The major point of interest, just in my opinion, was Vader's bad (badass?) behavior as he executed his sort of silly or not very interesting mission regarding his Sith light saber. One sequence, running for s
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
You know, when Marvel announced they were doing another Darth Vader series, I rolled my eyes a little. Did we really need another so soon after Gillens excellent run?

But I took advantage of ComiXology having the first volume on sale for 69p to give the first volume a read and it is such a good comic.

This is what I want from the Marvel Star Wars books. Some of my recent reviews of other Star Wars books have seen me moaning a lot about the art. This does not have that problem. It looks great! Cam
Gianfranco Mancini

Vote: 3, 5

Not bad at all and artworks were really good, but I enjoyed much more Gillen's Vader run.
My most favourite issue was the final humoristic one closing the volume... with the small droid cleaning floor of late imperial officers choked to death by the Sith Lord.
It was hilarious XD

I’m always in for a story about the aftermath of the Clone Wars and the first days of Darth Vader. Sure, this plot about how Vader gets his red lightsaber is a bit flimsy as the main arc, but the art is excellent, the overall story is interesting, and the character development of Vader is great. Looks like I’ve found some good, old fashioned Sith entertainment finally.
David Dalton
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series...more background on Vader's early days.

Not easy being an apprentice to the Emperor, who happens to be a Master Sith. This is my 2nd Vader collection that I have read this past week. I will look for more.
Neil R. Coulter
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any Star Wars fan
Kieron Gillen's Vader graphic novel series started strong and then fizzled out completely by the end. So I wasn't especially hopeful about the new series by Charles Soule. But I actually quite enjoyed this story. Soule introduces some new elements to Jedi/Sith mythology, and they all work just fine. (This is not usually the case with SW graphic novels--especially the recent Doctor Aphra series.) I also like that the book ends with a glimpse of the formation of the Inquisitors. Anything that conn ...more
kristen ♡
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
——————2019————4 stars———————
i always wanted a red lightsaber as a kid. this is why my mom didn’t let me have one.

——————2020 reread———5 stars—————

it’s crazy to me my mind somehow gravitated towards this series once again nearly a year later. i read this on may 4th, appropriate of course, after the clone wars finale. and once again i’ve fallen in love with how detailed this story is (the first 5 are the kyber arc) and how in-depth we get to see darth vader right after the fall of the jedi. i reall
Lance Shadow
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
so.... according to the front cover this story arc is called "imperial machine". yet it's also called "the chosen one"? wierd, but either way, late review because apparently goodreads decided not to save my review after I wrote it, so this is a rewrite that I really didn't feel like doing.

Regardless of my feelings of writing this review, I actually thought this comic was pretty solid. I didn't know what to think going in, despite hearing all the good buzz surrounding this one. Charles Soule, de
Chris Lemmerman
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
How do you follow Kieron Gillen's amazing Darth Vader series? By going back to the beginning of the journey and filling in the blanks, of course.

Starting right from the end of Revenge Of The Sith (complete with NOOOOOOOOOO), these six issues follow Darth Vader's quest to find his first lightsaber, which takes him to the Jedi Library, back to Mustafar, and beyond. Soule's characterization as the last human parts of Anakin Skywalker die away (at least until Return Of The Jedi, I guess) is spot on,
Jim C
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection that takes place right after Anakin becomes Darth Vader. In fact, we get the infamous (not in a good way) scene of Vader yelling "NOOOOOOO!" when he finds out Padme is dead. That is the beginning of this collection.

I liked this collection and it is a nice story of how Anakin is getting use to being Darth Vader. He is now part of the dark side but the suit that he needs because of his injuries is new. He needs to get use to fighting again and I liked how this collection portr
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This takes place immediately after the end of ROTS, and first of all... I am slain.

Him doing all his Darth Vadery things in pursuit of a kyber crystal to make his new red lightsaber is great as usual. I am always completely weak for the "hey it's just one guy in a starfighter" gag. Also, I loved getting to see him customize his own armor! Like, of COURSE he would customize his own armor, this is a completely obvious and required fact! I'm glad someone finally pointed it out! It was also sweet to
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable additional to Star Wars lore. This picks up right after the end of Revenge of the Sith (NOOOOOOOOOO!). Vader has his new robot body and needs to get a lightsaber and prove himself to the Emperor. This involves some Jedi fighting and general badassery that is not to be missed. This story is what I imagined the prequels would be. Make this movie guys!
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars, marvel
It's Darth Vader being a bad ass. If that's your thing, this is a book for you.

