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

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.




• PLUS: The Final Chapter of JASON AARON & LEONARD KIRK’s dark tales!

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Print Length
33 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

  • 80

    The first story in this book brings to an end Jason Aaron’s highly anticipated return to Star Wars and, much like his story in the previous three issues, this final installment reminds us why he has been one of the best to ever do it in the realm of Star Wars comics. Vader is ruthless, exacting, and strategic in all of his schemes, with every setback only allowing him to learn from such an experience to make sure it never happens again. After the conclusion to Aaron’s story, we see a bit more of an ambitious tale from Steve Orlando about Vader becoming infected on an alien planet, and while the story itself is exciting enough, the art from Paul Davidson might be the best execution of the black, white, and red theme in the whole series. Between Vader’s black armor and red blade, these colors often dominate any scene he’s in, with Davidson’s art finding new ways to use these contrasts to make for some truly stunning artwork that’s both frightening and beautiful. The final story sees Vader coming to Hoth and facing off against a gang of wampas, and while the experience itself is entertaining enough, and does fall in line with the tone of this miniseries, it doesn’t really do much outside of “Vader fights wampas.” Understandably, that’s an exciting showdown to watch, but given the inherent potential of the entire Black, White, & Red series, it felt like an underwhelming sendoff. Had these three stories in the final issue had even been rearranged to create a different dynamic for the reader, this issue could have been the best the miniseries has to offer, and while still engaging and intimidating, sends us off slightly underwhelmed, given how much the book has offered over the last few months and the talented creators involved.

  • 80


    Darth Vader: Black White & Red #4 ends the series the same way it began: as a testament to the terror of Darth Vader. If you crave more Vader stories, then this series is definitely tailor made for you.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    There was one story that continued throughout the four issues but other than that each story was a different episode and not really connected to the others. Darth Vader does “win” in each story but he was meant to as it is all based around him and really “from a certain point of view” for the entire mini-series.

    The artwork for the series and this one really does stand out as blood is not really associated with the Star Wars stories so in this case it is mainly the glow of Darth Vader’s light saber.

    Even if you only have a passing interest in the character I would recommend checking out at least one of these issues or just wait until the trade paperback comes out and get that as it is different to anything else Star Wars I have seen for sure.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    This has been a fun series overall in providing a look at Vader but they all keep coming back to the same thing where Vader always wins. And I get why that might either be an edict or just the way everyone writes Vader. But it closes off a lot of interesting avenues to explore in showing some real what-if style kinds of stories. The various works all had their pros and cons and it was fun to get Jason Aaron back on Vader for a bit with an extended four-part story. This issue brought in some great creators for the standalone tales and they each play out well while being their own thing. Definitely an enjoyable run as a whole that I wish took a few more chances.

  • 70


    While the first two stories show Vader at his most powerful, the last shows him taken unaware but still with the fortitude to survive.

  • 40

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    The art in this issue is okay. In fact, there are some panels where the red explodes on the page and is totally noticeable, creating an interesting composition. But compared to all the outstanding and breathtaking art that was on display in the previous issues, the art here pales in comparison. And that’s not to mention the lackluster and antithetical stories contained here that either repeat past storylines or almost undo them. Would these stories have been better if they were included in another series? Maybe. They’re actually fine on their own. But for the final, concluding issue of this otherwise awesome series, it’s sorely disappointing.

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