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Star Wars #13

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Bringing together the smash-hit Star Wars and Darth Vader series! Leia comes face to face with true evil!

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23 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 93

    The Hub City Review

    I had been planning on bringing a pair of headphones to the midnight premier of The Force Awakens so as to prevent anyone shouting spoilers from affecting the enjoyment of my initial viewing, but now Im reconsidering bringing my iPad instead so as to evangelize the Aarons Star Wars and the Vader Down crossover to fellow fans. Episode VII is expected to smash all kinds of box office records on its opening weekend; there is not a single reason why every single individual seeing that film should not be purchasing this series as well. After all, there are many Star Wars. Whether The Force Awakens properly belongs among them remains to be seen. But this? Now this is Star Wars!
  • 90


    Vader Down is back on track due to characters new and old coming to a head and some fantastic art and dialogue to go with it!
  • 84


    “Where's Vader?” more so than “Vader Down.” This comes off as filling in a story arc, rather than contributing to it.
  • 82


    There's no harm in bringing a little extra fun and silliness into the world of Star Wars, as this comic proves. There's ample entertainment in seeing Luke, Han and Chewbacca locked in battle with Dr. Aphra and her murderous droids. Perhaps this issue is guilty of becoming a little too silly at times, but that's preferable to a comic that doesn't take chances and fails to bring anything new to the table.
  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    The Vader Down event is a bit light on the whole Darth Vader element but that's not a problem since there's more than enough going on to work with. Where it weakens, especially in comparison to the recent issues we've had, is that it's more on the comedy side and cartoonish elements than we've had before. And that just takes me out of it when it's done in this style. Deodato continues to be a solid addition to the roster but I don't think the story material was the best suited for him, especially after seeing such strong work on the Vader Down special. I enjoyed the book overall as it nudgings things forward and plays to some cute nods toward the films, but it's a bit of setup for what's to come more than anything else.
  • 78

    Multiversity Comics

    A goofy, farcical, but nevertheless farcical action scene.
  • 75


    This is a great book if you've been keeping up with Vader Down. If you're just in it for Aaron's series, you're gonna feel like you just walked into a party where everyone was talking about you and isn't telling you.
  • 70


    This issue marks the halfway point of the six-issue crossover arc. Not surprisingly we get far more of Han and Luke than we do of Darth Vader. That said, the Dark Lord of the Sith makes a memorable appearance at the end of the issue coming across a familiar face and setting up the next story in the arc. Worth a look.

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About the Author: Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron (born January 28, 1973) is an American comic book writer, known for his creator-owned series Scalped and Southern Bastards, as well as his work on Marvel series Ghost Rider, Wolverine, PunisherMAX, Thor, and The Avengers.

Early life

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase comic books from spinner racks, some of which he still owned as of 2012.

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors. In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC Comics’s imprint Vertigo, which became his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side. The Other Side was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and Aaron regards it as the “second time” he broke into the industry. Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to Scalped, a creator-owned series with artist R. M. Guéra set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Joker’s Asylum.

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre.” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011 and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012. Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014. In 2018, Aaron relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness. In addition to his work on Marvel characters, Aaron wrote a year-long run on the Conan the Barbarian series after Marvel regained the licensing rights to the character in 2019.

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aaron’s Thor storyline which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God would be the basis for the 2022 film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Personal life

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.

Aaron is a passionate and well known fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion:
I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine.”

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