Bounty Hunters on the attack…against the Empire! Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance, but how long will it last? Plus, who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?
SciFiPulseA good heist story with an excellent new character make this fun reading.
The Fandom PostWhile Aphra didn't quite win me over this installment as she has others, it's partially because of the larger cast she has to deal with and less dialogue than usual. And little in the way of time with Vader. The caper that they pull off is awkward at first but once you get the truth of it all it makes for a very fun second reading to pull it all together. Vader's minefield of dealing with the Imperials also makes for a lot of fun since he can't tip his hat in the slightest here, but there are those that are smart enough to see through certain things that should make him nervous as well. But there's always that calm exterior where it hides all the calculation going on inside. It moves forward in interesting ways here and I've always found Vader to be at his best when he's intimidating more so than when he's fighting or in action mode. And we get some great movements from him here as his larger plans are still unfolding when it comes to the droid factory, the money and more.
IGNDarth Vader is delivering an exciting Star Wars epic that avoids predictable territory in favor of a complex tale of deception and betrayal. This is the comic the Dark Lord of the Sith deserves.
Henchman-4-HireWhen this series first launched, I wasn't quite sure that Darth Vader could maintain an ongoing series. He's not exactly a very open and personable fella. But Gillen and his creative team are proving me wrong. This series is a blast.
Manga Mavericks / All-ComicDarth Vader is pretty much everything Marvel promised its stewardship of Star Wars could be. The story is engaging in a classic, ‘70s manner while also digging into previously unexplored aspects of the Star Wars canon. The artwork is thrilling, the color work top-notch, the characters fun and imaginative, and the pacing work is perfect. Star Wars fans are probably already buying this, but if you’re a lapsed Star Wars fan or someone who’s always admired the series from the sidelines this is a great comic to pick up.
RazorfineThe highlight of the comic is the elaborate heist which includes not only stealing from the Imperials but almost completely covering their tracks to make everyone (except the Imperial Command it seems) unaware that a heist even took place. Just when it appeared the Dark Lord of the Sith had put together the perfect private army to continue his own plans the comic introduces the character of Inspector Thanoth who could put everything at risk. With the heist complete, and Thanoth looking over Vader's shoulder for the forseeable future, I'll be curious to see how much of the bounty hunters will see in the coming months and how the adjunct's presence stifles Vader's plans. Worth a look.
Multiversity ComicsInstead of a moody story, Gillen and Larroca have infused their book with this reckless spirit that only comes from taunting death.
Comic CrusadersAll in all, I don't mind this book. I do sometime feel that stories set between the movies fail to show any real development tothe main characters. For example, instories set between A New Hope and Empire Luke can not become too strong in the Force, and it follows that Darth can't find or dispose of Luke. Of course, this isn't the first time Marvel have traversed this particularly rocky road, and their success, especially when their previous series hit it's high notes whenset between Empire and Jedi. Because of that, I am sure that long time fans may be giving the benefit of the doubt, in similar measures as new fans are enjoying these new Star Wars books.
AIPTThe art by Larroca is certainly sharp and photographic in its detail. There are some epic panels too, showcasing the size of space that are nice to look at. The problem is this story moves so slowly his style just doesn’t work here. His style works great for this type of story, as it’s rife with talking heads. The man does a great job blocking shots when characters stand around that is for sure.