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Star Wars: Darth Vader #3

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

When a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? Meet Aphra, the galaxy’s foremost raider of lost weaponry! Plus, could these be the deadly droids she’s looking for?

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23 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    The Fandom Post

    This is what I was waiting for. This is where we see the potential of not just the character, but in doing some really strong material within the Star Wars universe that feels cohesive and a part of things but builds on it rather than replicating it. There are obvious echoes to the films that one would expect, as the films played that card well, but with the introduction of Aphra and the two droids, it all feels like we're seeing something really grand taking shape here. Aphra is a huge sell for the book and with her personality, dialogue and Larroca's design for her, she should be a nearly instant hit with fans that I'd almost hazard would rival Boba Fett in a way if given a chance. I'm completely enamored by her and the potential with her, and what she and Vader and this team he may be putting together can do while off in the larger Star Wars universe.
  • 90


    Darth Vader#3 introduces some new themes, some new characters, and overall imprints a lot of fun into the series, while still maintaining its dark tone with the sulky Lord Vader.
  • 85

    Unleash The Fanboy

    Darth Vader #3 does a wonderful job of developing on it's already intriguing plot, with the introduction of Doctor Aphra and Triple Zero allowing this tale to diverge further from the normal Star Wars pattern. The mixture of personalities also allows for great balance, with certain areas of some being more joyful than the others.
  • 84


    A good set up, but nothing more, as yet.
  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    If you were waiting for this series to find a stronger footing in terms of the story, this is the issue you were waiting for. After spending two issues of setting up the tone and setting of this series, Kieron Gillen is getting to his real story. Although, this issue is merely a set-up for that but it remains great nonetheless. This comic captures Vader in every way that you would hope for and that’s what makes it so good. Read
  • 80


    Let’s start with the obvious—Vader has a girlfriend! Okay, not really, but the presence of Doctor Aphra is one of immediate importance, Gillen gifting the Sith Lord an ally not clad in white and black armor. Introducing an original character, into canon no less, is no small feat, and it’s something Gillen mostly pulls off. Aphra is at once engaging, her devil-may-care attitude calling to mind another freewheeling pilot. That same attitude does get a bit overblown at times, as her interactions with Vader seem a bit too flippant considering the infamous company. That said, it’s somewhat refreshing to have a positive character who also happens to side with the Empire, making this particular odd couple one to look forward to with interest.
  • 80

    Comic Vine

    The formula this issue follows is still an effective one, and heres to hoping that this isnt Doctor Aphra, or her droids, sole appearances in this new, exciting Star Wars Universe. They may not be the most original of characters, but that doesnt mean theyre not any fun, and this issue does a great job introducing them to us. Vaders goals are becoming grander and grander, and its going to be interesting to see how this ties back into the Original Trilogy (if at all) or how he keeps it all under wraps.
  • 80

    "Darth Vader" #3 is a huge step forward for the series. The fun of the "Star Wars" universe isn't necessarily in its plot but its playability. Issue #3 takes advantage of that and -- instead of merely dropping Easter eggs -- it devotes a whole lot of plot space to describing and explaining droids. Working in a different universe, it might have been preferable to move faster but, with "Darth Vader" #3, it results in a great read.
  • 70


    Unless the series is going to be Darth Vader cutting a huge swath through the galaxy leaving dead bodies in his wake (don't get me wrong, that could work), the series needs characters like Aphra to ping conversation and ideas off of. I'm intrigued to see where the comic goes from here. Worth a look.
  • 60


    A decent issue that slowly progresses the plot and introduces an interesting new character, but it's so darn sparse you'll be done reading in a few minutes and think about it thereafter for even less.
  • 60

    Comic Crusaders

    Marvel are putting a lot of work into their new Wars books. My worry, evidenced here, is the rehashed set pieces which will eventually lead to boredom, if it hasn't already.

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About the Author: Kieron Gillen

Kieron Michael Gillen (/ˈɡɪlən/; born 30 September 1975) is a British comic book writer and former video game and music journalist. In comics, Gillen is known for Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine, both co-created with artist Jamie McKelvie and published by Image, as well as numerous projects for Marvel, such as Journey into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Young Avengers and Eternals. In video game journalism, he is notable for creating the New Games Journalism manifesto.



