Review: Darth Vader (2015) #1

Darth Vader (2015) #1
Darth Vader (2015) #1 by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I kind of just want to fangirl at Kieron Gillen after reading the new Darth Vader (more than I already did).

I mean, everyone’s had soooo many feelings about Disney buying Lucas Films, about Dark Horse losing the rights to publish Star Wars titles, but Marvel knows what the hell they’re doing, and they’re good at it.

For one thing, they put the brilliant Kieron Gillen on the Darth Vader title. It starts out with the Emperor being super pissed at Vader after the Death Star blows up, busting him down and telling him to do whatever that guy Vader force choked in A New Hope tells him to do.

So Vader’s in a bad mood. And because Vader is really Anakin Skywalker, moody Vader is dangerous, hyper focused, psychokiller Vader. Making deals and scheming while still implementing the will of the Emperor, then catching some sites on his old Tatooine stomping grounds.

I do recommending picking up Star Wars #1 and reading it before this title. The time lines intermingle and there’s pertinent information. It’s so worth it.

Seriously, this start to the Darth Vader series is everything I hoped for. No slow burn story build up, just light sabers cutting off limbs and grumpy space wizards being conspiratorial. I love it.

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