Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader

Darth Vader Vol 1


Publisher: Marvel
Released: October 20th 2015
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Darth Vader 1-6
Rating: 4 kitty rating


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 you haven’t, you’re probably not likely to want to read the comics anyway?).


Spoiler Warning

So there’s obviously not a ton of comics out there where the perspective is without a shadow of a doubt the bad guy, but this is one of them. Despite that I found myself really enjoying the read, as I got to see more of the conflict between him and Palpatine as well as all the efforts he made to get his hands on Skywalker (more on both of those later). So if you’re finding yourself resistant to giving this series a try for that reason, maybe consider those little tidbits.

A surprising amount occurred in volume one, so I’ll just focus on the highlights. For starters, Palpatine is a sneaky bastard. He’s either openly considering replacing Darth Vader, or (more likely, if you ask me) setting Darth Vader up to believe that’s the cause, making it yet another test. Considering Vader’s reaction, I’m more than willing to believe the latter. It’s hard to believe anything other than that Palpatine is playing the long game (as he always does), plus having read some of the novels I know how fond he is of testing Vader (his loyalties, his abilities, you name it).

Young, quirky Aphra was introduced already, along with her murdering robot pals (whom I adore, fyi, as they’re hilarious). I actually think that Triple Zero got one of the best lines of the volume (“Oh! Well then it’s good news and good news!”). I’m still curious about Black Krrsantan, whom I know ends up running with Aphra at a later point in the series.

Other moments worth mentioning: Boba Fett cameo! Vader hires him to track down and catch Skywalker (before he knew the kid’s name, that is). Vader’s reaction to that bit of news was…interesting. I highly recommend looking into it yourself, as it’s worth seeing (even if you just google the images for those pages).


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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