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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)

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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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Soule continues his masterful weaving together of different eras in the Star Wars canon, once again dipping deep into the animated Clone Wars series, Rogue One and even the Tarkin novel to spin a tail of villainy, rage and Sith badass-ery that borders upon a psychotic death wish.

All this was expected by this point. The surprise came with the Annual written by Chuck Wendig also collected here which was an intriguing episode in which Vader investigates sabotage on the Death Star construction proje
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 I like the
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 helping the Calam
David Dalton
I liked this volume. All the stories were great, especially the one where Tarkin was hunting Vader. Very well written and drawn. Not crazy about the art in the last story. Not as much effort appeared to go into that one. But in all we get to see a deeper look into Darth Vader and the consequences of his turning to the Dark Side. Very much looking forward to the NEW Darth Vader coming on sale today. Not waiting around for a collection this time. If you are a Star Wars fan, you need to give these ...more
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
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 esp ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Say whatever you want about the prequels, the Clone Wars is still my favorite era, sure the movies have flaws, but you can't beat the epic intergalactic scale of it, Jedi vs. the Sith, pure Star Wars, that to me is space opera at its best, and this story was another good contribution to that era.

This is about the last battle of Mon Cala, the underwater planet, home of Admiral Ackbar, who later became the savior of the rebellion, we see how his space fleet ended up leading the attack against the
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
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 end, he disp
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
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!
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
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
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!)
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.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is still my favorite line of comics and it's a thrill to see this part of Vader's life as he let's Anakin die and embraces his new identity. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume!
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!
Juho Pohjalainen
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I appreciate seeing some internal variety in the different alien species, like in this comic. Previously, the Mon Calamari were all a bunch of Admiral Ackbars.

Also, a nice gotcha with the clones towards the end.

Other than that, not much to say. A decent read but not great. Nice, not thrilling, but nice.
Terry Mcginnis
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another solid Vader book. Marvel certainly makes sure he's in good hands. Highly recommended for Star Wars fans. Next!
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 quickly risin
Alex Sarll
Almost read this last Thursday, before realising that it would be an ill omen to read anything about evil ascendant on an election day. So just think, maybe things could somehow have been even worse! But it does feel distinctly timely:
“If Palpatine’s enforcers are former Jedi, why don’t you tell someone? Wouldn’t that undermine the Emperor’s rule?”
“Perhaps earlier, just after his ascension, it might have made a difference. But now, no one would care. Even if anyone paid attention, Palpatine wou

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 (mainly because it ru
Probably the weakest volume thus far of the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comic - it covers an Imperial invasion of Mon Cala, featuring cameos from Mon Calamaris such as Lee Char from the Clone Wars TV show, Admiral (then Commander) Ackbar of 'It's a trap!' fame, and Raddus from Rogue One.

For the most part the plot is just an excuse to have Vader kick ass (which really, could be said for the entire comic) but the conceit is entirely transparent here. Some really weird art continues here as
Chelsea Gouin
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
We're back on Mon Cala and Darth Vader and Tarkin trick King Lee-Char to surrendering...but sets up Mon Cala as allies to the Rebels. And then shows a band of Jedi as shady characters. I mean, Vader is cool and all but this was a pretty meh collection.
Alan Castree
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, star-wars
Loved the battle between the Galactic Empire and the Mon Calamari. It FINALLY felt like the Star Wars comics had a story worth telling and significant to the timeline.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really good read, not good like the previous volumes though.
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