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Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol. 4: Fortress Vader

(Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  754 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Continuing the imperious rise of the Dark Lord! A Jedi makes a desperate deal. The Inquisitors' mission evolves. And Darth Vader discovers a theft... And when the thief faces the consequences of their crime, Emperor Palpatine rewards Darth Vader with three gifts: A thing, a choice...and a voice. Seeking the path to his destiny, Vader returns to the place of his birth. Ther ...more
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Published February 12th 2019 by Marvel Comics (first published January 30th 2019)
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Sam Quixote
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Charles Soule’s first Darth Vader book gave us the vitally important origin story of... his lightsaber. Great… his fourth book is the equally unnecessary origin story of Vader’s Fortress. The one that we briefly glimpsed in Rogue One? The very same. I know, FINALLY, right? What’s that sound? Oh, just the bottom of the barrel being scraped!

It’s pretty bad, and not just because it’s pointless, but because it’s not very entertaining either. The dull storyline of Vader polishing off the remaining J
We start out this volume with Vader once again killing another Jedi. He is wiping this out. He returns to the Emperor and the Emperor agrees to give him a planet as home base. Of course, Vader chooses Mustafar as his home base, the planet he became what he is today. He has also gathered up secrets with a helmet of Momin, an ancient Jedi from the beginning. I don't know exactly how it works.

Momin has plans to build a building that will open a gateway into the dark side of the force. It takes a f
Ben Brown
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charles Soule’s “Darth Vader” series goes out with a bang. Although perhaps not quite the strongest arc that Soule and Camuncoli, either in terms of story or art, these final 7 issues represent a fine sendoff not only to this chapter of Vader’s formidable legacy, but also for Soule and Camuncoli, who – over the curse of the last 25 issues – have managed a not-unimpresive feat: actually managing to find a way to make Vader legitimately menacing again. Whoulda thunk, after 40+ years of films and w ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Neil R. Coulter
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The new Star Wars canon has not been very impressive, but this Darth Vader graphic novel series is really excellent. Charles Soule has consistently written Vader in such a way that you can really see Anakin struggling inside of him—but he's also captured the angry, Dark Lord of the Sith side of Vader, mercilessly destroying anything that stands in his way. Or anything that even mildly annoys him. Few writers have been able to accomplish all of that, or to sustain it through an entire series. ...more
Jordan Anderson
The entirety of the new Disney/Marvel Star Wars comic catalogue hasn’t been exactly consistent. The titular series has had its ups and downs, Dr. Aphra has devolved into a mess that probably y wont ever be fixed, and, while mostly enjoyable and at least one of the better series, Poe Dameron kind of fizzled out and left the conclusion to be somewhat lacking.

Thankfully Soule’s other work, Darth Vader has been one constant bright spot and always delivers a thrill ride.

Fortress Vader is no exception. Not since the first co
Benji Glaab
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall this was good the final issue in this series was absolutely unreal. Charles Souls serves up a more than worthy conclusion to a great run. A series I consider in the upper echelon of SW comics.

The first issue in this volume was kinda standalone-ish where Vader's inquisitors find and destroy the last of the known jedi, having concluded there mission for now Vader does what he does best at this troubling stage of his life, he finds someone else to kill. After a full day of shena
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Darth Vader line from Soule deserves endless praise. Not only does this story add depth to the character, but it also digs deep into Star Wars lore and expands the universe in a way that others do not. Not only was the story brilliant, so was the artwork. I think most readers were hanging on to see where this went and it wrapped up beautifully in the end. This should serve as a model to what we are looking for in Star Wars comics when stories are character driven. Vader truly has to cut tie ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very cool and consistent run. Vader Fraser returning to builid his fortress of solitude in a way. So far both Vader runs were highly reccomended.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Less action but more character development than in prior volumes.
Will Robinson Jr.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Spectacular. I could not put this book down. Charles Soule without a doubt has to be a Star Wars fan. This book as everything I want in a Star Wars story, great action, great visuals, and great dialogue. I am curious about what input Soule got from Lucasfilm for this volume of this incredible series. All I can say that there are some things that go down in this story that have the potential to effect Stars Wars storytelling of the past, present, and future. Vader is hunting the Jedi and nothing ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This volume contains Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith: Fortress Vader Part I-VII. This is by far probably the most interesting of the Vader graphic novels. It follows Vader as he remembers his past on Mustafar, his fall to the Dark Side and defeat by Obi-Wan Kenobi. As Vader fights with his own anger, as well as maintaining his loyalty to Palpatine, he finds that Mustafar houses an old Sith Temple. The relic of the Sith is powerful in the Force, and the Sith Lord of the past tries to manipulate ...more
Alex Tiethoff
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brutal and heart-wrenching, Charles Soule's final installment in the emergent Vader's saga does not disappoint. It is at once the satisfying end of an arc and a piercing look at Anakin that integrates old canon and new.

In this volume I continually cringed at the freakin' messed up relationship between Palpatine and Vader. Fortress Vader continues to establish Vader's loyalty to yet mistrust of his Master.

