Star Wars, Darth Vader

Star Wars, Darth Vader

Vol. 1, Vader

Book - 2015
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"Ever since Darth Vader's first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture's most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own solo adventures--showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, to whom can he turn? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the rebels and investigates the Emperor's secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly battle droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don't want him to learn the truths he seeks!"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, ©2015
ISBN: 9780785192558
Branch Call Number: GILLEN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Darth Vader. Vol. 1, Vader
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Sekoti
Jun 06, 2017

Can never get enough of Star Wars lore and the new lineup of material coming out of Marvel is fantastic.

Really digging this iteration of Vader and can't wait to read Volume 2!

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StarLord21
May 13, 2016

This story takes place after Star Wars IV: A New Hope. So Darth Vader does not know who Luke Skywalker is or his relationship to him. Only that he is a rebel and strong yet untrained in The Force. I really enjoyed this story. Vader assembles a team in secret from The Emperor. Consisting of two bounty hunters Boba Fett and Black Karssantan an evil Wookie. Doctor Aphra, a skilled woman in engineering and robotics as well as having contacts in the criminal underworld. Triple-Zero a languistic droid not unlike C3-P0 except skilled at torture and a sadist. Beetee a utility droid somewhat like R2-D2 except he comes with a large arsenal of weaponry and also a sadist. Creating all these character felt like an anti-Luke Skywalker team. The bounty hunters are like Han Solo and Chewbacca and Aphra and the droids are like Leia and C3/R2. Cameos by Jabba The Hut and his Twi'lek assistant and many familiar faces from his cantina. Also IG-88 a psychopathic bounty hunting droid. A personal favorite of mine from other Star Wars canon.

Mark_Daly Apr 15, 2016

How do you tell an entertaining story when your protagonist is a villainous half-robot who wears an expressionless mask? Gillen and Larroca surround their antihero with quirky characters who are as malevolent as the Dark Lord himself. But even better, they capture the star qualities that made Vader a standout of the original films -- his menacing, blunt, taciturn and indomitable nature.

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Keogh
Apr 08, 2016

First volume of a new ongoing series, this has the villain as the protagonist. Vader finds himself on the outs with the Emperor in the wake of the destruction of the Death Star, and begins to pursue his own agendas. The creative team have a good take on the character, and it's interesting to get into his head in a different way.

KateHillier Jan 07, 2016

The Death Star is gone and the Emperor has only one living person to take out his displeasure on: Lord Vader. Vader has every desire to please his Master but at the same time he is still very much his own man with his own agenda and so begins a very personal mission.

It's interesting to see Vader's side of the main comic, and what he has to revisit and other people he meets along the way. So, yeah, interesting is the word here but I'd be interested in seeing more.

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Rowsdower
Dec 15, 2015

The story was average, though I enjoyed seeing the beginning of a relationship between Vader and a certain bounty hunter. Where I think this book excelled was with the characterization of Vader and Dr. Aphra. I didn't like what I felt were rushed characters near the end. The art was great most of the time, but unfortunately there was at least one part in each chapter where I couldn't tell what was happening, which is a let down. Cover: 4/5; Art: 3/5; Story: 3/5; Characterization: 4/5; Cool Factor: 4/5; Overall: 7.2/10

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mexicanadiense
Nov 21, 2015

This was pretty much OK.

Plenty of cameos from popular established characters throughout make it accessible to the everyday fan, and Salvador Larroca's art is beautiful as always.

I didn't really care for the "Replacement Vaders" story arc, or the overly glib Dr Aphra but on the whole the idea of showing Vader trying to work outside the establishment to secure his own sources of intelligence and power post-Battle of Yavin is an interesting one.

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