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Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol. 3: The Burning Seas

(Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  943 ratings  ·  76 reviews
As the Empire's grip tightens on the galaxy, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs - and this time the job of snuffing out hope falls to Vader, his inquisitors... and Wilhuff Tarkin! To bring Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. No tolerance ...more
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Published September 11th 2018 by Marvel
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This series is telling some great stories. I think it would make an excellent movie. The fall of the galactic empire and the rise of Palpatine. This stuff is digging deep into Vader and the ruthless killer he has become. It's an overwhelming story that feels very dark and yet there is humor in this and really great characters. We get to know more about Tarkin and just how evil all these people are.

The first 3 issues are a battle taking place on Mon Cala. We see the Empire really beginning to co
Ben Brown
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yet another awesome volume of Charles Soule’s “Darth Vader” series. 3 arcs in and this series is humming along as strong as ever – Soule has developed a real knack for writing the titular figure, drawing Vader in a way that manages to both sync up nicely alongside Kieron Gillen’s previous characterization, while also exploring rawer facets of his personality that keep the series from feeling like it’s retretading ground we’ve already covered. And the art by Giuseppe Camuncoli continues to dazzle ...more
Jim C
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This continues the story shortly after Episode III and well before we actually see Darth Vader for the first time in Episode IV. (I am that old that I saw it several times in the movie theaters) In this one, Mon Cala is having talks with the Empire but these talks go awry and the result is war.

I have to say that this is my favorite comic series from this universe. I enjoy the arcs each collection presents, the artwork is terrific and I like the time setting of this series. The aspect
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Burning Seas tells a rather epic tale. It is the Imperial Invasion of Mon Cala where the Calamari reside (Admiral Ackbar).

Vader and Tarkin participate in the start of the Empire's moves against planets deemed too independent. An Imperial Star Destroyer bearing Tarkin and an Imperial Ambassador come to Mon Cala to speak with the Calimari King. However, the Ambassador's assassination gives Tarkin the pretext he needs to invade. Vader, meanwhile, seeks out a former Jedi who is helpi
Lance Shadow
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here we go again, as I continue catching up on this massively hyped series from the Star Wars Canon. Just like with the previous volume Legacy's End, I read this a couple of days ago but haven't gotten time to do a review.

And once again, this series (mostly) lives up to the immense hype. Burning Seas is another good, strong entry in Charles Soule's Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Comic run.

THE STORY: A couple of months to a year passes following Vader's mission to track down Jocasta Nu. The tim
Neil R. Coulter
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is probably the best of the Marvel new canon. It has been amazingly consistent, and this volume is the best yet. It keeps what I've enjoyed about the previous books—focus on Vader being vicious and struggling with his past—and it adds the wartime action and political intrigue that I enjoyed in the novels Tarkin, Catalyst, and Lords of the Sith. Charles Soule is really skillful in the way he weaves together elements from the larger saga mythology into the stories in this series. I especially like how full ...more
Adam Fisher
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The adventures of Vader and the Inquisitors continue here, this time during the Empire's acquisition of Mon Cala. While the Rebel Alliance has not yet been formed, Mon Cala is not yet part of the Empire. Talks are going ahead, but when the Emperor finds out that the Mon Calamari are hiding Jedi (Master Ferren Barr and some apprentices), Vader and company are dispatched to take him out.
The Empire begins to invade the surface of Mon Cala, but it proves very difficult as the majority of the planet
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit disconnected but still entertaining, although the excessive use of Tarkin was a bit...odd in light of the movie canon?
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Soule's take on Darth Vader! He uses all of the interesting mythology of the prequels but with actual good writing and story telling. The setting here is one of my favorite in Star Wars: Mon Cala! Do we get to see a young Raddus and Ackbar fighting? You bet your butt! Also, rogue jedi's (maybe?) who survived with dubious motives? Yes please!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well well well, this certainly started with a "bang" ;)

Did enjoy this one better than the last volume.. Great build up!

And still loving the art (did not mention that before, but it's true: great artiest!)
John H
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the best Star Wars GN I have read in a while. The art is great, especially the covers.
Crystal O'Leary-Davidson
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These are the Vader stories you’re looking for! Fantastic conclusion to this 3-book Vader story arc. After REVENGE OF THE SITH and ROGUE ONE, Vader grows in power and becomes closer to the Vader of A NEW HOPE. But he’s still not there yet, and that’s what makes this story so good. Having also read James Luceno’s excellent STAR WARS novel, TARKIN, this book, THE BURNING SEAS, is particularly great. But start with book 1 in this story arc. LucasFilm, this could be a great television series!
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still cant believe I've never read this. Continues the adventure of Vader being his dark side. Tarkin gets involved so do a few others. Loved the fight scenes. Some of the political and personal issues between Vader, the empire even Tarkin are awesome. Highly recommend this series by Soule.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This volume contains Darth Vader Issues 13-18 (also called The Burning Seas Part I-V, Bad Ground, and Darth Vader Annual 2: Technological Terror). In The Burning Seas arc, Vader has been tasked to take his Inquisitors to Mon Cala, where war is still being waged against them, and a small group of Jedi who survived the purge plan in hiding. Vader is tasked to take these Jedi out while also showing Mon Cala who their new ruler is, and what happens when the people of a planet do not follow their new ...more
Travis Duke
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good story and nostalgia being written here by Soule. The story focuses at first on the Empire flexing its might to prove its the big cheese in space by sending a message (of violence) to Mon Cala, our favorite squid faces. Of coarse we get a killer Ackbar cameo, its good. Tarkin also is featured heavily and the duo of Tarkin and Vader is straight up awesome. If thats not enough we get teases of the future death star and a small but critical link to Rogue one. The story telling is great ( ...more

I was after something nice and invigorating, and with a bit of a Star Wars edge to it, and this fit rather well.