As reflected in this volume's title, Vader requests of his Master th
It's a shame this is the end of Soule's run on Vader. For my money this is the best book to come out of Marvel regaining the publishing rights to Star Wars, it stayed excellent for the duration of the run.
Lance Shadow
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, it took forever, but I have FINALLY made it through Charles Soule's fan-favorite comic series from the Star Wars Canon. This is the final volume for the Dark Lord of the Sith incarnation of the Darth Vader comics, showing the character right after Revenge of the Sith and how he came to be the unstoppable evil badass we all know and love.

THE STORY: This final volume opens with former Jedi Eeth Koth welcoming his newly born daughter into the galaxy, only to have Darth Vader and t
Adam Fisher
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This title has been consistently amazing. This Volume is no exception and it makes me wonder if age is in fact what slows Vader down and calms his rage a bit...
Vader and the Inquisitors are still searching for rogue Jedi in the time after Order 66. Finding Eeth Koth, the battle breaks out, proving again not only that no one stops Vader, but also that he contributes to the future when Koth's child is brought as an infant recruit for the Empire. After quelling two traitors within the Inquisi
Jim C
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection concludes what I consider the best of the Disney Star Wars comics. In this one, Darth Vader picks Mustafar to be his planet of operations and we will learn why. This ties in with the show Rebels as it has a plot that was introduced in that show.

The aspect that I have liked from this run of comics is that it shows the awesomeness of Vader and why he is feared throughout the galaxy. This is once again shown in the first issue as we see Darth Vader hunting a Jedi and I loved it. R
Geoffrey Payne
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series really went out with a bang. I’m genuinely sad to see this series finish up since I think it was one of the strongest comic series of the Disney era. Soule took Vader to such an interesting and emotional place and that made this a fantastic volume. 5 out of 5!
Emilee Hone (Emilee Reads)
5/5 -

My favorite story arc in this Vader series. I love the fortress so much.
Jonathan Roberts
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Good finish to this volume! Liked the idea of the past meeting up with Vader in several ways!!!
Anime Mage
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Wow. A great finish to an excellent series - especially that final issue. Rather than Vader being this mysterious unknowable (and one-dimensional) baddie, there is a great deal of depth here and you can still see Anakin in there. The final issue freaked me out a little and I REALLY REALLY hope it was not foreshadowing for my least favorite theory about Rise of Skywalker....

The artwork is also high quality and consistent. There are some really stunning panels in here.
Another great instalment in the daily life of Darth Vader—weeding out hidden Jedi and destroying their families; executing thoughtcrime traitors; exploiting ancient Sith artefacts; destroying armies; and killing the occasional Imperial officer.

I’ll add this one to my head canon!
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I didn’t love this one as much as I loved the previous ones in this comic series but without spoiling, the ending of this one had me shrieking and fangirling!
Mar 20, 2019 added it
Wow. What an ending. That last issue gave me chills. Soule’s Darth Vader series started a bit shaky for me, but quickly became great. He writes a fantastic Vader. Like Kieron Gillen before him, Soule wisely eschews internal monologue, opting instead for a cold, intimidating force who speaks very little. It's impressive how menacing Soule and Camuncoli make Vader. In that regard, this series has done an excellent job of showing, not telling.

I’m sad this is the end, because I would hap
Paul Decker
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed this ongoing Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith series so much more than the original Marvel Darth Vader series. I think the reason is that this is such a more interesting time in Darth Vader's life. Anakin is still there behind the mask, figuring out his path. This is the finale of the series and everything comes to an excellent end. There are so many references that blend all the different time frames together: the prequels, Rebels, Clone Wars, Rogue One, and the original trilog ...more
Nick Scott
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a solid conclusion to this series.

This was one of those "Star Wars gets weird" stories that can often have elements I dislike in it, but I thought most everything worked here. Momin's character and backstory were cool, and I would love to see more about him, but I wasn't crazy about him coming back to life through the helmet stuff. What made this volume great was the artistic interpretations of Anakin/Vader's inner psyche as he continues his transformation and ultimately rea
Benjamin Barham
In summation:

An ancient dark side artist who looks like a elf fails at making art, everyone's facial proportions continue to defy natural order, Vader has a (view spoiler) "best-of" vision, and NOTHING HAPPENED. Still. Again.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, don't hesitate - pick up Star Wars: Darth Vader: Lord of the Sith: Subtitles Evermore, Vol. 4: The Black Fortress: An Exercise in Zero Stakes Storytelling With Beloved Char
Rocky Sunico
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, star-wars
Wow. This book was total wow. While some aspects that were prominently highlighted by the media may not fully sit well with everyone, on the whole this volume is really strong and quite the insight into Darth Vader's early journey as a new Lord of the Sith. The unusual task of crafting his fortress on Mustafar was given so much more depth that it made for quite the epic tale on its own. I really enjoyed this.
Helena R-D
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I was reading this, but it totally kept me captivated and reading as Vader himself became the Vader we know, but not quite. There is still sympathy to be had for him and even throughout all of the things he does, he still has this one thread of not evil in him.

The end was interesting, since it plants the hints that he knew, no matter what, that Luke was his end. And he seemed to be sort of ready for it. Haunting, but thought provoking stuff.
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