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Star Wars: Darth Vader - Black, White & Red #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.


Following the successful black, white and red series produced by Marvel Comics, DARTH VADER now takes the spotlight for tales of terror by some of the industries most talented creators! PEACH MOMOKO will spin a story only she can bring to life! PLUS, the return of JASON AARON to the world of STAR WARS with Part One of his Vader tale spanning all four issues!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    An absolutely flawless start to the anthology series which mixes clever, varied storytelling themes around the central character of Vader with an eclectic but absolutely stellar art selection. STAR WARS DARTH VADER BLACK, WHITE & RED #1 is perfect Star Wars comics from everyone involved

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red #1 delivers three distinctly different stories that convey the same message. Through vastly different writing and art styles, they all paint the picture. While Vader is an imposing physical presence, the psyche of the mechanical Dark Lord of the Sith is just as frightening. The series will surely stand as an opportunity for others to shine with their unique takes on the Star Wars universe. Jason Aaron and Leonard Kirk’s story will continue throughout, but Peach Momoko, Torunn Grønbekk, and Klaus Janson prove they are powerful storytellers. I hope to see more from them in the future of Star Wars comics.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Darth Vader gets the Black, White, and Red treatment with three stories that are not only captivating but Star Wars fans will enjoy this. Jason Aaron and Leonard Kirk along with Torunn Gronbekk and Klaus Janson (Who took the time to smooth out his breakdowns in order to elevate Gronbekk’s script) deliver such good stories in their own way while perfecting Vader’s status as an iconic villain, I have to say, it’s the standalone tale by Peach Momoko that is the definite winner due to the nightmarish aspect that she brings to the table. I have to say that while her art will always be breathtaking, it’s great to see Momoko sharpening up her writing skills which I feel that sooner or later she could make a splash as a writer. This new series is not only promising but will leave you wanting more.

  • 95

    Multiversity Comics

    If there is any real criticism of this premier issue of “Darth Vader: Black, White & Red” #1, it would be to flip the first and last story. There’s something more impactful about starting with Vader as the great Chessmaster, moving to Vader as a vision of doom, and ending with Vader as a flawed character with limits. Of course, it makes sense that you put your biggest name, Aaron, first, but thematically it works better flipping those stories. However, this is only a slight criticism of a comic anthology’s otherwise excellent premier issue. It will be exciting to see who else takes a crack at this iconic villain, but the premier issue creates some big shoes to fill.

    “Darth Vader: Black, White & Red” #1 is an excellent kickoff to an anthology series of one of the media’s most iconic villains, exploring what makes this character stand out.

  • 85


    Marvel has been on a roll with their Black, White & Blood series featuring Wolverine, Carnage, and Deadpool, and now, creators take a stab at Darth Vader. Customary of the series, each issue features multiple stories with art-focused narratives exploring different ways to look at the title character. In the first issue, Jason Aaron and Leonard Kirk kick off an ongoing story, Peach Momoko dazzles with a visually striking story, and Torunn Grønbekk and Klaus Janson deliver a Rebel tale.


    Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red #1 is a good start, with three different stories showing the power of Darth Vader. Witness the incredible power of Darth Vader with tremendous visuals in a series that celebrates everyone’s favorite Sith Lord.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    The use of the black/white/red thing over the past several years doesn’t mean as much as it once did but what I get from it are generally good anthology books. And those are hard to come by. Getting the first of four parts of an anthology Star Wars series here focused on Vader is definitely welcome and they’re tales that you can either keep or toss away as part of canon and not worry about it. What you want is to just enjoy what these creators can do in playing in short form with the property and either going wild in their way or rich and deep in others. All three stories have great points to them and have that labor of love feeling that delivers.

  • 80

    Delivering two stories of attempts to eradicate Darth Vader and one story of his inescapable presence, Darth Vader – Black, White & Red continues the trajectory of the Marvel imprint by delivering captivating tales in a rudimentary color scheme that heightens the intensity of each ordeal. The two stories about vanquishing Vader are compelling enough in their own right and are assuredly amplified in their intensity thanks to the black, white, and red color scheme. The true standout of the book, though, is the tale from Peach Momoko, as it marks some of the most hallucinogenic and nightmarish imagery we’ve seen unravel in the galaxy far, far away, especially as the subject matter fully lends itself to such unsettling artwork. If the book was this story alone, it would be one of the most gorgeous and frightening Star Wars books to hit shelves this year, and while the other two stories are assuredly accomplished, they do take away from the effectiveness of the book as a whole and feel like dips in quality compared to what Momoko pulled off. Still, the book delivers riveting tales of Vader’s villainy and we can’t wait to see what else this title has in store for us down the line.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    Darth Vader comes to the Black, White and Red series with unique storylines not linked to any other continuity. After recently suffering through some not so great ones I am glad for it. The red in this case refers to the colour of his light-saber as there is not so much blood in this version of the series in comparison to other characters it has covered.

    The most visually striking and disturbing story would have to go to PEACH MOMOKO’s vision of Darth Vader as a nightmare of the galaxy. Is the most out-there version of the character I have yet seen and is an excellent example of this creator’s work. Every panel could be an A0 poster on your wall I swear.

    You have to make your expectations to a 180 degree turn to get the most out of these stories. Darth Vader does not see himself as the “bad guy” so he is always going to win in this stories no matter what.

    This is another one that will be great to read each issue when it is coming out but it will own once the trade paperback comes out.

  • 80

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    Overall, the format of this comic series is unique and interesting, with a classic feel to it. The simple colour scheme makes each scene incredibly potent, and without revealing too much, it’s definitely a worthwhile read.

    I look forward to seeing where the main story goes following Vader’s surprising defeat.

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Star Wars: Darth Vader Black, White & Red #1 brings Vader fan three new tales featuring their favorite Sith Lord. While anthologies from Marvel Comics are not alway that great, even in the Black, White and Red series, this issue at least is okay. Two out of the three stories in the comic are good. The first story is an ongoing story that’s good and will carry over into all four issues. Then there’s the second story written and drawn by Peach Momoko, and this one steals the show as the best in this issue with its cool and surreal Darth Vader imagery. Hopefully the next issue of the series will keep up the pace.

  • 60


    Darth Vader is added to the list of comic characters getting his own anthology series in black and white (often with a bit of red thrown in). Darth Vader: Black, White & Red #1 offers three separate tales, one of which apparently will continue through four issues (diverging from the usual format of this kind of comic series). It’s not the strongest group of stories, but there is something here for big Vader fans.

    “Hard Shutdown Part 1” involves Vader searching for a missing scientist Dr. Sendvall leading the Sith Lord into a trap, although not one laid by the rebellion. Nice action, but not sure I need to see this tale go on for three more issues. “Inescapable” is an odd fever dream of an unnamed character haunted by visions of the Dark Lord of the Sith. “Dissolution of Hope” spends more time on Rebels attempting to sabotage a facility than on Vader who shows up at the end to stop their efforts and provide a working weapon to his Emperor. All are fine, with solid art, but nothing here is a must-read.

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