As a reviewer, Gillen has written for publications such as Amiga Power (under the pseudonym “C-Monster”), PC Gamer UK, The Escapist, Wired, The Guardian, Edge, Game Developer, Develop, MCV/Develop, GamesMaster, Eurogamer and PC Format, as well as the PC gaming-oriented website Rock Paper Shotgun, which he co-founded in 2007. In 2000, Gillen became the first-ever video game journalist to receive an award from the Periodical Publishers Association, for New Specialist Consumer Journalist. Gillen is a fan of the work of the video game developer Warren Spector, having written positive pieces on several Spector’s games, most notably Deus Ex and Thief: Deadly Shadows, both produced by Ion Storm.

In addition to his work as a reviewer, Gilen has acted as a guest speaker at numerous video game industry conferences.

In a September 2010 post at Rock Paper Shotgun, Gillen announced he was leaving full-time video game journalism to devote his time to comic book writing.


Gillen’s earliest work in comics was published in various British small-press anthologies and Warhammer Monthly. Between 2003 and 2007, Gillen collaborated with artist Jamie McKelvie on a comic strip for PlayStation Official Magazine – UK, entitled “Save Point”, following up with the pop music-themed urban fantasy series Phonogram, which was described by Gillen as his “first real comic”. Veteran comics writer Warren Ellis dubbed the series “one of the few truly essential comics of 2006.” The first issue, published by Image Comics, went on sale in August 2006, with the first series running for six issues. The sequel, a series of one-shots subtitled The Singles Club, launched in December 2008. Between 2014 and 2019, Gillen and McKelvie collaborated on The Wicked + The Divine, an Image series that has won Gillen multiple awards, including nominations for the Eisner Award for best new series, and for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. Gillen’s other creator-owned work includes Three, a mini-series about the helots of Sparta, and The Ludocrats, initially announced in 2015 as a collaboration between writers Gillen and Jim Rossignol and artist David Lafuente. The series was eventually published in 2020 with art by Jeff Stokely.

On 14 April 2008, it was announced Gillen would collaborate with the artist Greg Scott to expand on Warren Ellis’ newuniversal series with “a story about killing the future” set in 1959. That year, Gillen also wrote Crown of Destruction, a Warhammer Fantasy comic. Further Marvel assignments included a Dazzler short story and a Beta Ray Bill one-shot, which was followed by a three-issue mini-series. Gillen’s workload at Marvel increased in late 2009. At HeroesCon, it was announced he would be writing a tie-in to the “Dark Reign” storyline, the mini-series Dark Avengers: Ares, and, during the 2009 Chicago Comic Con, it was announced that he will collaborate with Steven Sanders on S.W.O.R.D, an X-Men spin-off series. Gillen took over Thor following a run by J. Michael Straczynski, writing issues #604 to 614. In late 2010, Gillen launched another X-Men spin-off Generation Hope that picked up plot threads from the end of the “Second Coming” storyline. Gillen wrote the title for twelve issues before passing it to James Asmus. After co-scripting a few issues of Uncanny X-Men with outgoing writer Matt Fraction, Gillen took over the series with issue #534.1. His time on the title saw the book through the 2011 “Fear Itself” storyline, a renumbering to #1 in the wake of the “Schism” storyline, and a tie-in with the “Avengers vs. X-Men” storyline. After finishing his run with issue #20, Gillen penned a five-issue epilogue miniseries AvX: Consequences that dealt with the aftermath of that event. In 2011, Gillen returned to Marvel’s Asgard with a run on Journey into Mystery (the original name of the Thor series, continuing its original numbering), starting with issue #622 and finishing with #645 in October 2012. As part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Gillen wrote two books: Iron Man (again taking over from Fraction) with art by his frequent Uncanny X-Men collaborator Greg Land, and Young Avengers with Jamie McKelvie.

In June 2020, Marvel announced that Gillen would write Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar, the first series in a line of Warhammer comics published by the company. In 2021, Gillen began writing the Eternals ongoing series, illustrated by Esad Ribić.

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