Star Wars: Darth Vader #4

Star Wars: Darth Vader #4

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 8, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 19
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

• Revenge of the Battle Droids???
•  Vader returns to Geonosis to build his army!
•  The Dark Lord's ascension continues!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Apr 8, 2015

    This issue feels like it picks up the pace of the series perfectly, finally calcifying Vaders main plan while checking in with one or two of the loose threads that had been left in the form of the bounty hunters. This feels like a clinic on how to write a great villain book: Vaders obviously not a GOOD person, but Gillen and Larroca make him a COMPELLING one. He often traded on pure cool-factor, but this series seems intent on making him an actual, thinking, complex person. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 9, 2015

    Great stuff and very high recommended across the board as a beautiful package from the first page to the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 8, 2015

    Leading up to this issue I was losing hope but this issue brings back some great pacing and fantastic character moments to make this the strongest issue yet in the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Latest Pull - Scottie Rowland Apr 8, 2015

    My overall verdict is if you havn't started this series, then there must be something wrong with you. There is no reason why any Star Wars fan shouldn't be reading this. Even if you aren't a big Star Wars fan, just reading a story from the bad guys perspective is pretty awesome. Get to your local comicbook story and read this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 9, 2015

    Darth Vader #4is easily the best the series has produced so far. Despite the overall plot development being rather short, the character insight, and fun dialogue more than excites. The artwork also allows for a smooth, palatable insight into theDark Lord'sworld. So if you're aStar Warsfan and not getting this, all I can ask is: why? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Apr 9, 2015

    This mini series is a fun look at Vader, now reeling from failure and mistrust from his peers and his master. It is interesting to see him strike out on his own to put pieces on the board in his favor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 9, 2015

    Darth Vader #4 might not be the most uplifting read this week, but that doesn't make it any less rewarding of one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 11, 2015

    Darth Vader #4 is the sort of issue that makes you stand up and take notice. With a lot of set up out of the way, Gillen and Larroca send Darth Vader on a particularly gnarly adventure, one where his supreme badassery can be on full display. Thank God for comics, because I don't know if movies could ever give us a Darth Vader this amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Apr 18, 2015

    Darth Vader’s solo book has been a wonderful look into the Dark Lord of the Sith. Gillen and Lorroca handle the character masterfully and inject aspects of relatability with the supporting crew. We’re finally starting to explore the story more and that’s all this book needed to jump into a higher realm of greatness. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 9, 2015

    Issue #4 continues to set itself apart, Gillen mixing droid-on-droid action with just the right amount of emotional depth. Much of the issue serves as setup for bigger things yet to come, yet Gillen still manages to find time to further explore the increasingly engaging complexity of the Vader/Aphra relationship. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 19, 2015

    The comic also foreshadows the end of the pair's relationship which the scientist realizes can only end in her death while pushing the pair towards Vader learning more about who currently has the Emperor‘s favor and setting forth to learn how his new army might change the score. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 8, 2015

    Not all chapters of a story are created equal, and I think that applies very much to Darth Vader #4. And considering that this series has done pretty well for itself the past three issues, Kieron Gillen is allowed to have a comic whose biggest sin is that it isn't as exciting or over-the-top as the previous installments. If the ending of the issue is any indication, it looks like Vader will soon have some challenging rivals to conquer, and if Gillen can make Vader's supporting cast this interesting, here's hoping that in future issues, the foes will be just as engaging. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 11, 2015

    Darth Vader has a lot going for it. This particular issue pushes a major plot development forward that will have many readers curious about the next issue. However, much of this issue feels too easy and unimaginative as Vader and friends explore Geonosis, find what they want and leave the place in a hurry. There just isn't enough in here for twenty pages of story unfortunately. I'm still not sold on the characterization of Vader, but it is possible that his supporting cast carries the book. Time will tell how the creators handle this balance. This was an average read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Apr 13, 2015

    Standing alone, this issue was mediocre; however, compared to the previous issues, Darth Vader #4 pales in comparison to the quality we've experienced so far. It'll be interesting to see how Doctor Aphra and Darth Vader's partnership progresses, and hopefully we'll see Aphra become something more than just a cool archaeologist. All of that taken into consideration, the final page of the issue will have you waiting in baited breath for the next issue as Darth Vader forays more deeply into the Emperor's secrets, because that ending is just as good and satisfying as the previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 14, 2015

    The first clunker of Darth Vader isn't a disaster, but just average. After the first three issues, this is a letdown. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Apr 14, 2015

    Those two droids are something.

  • 8.5

    This is a fun self-contained issue with a cool heist.

  • 8.0
    DarioV Jun 25, 2016

    So once again the droids steal the show in "Star Wars" for me. Triple-zero is definitely my favorite new character introduced in the comics right now, with his personality being the complete opposite of C3PO's. This issue's events were relevant but not so enthralling, with a standard mission and Vader being obviously OP against his enemies. Still, now he has a personal army and the issue ends on an exciting note: who's Vader's replacement? Can't wait to see him/her die as painfully as Vader can manage.

  • 8.0
    The Villain Jul 21, 2016

    I have been a bit skeptical of the Vader comic so far. There has been some good and some bad. I found that those new character kind of distracted me from Vader who should be the main character but now they are growing on me a little bit. I'm enjoying the violent droids, they are one part bad ass one part hilarious.

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Apr 10, 2015

    I'd hate to say this (especially since I loved the 1st issue) but for all the hype Darth Vader is generating and the whole hoopla with issue 3 and Aphra, I think Darth Vader is just a mediocre comic now. While on screen, Vader is one of the greatest villains of all time, on the pages of a comic, he just isn't very dynamic (maybe the writer's fault?). I enjoy the main Star Wars series and Princess Leia was a pleasant surprise (Do your thing Mark Waid!) but Vader just doesn't do it for me. Going around random places and force choking random people be it space pirates or Geonosis bug droids doesn't really interest me. And sorry but Aphra is not that cool of a character, she just isn't and neither are the evil versions of C-3PO and R2-D2.

  • 7.0
    JBL Reviews Apr 10, 2015

    Meh

  • 6.0
    Inklings May 28, 2016

    This series continues to vex me. Here we have what should be a given, winning formula: the most imposing, villainous presence in all visual mediums, Darth Vader, is given his own ongoing comic title. Why, then, does this feel so hamfisted? So dull? Vader seems to do so well when pitted against sincere heroes, and even against his own drones; part of Empire's success is due to Vader force-choking his entire crew of high-ranking officers. Here, we have neither of those opposing forces for Vader to feed from, as a character. Instead we have a chatterbox nuisance that Vader only keeps along as contrivance suits him (Aphra) and an obvious ploy to give Vader a party of secondaries (Triple Zero and Beetee One). The last issue grated on me in the same way, and this one hasn't really alleviated any of those glaring problems; the introduction of an organix/synthetic hybrid species on Geonosis was interesting, but ultimately too little to recommend this issue.

  • 10
    Jason The Dude Apr 9, 2015

  • 10
    Ryus Apr 9, 2015

  • 9.5
    SpeakJazz May 7, 2015

  • 9.0
    Cyprian Latewood Apr 19, 2015

  • 9.0
    GlenWizard May 11, 2015

  • 9.0
    fandelabd May 12, 2017

  • 8.5
    Eddiec730 Jun 27, 2015

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    MatchesMalone Jul 12, 2015

  • 7.5
    Alex Mackay Jan 21, 2017

  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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