Star Wars: Darth Vader #2

Star Wars: Darth Vader #2

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 24
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 25, 2015

    If you're at all a Star Wars fan in any capacity, Darth Vader is for you. Gillen continues to make him a dynamic and multi-faceted character, giving him the spotlight in these character-driven stories that capture all the best aspects of Star Wars. Between the strong writing and the even more stunning artwork, this isn't a book you'll want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 27, 2015

    Outstanding story, art, and coloring with a disappointing lack of sounds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Feb 27, 2015

    Overall, I'd say Marvel is doing well with their newly acquired franchise. I think this book surpasses Aaron's Star Wars only because I find Darth Vader to be a far more interesting character, at least in this part of the continuity, than Luke and company. Plus we don't have to deal with any idiotic comments from C-3PO, which is always a plus for me. I'm interested in Vader's quest as well as his reaction when he eventually finds that Luke is his son. Will Gillen show the Sith Lord conflicted, is it only after their first confrontation that Vader begins to let go of the dark side of the Force. I have burning questions and I sincerely hope that Gillen can provide some stellar answers and shed new light on a character almost forty years old. As Vader says in this issue, "have faith" folks, I'm sure we'll be rewarded. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Jeal Mar 2, 2015

    Both this series and the newly released Star Wars comic do something better than any other Star Wars media in the past. They capture the feel of the original series, and there's not much more you can ask for than that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - John Perkins Nov 23, 2015

    The dialogue in the second issue is especially quick and to the point; Kieron Gillen nails the dialogue for Darth Vader and is able to immerse the reader into the comic. All of the speaking habits as well as mannerisms are captured perfectly within this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Feb 26, 2015

    Larroca's art is great and the Delgado's colors really bring the characters to life and it almost feels like you're watching Star Wars. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 26, 2015

    While we get a mostly standalone story here, it's one that's mixed into the bigger picture that's going on with several threads to pick up and explore along the way. The series is one that has started off strong in both writing and artwork and it's easy to imagine all the talent involved is just loving being able to participate in it because it shows so well in each panel on each page. The main draw for me right now is definitely events with Tagge and Vader, though I'll be curious to see how other aspects pick up in his quest to find out more about Luke and Vader's own intent to get back into the Emperor's good graces. There's a whole galaxy to explore out there and the book is definitely itching to start grappling with it. Very good stuff and definitely the perfect follow-up to the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 25, 2015

    You don't want to mess with Darth Vader. We're seeing a moment in Vader's life that hasn't been explored before. After the events of Episode IV, Vader has to tread carefully with the Emperor. Seeing how he deals with his new placement is fascinating even if it feels a little out of character. Kieron Gillen is showing us more of who Darth Vader is and what he's capable of. He doesn't have to Force choke everyone just to get his way. Salvador Larroca continues to squeeze out emotion and characterization in Vader despite being a character wearing a cold and simple mask. We're seeing Vader is willing to make plays for the long run and there's no stopping him from getting his own way. Don't get on Darth Vader's bad side. Be sure to pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Feb 25, 2015

    Darth Vader #2 switches it up and shines the spotlight on some oft-overlooked abilities from the Sith's impressive skillset. The issue also explores the underlying tragic aspect of Vader's nature but never wallows or makes things too maudlin. Combined with the striking art, Marvel's Darth Vader is a series that is worth a shot for all Star Wars fans, no matter how extensive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Feb 25, 2015

    Darth Vader is in good hands with Gillen and Larroca. The story is a bit self-contained for now, but seeing Vader in a different light is more than enough to merit return readership. Larroca's assured pencils bring the character to vivid and dangerous life, his linework in solid concert with Gillen's voice. These guys are no Padawans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Feb 26, 2015

    All said, Darth Vader #2 is a great continuation of the series which should hopefully explore (in Palaptine-voice) a great many things in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 26, 2015

    Salvador Larocca's art is pitch-perfect, not just capturing the authentic nature of the Star Wars universe of ships and landscapes, but in the more subtle way of replicating original actor David Prowse's stance and movements. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Feb 28, 2015

