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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)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,449 ratings  ·  131 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
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.

Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 excepti
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 shenanigans on Co
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best Star Wars run so far, this last volume, while not the best of the bunch, was still quite strong, with the introduction of Momin, a powerful Sith lord that shows Darth Vader a way to bring Padmé back from the dead, the last issue was unforgettable.
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
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 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.
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
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Less action but more character development than in prior volumes.
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.
David Dalton
Another excellent Star Wars: Darth Vader collection. These are really good stories outside of the films. And I like that. We get to delve deeper in Vader and the anguish he is constantly going thru. Call me old school, but I was not happy with the decision of the last 3 SW films to turn the focus AWAY from the Skywalker clan and move it over to the Emperor's side.

The Star War comics set between Episodes IV and V, and now between V and VI are really great stories/art. For me, the best of these s
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 the Inquisito
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 Inquisitors,
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. Rig
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!
Juho Pohjalainen
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The series ends on a high note. Momin is a creepy and charismatic antagonist that I can love to hate, the vision quest at the end is visually impressive and quite the treat, and they brought back the terrible line about sand without making it seem completely stupid!
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!!!
Emilee Hone (Emilee Reads)
5/5 -

My favorite story arc in this Vader series. I love the fortress so much.
Anime Mage
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Alex Sarll
In which we get to learn more about Vader's aesthetic as he builds a castle on Mustafar, the planet where the Anakin was cut and burned off and out of him. There are vague attempts, especially in the series finale issue, at restating who he is, and foreshadowing what's to come – though this is hampered by only having information up to The Last Jedi with which to work, and Abrams having now comprehensively binned most of said film for not being enough of a slavish, tedious, incoherent retro pasti ...more
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!
This series is wonderful. It really captures the essence of Vader. That last issue where he’s communing with the dark side is absolutely brilliant.
Terry Mcginnis
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another solid volume for Lord Vader, and a cool ending. Recommended!
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
The culmination of Charles Soule's run that gives the story behind the creation of Vader's Castle and more insight into his troubled soul.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Soule saved the best for last.

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