Lucky for me... it is my thing. Its a really fun book. There isn't a heck of a lot of overarching plot depth. I mean, this story takes place between Ep.3 and Ep.4 so we already know that no matter what happens Vader is going to come out on top. It's basically just the Emperor turning Vader into being...Vader.

Which, in my books, is something I'm interested in seeing. I also like the idea of why the Sith lightsabers ar
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I wasn't at the edge of my seat reading this book, but I was satisfied afterwards. The only thing that was lacking to me in this book, was more of a story. I love how this book explains more deep things about the sith. For instance:This book explains why sith lightsabers are red, what happened in between the 3rd and 4th movie, and how Darth Vader acquired his lightsaber from the 4th movie). I think the author did well with keeping the "Star wars type of feeling" throughout the book, and I enjoye ...more
Travis Duke
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good balance of old star wars and new, and by new I mean maybe less than 1/4 if you count that new Jedi. So this takes place right after episode 3 for the most part and it deals with Vader hunting down a red light saber. The Emperor is pulling the strings on Vader making sure he stays in line because it seems Vader still has some Anakin in him. There some really cool moments in here especially seeing Vader fighting, I mean that's what all want to see anyways. Charles Soule is on the right track ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Whenever I come across a Star Wars book or comic I must admit to a moment of trepidation as I ascertain if this is "woke" Starw-Warsiney of just Star Wars. Thankfully it is the latter. There is some of the newer age stuff but Charles Soule works it into the story of normal Star Wars very well. Most of all it is obvious that Soule actually understands Star Wars and important concepts like the Force, the Sith ( Darth Emoticon or whatever Kylo's name is wouldn't last 15 seconds against THESE Sith) ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 ⭐️

SPOILER ALERT: if you haven't seen or read Revenge of the Sith, don't read this review. In fact, don't read the comic either because you're going to be spoiled BIG TIME.

I was really excited to read this comic. There is a lot of time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and we never really knew what happened to Darth Vader post-transition. If you watch both movie back-to-back (even if you add Rogue One in-between), it feels like Anakin immediately became this super villain without any
Will Robinson Jr.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Iron fist of the Empire rules the galaxy & Charles Soule on a Star Wars quite simply rules. I was not sure what to make of this series since Marvel had already published a great Vader solo series. Even more I was not a fan of the idea of getting year one take on Vader. Boy was I wrong. I admit much of what happens in this book would have made an epic Darth Vader film. Soule captures perfectly all the pain, anger, and cruelty one might come to expect from one of the greatest villains in ficti ...more
Paul Decker
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This comic picks up right where Episode III left off. Like directly. There's the whole "Noooooooooo" thing and everything. I liked seeing Vader when he is new to being a Sith. It really is Anakin under there still. Throughout the comic, that Anakin begins to fall away.

I liked the mix of prequel and original trilogy aesthetic. Seeing Vader alongside clone troopers was very cool. The Grand Inquisitor even makes a cameo!

I read the Dark Horse comics that took place right after Order 66 so certain a
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
AKA Vader: Year One. This takes up immediately after the end of Revenge of the Sith, and chronicles the early days of Vader, as he is getting his lightsaber, dealing with imperials who have no idea who he is yet, and is introduced to Palpatine's extended family of Sith (in a nice connection to a previously isolated concept from Star Wars Rebels). There are some well done action sequences here, and all of the art is pretty good (with some very good color work). Some of the stories are a little we ...more
Bram Ryckaert
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series shows Vader as he's just starting out and he's mad as hell. This is a fun blockbuster-style action romp with little exposition and a fast pace. Camuncoli's art sells the action scenes and Soule throws some new lore into the mix. As a fan of the Clone Wars/Rebels tv shows, I appreciated how a certain group of characters got introduced later on. Add in a few Sheev appearances and you're in for a fantastic exploration of the Dark Side, with Vader on a rampage.

This book has a very diffe
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
even though i think Charles Soule is actually a middle school kid who pretends to be an adult who writes mediocre fan fiction, the art (which is truly impressive) and the fact that it’s a fairly solid skeleton of a story taking place within a narrow timeframe helps this little Star Wars romp. Soule gives the audience an untapped slice of a time period (basically right after Anakin’s defeat/change on Mustafar) that shows us how the freshly minted Vader comes to get his light saber and gives us a ...more
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