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Star Wars: Darth Vader - Black, White & Red #2 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


Along with artist LEONARD KIRK, these two titans of comics tell a tale of horror and intrigue!

PLUS, David Pepose makes his STAR WARS debut!

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Kindle Edition
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33 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Issue two of this series is violent, bloody and disturbing on several levels as the creative teams continue to explore the darker aspects of Vader from his ability to control the force, his complete lack of mercy and his dark influence of an impressionable young mind through his mere presence. The art is and minimalist color palette set the mood perfectly in all three stories as this second installment proves itself to be as excellent as the previous one.

  • 94

    Un Cómic Más

  • 84

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    Issue #2 is another strong addition to the anthology series, Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red. Containing another chapter of Jason Aaron and Leonard Kirk’s story, alongside two other mini-stories, the series continues to be a fun, dark read.


    While the series continues to use similar plot lines that Vader comic fans are familiar with, the art and bite-size stories continue to be engaging and suitable to the character.

  • 81


    Darth Vader: Black, White & Red #2 continues to paint the Dark Lord of the Sith in a new and terrifying light via a trio of tales. With the series now at its halfway point, there’s still plenty of ground to be covered and plenty of creators to leave their mark on Vader.

  • 80

    The two standalone Vader stories in this anthology showcase the power of the Dark Side in two different ways, but both are effective. While one sees Vader facing off against a monstrous horde and (spoiler alert) defeating them, due to just how powerful the Dark Side has made him. The second standalone depicts how, while the Dark Side comes with inherent villainy, that’s all a manner of perspective, as the connection to the Sith can also come with delivering revenge to those who have wronged you. The continuing story, about Darth Vader’s capture and potential dismantling, similarly highlights just how much carnage he can cause even while physically immobilized, with all three entries utilizing a black, white, and red color scheme in mostly effective ways. At best, the red is used to punctuate and draw focus to narrative or compositional components, though the restraints of the palette do sometimes deliver a more muted experience. Still, this is some of the best Darth Vader content we’ve been given in Star Wars comics as of late, making this sophomore issue just as engaging as the premiere installment.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    Anthology books are always going to be pretty variable but the draw is in the character and/or concept and seeing how it can be reworked. Vader has had a lot of stories over the decades and there’s plenty of hit or miss to be sure. The main story is one that continues to unfold pretty well as it looks into the legacy of what built Vader and what comes from it. Pepose’s story is pretty solid if familiar while Ying’s story is the weakest for me but had the most potential to explore by showing the way Vader and power can inspire people to dark places. It just didn’t hit what it needed to with the original characters for it to engage, especially as Vader’s presence was so minimal. Still, a solid installment overall with this issue and has me looking forward to more standalone pieces and more of Jason Aaron’s storyline.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    There is quite a bit of blood in one of the stories this time and it does lean to more horror type stories.

    I was surprised that they did go down the “from a certain point of view” line with a young child on a planet being bullied only to have a bigger tyrant turn up in the form of Darth Vader and the child likes it.

    While not as out-there as the previous issue with PEACH MOMOKO this is still different enough from the other Star Wars comics that I would recommend this one even to people who are not really into the comics.

    Well worth your time and this will be a great one to get as the collected edition once it finishes its run.

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