Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1

Writer: Tim Siedell Artist: Stephen Thompson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 17, 2013 Critic Reviews: 10
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Eight assassins hired to murder Darth Vader—eight assassins dead. Now the man who enlisted them seeks a ninth assassin. The price? A cost higher than all the credits in his bottomless coffers. But when it comes to avenging his son, no sacrifice is too great to acquire the one man who can kill the Dark Lord of the Sith . . .

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 19, 2013

    I don’t really chase the Star Wars franchise anymore; it’s been dead to me for quite some time, but I’m still really enjoying this Vader series of books. I can’t wait until the next issue and I’m hoping that there is another series planned to follow this one because I’m enjoy the early days of Vader. He may not be my favorite SW character, but he’s the star of my favorite SW series for sure. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Apr 23, 2013

    Star Wars fans, you need to read this as bad as you need a chilled glass of malted vanilla shake. As for the rest of you, Trekkies and the lot, this is still a good comic book to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 18, 2013

    I'm interested, but have a few concerns that I hope next issue will answer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 22, 2013

    This is a fantastic start to what should be an entertaining voyage. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Apr 16, 2013

    Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1 is a solid start to another interstellar romp. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Apr 17, 2013

    If you're picking this up solely to dive deeper into Darth Vader's story, you'll be hugely disappointed. He doesn't say a single word and instead oozes intimidation as he poses and occasionally wields a lightsaber. This issue merely sets up the very simple basics of the story and presents us with the key players. Seeing as this takes place before Episode IV, we know this seemingly awesome assassin won't succeed in his order to kill Vader. The only real question here is if his failure will result in death, some kind of escape from Vader's tight force grip, or if he'll simply just trick the man who hired him. Certainly not a bad debut, but not particularly compelling, either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Apr 17, 2013

    While the art team does a great job of making the most of what is available the overall impression of the Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin was pretty bland. Hopefully future issues involve more of the Sith Lord than this one did, or at least introduces more diverse and interesting locations. With the vast Star Wars universe at their disposal there's no reason this series be a great entry. Even if the focus does not center on Darth Vader a focus on the master assassin could be very entertaining. It's off to a slow start, but only time will tell if this series as a whole can enrich the extended universe or get lost in it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Apr 30, 2013

    Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin was a rather bland establishing issue that barely featured its title character at all. While there was nothing specifically wrong with the issue, the overall feeling I came away from it was indifference. My hope is that the rest of the miniseries will be better, but as an introductory issue, it just doesn't catch my excitement. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Apr 17, 2013

    If you want a great Star Wars comic, then you'd be better off going with Brian Wood's ongoing Star Wars series. Or if you want something that's already collected, try out last year's Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, where the art and the narrative work together to bring you an uncompromising and intriguing Star Wars story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 18, 2013

    As far as opening issues goes this one is average. There are some decent enough elements in the issue but the overall plot is not that interesting and character work just isn't there. Hopefully this series will pick up in the coming issues. If you are looking for the next Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison this isn't quite there yet. Read Full Review

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