This book contains more tales of Darth Vader, especially his relationship/antagonism with Governor Tarkin, split into 3 (-ish) threads.

The first thread deals with an Imperial invasion of Mon Cala, and continues the story of Lee-Char, king of the Mon Calamari that was part of a Clone Wars arc. That storyline was one of my least favourite from the TV show (
Fiction State Of Mind
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This volume details an epic showdown on Mon Cala system and also the formation of the relationship between Vader and Tarkin. I loved the epic battles in this volume and some cameos of characters from the Clone Wars.
Nick Scott
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soule really gets Star Wars, and continues to show it. I enjoyed this foray into Mon Cala, seeing the King again (he originated in The Clone Wars) and getting to see Ackbar and Raddus in action. The "Mr. Glass"-style twist of the former Jedi was interesting. Also liked seeing the continuing friction between Tarkin and Vader and how Palapatine plays them against each other. Seeing Tarkin hunting Vader in the annual issue was fun as well, and a good reminder of how deadly both characters are.
Ramon van Dam
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great entry in this series of comics about Darth Vader. This time the focus is not so much on exploring the mythology, but more on character building. It also features many surprise cameo's of familiar people and places, while also connecting some more dots in the overall saga. Great art work as per usual.
Unseen Library
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The creative team behind the amazing Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith series return with their third volume, The Burning Seas, which continues to follow the early adventures of one of fiction’s greatest villains, Darth Vader. This third volume contains issues #13-18 of what has to be one of my favourite current ongoing series.

This new volume is set one year after the formation of the Empire, and the Emperor is determined to show off the full military power he now commands. To that
Ryan Laferney
Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith‘s “Burning Seas” arc (issues #13-18) is another awesome entry in my current favorite Star Wars comic run from Soule. This is another unforgettable arc for the series.

Set roughly a year after the events of Revenge of the Sith, “Burning Seas,” finds Palpatine ready to let the galaxy learn the Empire is not a benevolent successor to the Republic, but rather a dominating military power who is anything but the friendly neighborhood government. He tasks
Will Robinson Jr.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Solid. Another great Darth Vader adventure. What is great about Soule's take on the Dark Lord of the Sith is the fact that its not just the vicious way Vader destroys his enemies but his very existence can corrupt the innocent. In this volume Vader is sent to Mon Cala to remind its king and his people that they serve only the Galactic Empire. With Grand Admiral Tarkin hovering about this negotiation is sure to get ugly. Some the coolest things that happen in this book are the inclusion of Admira ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Darth Vader is sent to suppress a rebellion on Mon Cala, with the aid of his Inquisitorius, and a very familiar face - Governor Wilhuff Tarkin.

This book kind of acts as a companion piece to what Kieron Gillen did with his second arc of Star Wars, since it shows how Mon Cala lost its autonomy. Vader's almost incidental to the plot, since it's more about the politics of Mon Cala, a fallen Jedi (who gets a very awesome final page cliffhanger midway through the story) and how Tarkin is q
Paul Decker
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am continuing to enjoy this ongoing series showing Darth Vader shortly after Episode 3. It's cool seeing Mon Cala prior to Imperial control. I like how there's a bit of a tie-in with the ongoing Star Wars comic series. There are also flashbacks to the Clone Wars era.

I like this time period. Each jedi that evaded Order 66 is dealing with the new world in a different way. I also really enjoyed seeing a young Ackbar.

There are two standalone issues included in this volume. First, there's a story
Rocky Sunico
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, star-wars
This volume works as a great companion piece the the Star Wars book covering how the Mon Calamari fleet eventually joined the Rebel Alliance despite the trepidations of their regent. This time we jump into the past with the days of the early Empire asserting control over the Mon Calamari races. The result is another in-depth story with deep ties to the Clone Wars cartoon and the fact that Anakin Skywalker and worked closely with their young king. Now as Darth Vader he had to bring the planet to ...more
Geoffrey Payne
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to be the penultimate in the current Marvel Star Wars lineup. I think Soule has been one of the best writers for Vader since the original trilogy. He hits his characterization on the nose and continues to make an already thrilling character more interesting with every story arc. The annual collected in this volume also is a great standout with connections to Rogue One. Definitely don’t skip out on this one if you are fan of the Star Wars franchise or great comics in general ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My goodness is this series great. Soule creates such tension between Vader & Tarkin; it beautifully illuminates their relationship in ANH. And the battle of Mon Cala! Are you kidding me? Great action, taught pacing, and outstanding storytelling. It shows not only the ruthlessness of the Empire, but the desperation and resolve of the Mon Cala. Breathless, wonderful stuff.
THIS. This right here is why I read Star Wars. Not only does it tell a story that sheds new light on the Galactic Civil War - mostly the place of Admiral Ackbar and the rest of the Mon Calamari command and ships - but its a good story in its own right that would make a great Star Wars standalone film. We also get a great side story that demonstrates both Vader's and Tarkin's skills.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic arc. Burning Seas is one of the best canon stories from Star Wars comics. I recommend to read it alongside with Mutiny at Mon Cala from a mainline Star Wars comic. Both arcs are tied and the best way to experience them is reading them in parallel to each other.
Helena R-D
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a weird arc for me in that I didn’t expect half of what happened, happen. There’s still a lot of Anakin in Vader and the struggles amongst the war backdrop is very pronounced. Weird and compelling.
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