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The Burning Seas

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

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,893 ratings  ·  216 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
Paperback, 136 pages
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
Jun 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“You are fools. I never need...rescue”

I haven’t disliked a single issue of this Darth Vader run so far, and this volume keeps that perfect streak going with my favorite story arc from the series yet. There is also a one-off issue that bookends the volumes, which places much of its focus on Tarkin, and while it isn’t as strong as the main arc, it is a fun side story with a great ending. “Burning Seas” is the meat of this collection, with a 5 issue arc that sees Vader and the Inquisitors laying si
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
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, these books keep getting better.

As I've mentioned in these reviews many a time, near or entirely direct references to the movies get me the most with these comics. And wow, this comic's beginning - that was incredible. (view spoiler)

I also loved that page where Vader reflects on when he was on Mon Cala. (view spoiler)
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
Tiag⊗ the Mutant
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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
Himanshu Karmacharya
The power of an empire is not in what it destroys, but what it controls.

The series is delivering some incredible stories. The character of Darth Vader is explored further, and the writer has spared no expense showing just how ruthless and badass Vader can be.

The portrayal of different characters and contrast between the Empire in its full evil glory with the Rebellion in desperation were truly awesome.
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
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
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
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?
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Focusing on Vader's quest on Mon Cala its an epic tale as he carries out the emperors plan and its filled with epic moments and adventures and as this is a water planet, they have to survive here and its hard yet they might survive. Vader faces off against the king and Tarkin is also involved and the seas will burn with the rage of Vader. Even Admiral Ackber is involved and its interesting to see. As Vader is hunting down the Jedi behind them aka Master Bara and fights him and his apprentices an ...more
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! ...more
aLirEza nEjaTi
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
LOVE VADER ALL THE WAY, he is a mass-murdering psycho tho, BUT LOVE VADER!!!!
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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. ...more
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! ...more
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.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read a digital copy of this collection.

This series is following younger Darth Vader, mere years after the ascension of the Empire into power and three years after Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker was no more. The arc in this book follows the Empire attempting to move beyond the shackles of simply being an extension of the Republic, and in fact becoming the galactic dictatorship we know it as in the main trilogies. It starts on a familiar planet of Mon Cala, where Gail Ackbar and King Lee Char f
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! ...more
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