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Just wow. Fan of Original films or Prequel films? This is a perfect blend of the two. The same pain and anguish you feel as Revenge of the Sith progresses, is the same feeling you’ll get in this volume. It’s a perfect blend of Anakin and Vader. Such a creative story 👏🏼👏🏼 Just wow.
Good story, but really, Amazon? You had to cram it into a box smaller than it is tall, just because the book it was shipped with fit perfectly? It may be a cheap TPB but I do like to have books that aren't bent out of shape because someone in shipping couldn't figure out how to use a bigger box. Geez.
I love expanded books & marvel.... Star wars stories. This is very good second volume to the Darth Vader title. the first volume having been written by Charles soule. That one of course taking place right from the end of Rev. Of the Sith. Ser recommend!
Of all of Marvel’s “Star Wars” output over the last 5 years, by far and away their most creatively satisfying output have been their various Darth Vader-centric series. From Kieron Gillen’s initial run, to Charles Soule’s follow-up, to even more apparently “superfluous” fare like “Target Vader” and “Dark Visions,” Vader as a character has proven to be a consistent creative boon for the House of M’s storytellers…and his newest series, from Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco, doesn’t appear to be any different, if this first arc is any indication. From the very first issue, Pak strikes a nice balance between Gillen’s more esoteric approach and Soule’s action-heavy stylings, while also injecting plenty of cool “Star Wars” lore that serve to make the whole package that much more enticing. It’s a slick, thematically confident first outing that bodes well for the future, both for this particular series, as well as the ongoing narrative prospects of Darth Vader at Marvel Comics.
You might not know it but this is actually the third ongoing Darth Vader series Marvel has released since reacquiring the rights to Star Wars not including a couple miniseries and a one-shot. Kieron Gillen's first series took place between Episodes IV and V while Charles Soule's followed Revenge of the Sith. Now Greg Pak has takes over the character's story in the wake of the Empire Strikes Back and it is actually his second time writing him, previously having done so as a part of the Age of Rebellion series of one-shots. Pak's work on that issue didn't satisfy but this volume is a vast improvement from that. This first arc sees Vader swear vengeance against those who hid the existence of his son from him but the memories that this crusade stir up may be too much for the Sith Lord to bear. To say this series references the Prequels would be an understatement, as they are a vital part of the story being told. The book rather skillfully creates a connection between the Original Trilogy and those movies. Pak gets Vader absolutely right, capturing his calculated malice with a fantastic tinge of tragedy. An emotional tale to be sure, balanced well with some slight comedic relief in the form of an Imperial Droid. Raffaele Ienco does a fantastic job bringing Pak's script to life. He too captures the menace of this character and every panel with him has a real presence. This book was a complete surprise and well worth it for Star Wars fans. 4/5