    I am enjoying the direction Darth Vader is taking with these first two issues. I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Mar 2, 2015

    Its an interesting and odd thing, but despite the action present in this issue, Id describe it as being a bit quiet, with the focus more on subterfuge than brute force. Coming into this series, it was a simple thing to expect Darth Vader the Sith Lord powering his way through events with his lightsaber and Force powers. It was definitely a pleasant surprise seeing a focus put on his intelligence and tactics. Its a development that gives me a lot of hope for this series that could have been a throwaway cashing in on one of the franchises most prominent characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Mar 2, 2015

    Overall, Darth Vader #2 solidified this series as one of the best possible series for Vader in terms of character. The character-driven approach is a solid choice and propels this issue to a strong quality, but there isn’t enough going on for this book to reach amazing heights. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Bunch Mar 3, 2015

    With a great twist, great action, and an awesome final 3 pages that leave you hungry for more, issue 2 of Darth Vader will surely please Star War fans and comic book fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - CJ Yudelson Feb 26, 2015

    Darth Vader proves you can't control him in this issue, he may serve but he has a purpose. The creative team gets the character and I look forward to the next issue filling readers in and showing just how he will go about that purpose. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 26, 2015

    The art of doing a comic that stars an unrepentant genocidal madman is no small task, but Darth Vader #2 masters it perfectly. It understands more than anything that the appeal of seeing Darth Vader in a solo series is living vicariously through a black plastic avatar for our darkest and pettiest power fantasies. It also helps that the artwork is phenomenal, emphasizing the larger than life iconography of Star Wars with a lot of brisk, clean, line work. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Feb 25, 2015

    Darth Vader #2 is a solid second entry into this new ongoing, as though it's the weakest in Marvel‘s Star Wars line so far, there are still a lot of positives to take away. The main being the tension between Vader and Tagge, with Vader's dominance shining even in these darker moments. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Feb 25, 2015

    First of all, I cannot say enough about Keiron Gillen. He has proven himself time and again with Marvel properties, co-writing Uncanny X-Men with Matt Fraction, and taking over for Fraction on Invincible Iron Man. Gillen brings his effortless flow and style to the script in the pages of Darth Vader, and we are all better for it. The words can get a little "jargon-heavy" in the Star Wars universe, spouting off ship call signs, and techno-babble that we have come to be accustomed to from the movies. Gillen makes sure none of this falls flat and allows the reader to glide through the book as if it was being read to them. Truly, I hope he stays with Vader for awhile, because it will be interesting to see where he can take that character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 26, 2015

    Despite that artistic ambiguity and some characterization that borders on shallow, "Darth Vader" #2 is a very attractive and compelling chapter in Marvel's new "Star Wars" line. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 28, 2015

    Gillen definitely has a firm hand on the wheel, and his Vader is sufficiently badass and powerful, but the character might be a little too shallow at this point in his life to carry a series. If Gillen starts pushing the Empire politics angle, that might be fun to explore. But for now, stories about Darth Vader being smarter and better than all the Empire flunkies around him won't go very far. Though I guess that depends on how much you love Darth Vader" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 28, 2015

    Darth Vader isn't going to break any barriers. It's pretty clear we are going to get more of what we've seen in the movies but that's okay. A Vader comic book constructed like this is entertaining and visually beautiful and that's really all you need in a comic book. If you like the genre I think you are going to love this comic book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Mar 2, 2015

    Salvador Larroca is the artist here with Edgar Delgado on colours, VC's Joe Caramagna on letters and Adi Granov on the cover. As I said the last time, the artwork is mostly good. There are some panels where there's a bit of a shine on Tagge's face or some of the characters really scrunch up their eyes when talking, but by and large, serviceable artwork. The main thing here is that I'm just not all that excited about the artwork. It seems okay for me, when it really should be amazing. This is Darth Vader we are talking about after all! Read Full Review

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