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Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader
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March 1, 2019
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March 31, 2019
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Darth Vader is the first volume in a relatively new series by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. I read this a few years ago after a friend gave me a copy for Christmas and when one of my groups on GR picked it for a book of the month, decided to re-read it. In this first volume, Vader is taken to task for his failures, particularly the loss of the first Death Star. Palpatine is now starting to look to other sources to solve his problems and Vader has to fight for his place as right hand of the ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nice continuation of the Vader story. It's all new material, but Gillen does a good job of making comicbook Vader sound like movie Darth Vader. I love Doctor Aphra. Hope she continues in the stories for a long time.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I accidentally read Doctor Aphra first - oh well!

Loved this l. The murder-droids and Aphra are probably my favorites.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This week I finally caved and started reading through Darth Vader (courtesy of Marvel Unlimited: the biggest supporter for comic binge reading). So I’m a little behind on the times, but I’m really glad I’m finally getting around to reading it, because it has been fantastic! No additional reading is needed to understand what’s going on here, as all the context is provided within the first couple of pages (I love it when that happens). This is especially true if you’ve seen all the movies (and if ...more
Maria Kramer
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
It must be really hard to draw a graphic novel focusing on a character who has no facial expressions...Anyway, this is an interesting volume, but at its heart, there's just not must to it. Also, at the end, when Vader (view spoiler), all I could think of was this
Darth Vader is a great villain. This book ramps up his ruthlessness and intelligence. I was a little surprised by the level of violence though. Vader typically seemed like a villain that used others to get things done, which does happen here too. He also takes direct action at times. Capturing the different sides of Vader is one of the things that this book does really well. It even hints back to events from the prequels to flesh things out. And the art is top notch. Marvel does a great job of b ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Gillen's Darth Vader is unfortunately a big step down from Aaron's Star Wars.

Part of the problem is the plot. It's quite disjointed. I think the problem in the early issues is crossovers with the contemporary Star Wars comic, which makes it feel like Vader is all over the place. But even after that his quest to gather a loyal following of his own never gels.

Part of the problems is the characters. Vader himself is such a cipher that he's nothing but a moving death machine. Gillen seems to realize
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This review can also be found on my blog:

Darth Vader gets his first extended graphic novel series penned by Kieron Gillen and it gives us a look at Vader’s life between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Not surprisingly, Vader is a bad ass here.

In this first volume, the action picks up soon after the destruction of the Death Star. The Emperor is far from pleased with Vader and puts him under the command of Grand Admiral Tagge, a man Vader looks at a
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting, interstitial story about what Vader was up to in the moments between the three original movies, but it really doesn't carry a whole lot of weight. The Emperor is auditioning some possible replacements for his apprentice and Vader becomes aware of the existence of his son, Luke. And that's about it, really. The artwork isn't bad, though some of the wordless fight scenes are a bit had to follow as to just what is going on. But it just doesn't feel like a story with much significance. ...more
Michael Alford
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good.
Fits seamlessly between Episode 4 and Episode 5.
Answers tons of questions about Vader's behavior when he confronts Luke in ESB.
Gorgeous art.
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