Vader (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Star Wars: Darth Vader) Library Binding – October 20, 2015
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- Publisher : Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (October 20, 2015)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0606379320
- ISBN-13 : 978-0606379328
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here are the collections--
DARTH VADER (that's this book that you are reading about)
SHADOWS AND SECRETS
VADER DOWN (this is a cross over story with the main Star Wars series)
THE SHU-TORUN WAR
END OF GAMES (this ends the first Darth Vader series--hope that there is a second!)
What's the tale about? Basically, Palpatine is not too happy with Vader after the Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor feels as if a Dark Lord of the Sith should have been able to prevent its destruction (and he damn near did, if you saw Rogue One). These stories take place just after that first Rebel Victory (the stealing of the plans and the mechanical moon's destruction), and it follows Vader as he tries to regain face in the eyes of his Master.
Now, it should be said that this series runs concurrently with the main Marvel Star Wars series, too. And, the books do intertwine, especially at the beginning. In fact, in some cases, you'll see the same event from two different perspectives: First from the Rebel perspective in the Star Wars book, then from Vader's or the Empire's point of view in the Vader books.
If you are reading both series, here's the reading order that I would suggest....
SKYWALKER STRIKES! (the first SW book)
DARTH VADER (this book)
SHOWDOWN ON THE SMUGGLER'S MOON
VADER DOWN (the crossover between the two series)
THE SHU-TORUN WAR
END OF GAMES
The first Vader series ends in END OF GAMES, but the main Star Wars series continues with...
LAST FLIGHT OF THE HARBINGER (Published in January 2017)
YODA'S SECRET WAR (Published in July 2017)
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I'm a fan of Kieron Gillen's writing and Salvador Larroca's art from their other work.
If you're coming to this from a Star Wars background and aren't as familiar with this writer and artist, I'll say that Kieron Gillen is an excellent writer, he handles action well but is also a great observer of character.
Salvador Larroca's art is very slick, it feels very well suited to space-age settings and starships. The characters from the films look like the actors (which helps both with recognizing who they are and also means you're not brought out of the narrative by thinking a character doesn't look like the film actor).
Salvador Larroca is also well known as being a fast artist. From a comics point of view, this is a good thing in terms of consistency.
Slower artists can slip behind schedule and sometimes (to keep the monthly issues of the comic on schedule) another artist might be used for an issue or two.
When the individual issues of the comic are collected into a trade paperback like this, if there have been fill-in artists it can be a bit jarring if their styles are different and change back and forth partway through a storyline. However, Salvador Larroca does the art for all of this volume, so the style is consistent.
Edgar Delgado's colouring in this volume complements the artwork well. Shading and "lighting" are well done and the result is some great-looking art.
There are several characters who are created for the comic, particularly some "sidekicks" for Darth Vader who are interesting in their own right (and have been popular enough that there's a "Dr Aphra" spin-off comic for them).
Darth Vader himself is well written, his character feels in line with the film version.
Not being the most talkative of chaps, we see his emotions as much from his body language as from his words (this is where a good artist is important, as seeing a fist clenching can show a character's rage just as effectively as some angry dialogue).
We also get to see some of what Vader is thinking about, with flashbacks to events in his past. It's a good way to give insight into what he's thinking without having him ramble on about what's on his mind.
I enjoyed the story and it drew me in well; I've ordered the second volume to continue reading. I enjoyed the writing, particularly the characterisation, and the artwork was easy to follow (I was never unsure of what was happening) as well as looking great. The plot kept me interested, and I was as invested in the new characters as in the film characters.
I imagine it's not an easy thing to fit a creative and interesting tale into an existing universe and timeline- we know Vader's ultimate fate, and what happens in the films. The film characters will all have to be returned to their respective places in the narrative. It's testament to Kieron Gillen's writing, then, that he's able to craft an engaging drama within these very specific boundaries, without it ever feeling contrived or like "filler".
All in all I found this very enjoyable and would happily recommend it.