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

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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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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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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.”

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]