Star Wars: Darth Vader #6

Star Wars: Darth Vader #6

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 19
7.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

+ Pull List

• The Emperor's machinations revealed!
•  Everything changes for Vader!
•  The tale of Vader's transformation from A New Hope to The Empire Strikes Back continues!
Rated T
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  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 4, 2015

    The second half of the book is miles ahead of the first, but every Star Wars fan will want to read the final seven pages. It's awesome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Jun 9, 2015

    It could be argued that one of the failings of the original movie trilogy (if there really are any) was that there wasnt a whole lot of evidence of the cracks in Vader and Palpatines relationship before Return of the Jedis conclusion. Well, one of the things this series does best is put those cracks on full display and this issue is a perfect example of just that. I am certainly looking forward to seeing that play out even more as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 4, 2015

    This installment is a bit of a mixed bag, mostly because I didn't care much for Cylo and what he brings to the table. There are some nice ties to it and it's an interesting working of technology, something that the films themselves did only so much with because of the time they were made, but the whole thing just rubs me the wrong way from top to bottom, even with the positives it has. The other half of the book is what sells me though and keeps me highly intrigued by the book as we see more of the story through his eyes. We'd grown to that idea through the prequels, and carrying that forward here is certainly interesting. I hope we get more of his early years as Vader as well sometime to explore that. But seeing his changes post-ANH and pre-ESB with how he views the Emperor and Luke is definitely intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jun 3, 2015

    Its a rare stumble in what is otherwise a fantastic issue. Its always interesting when a creative team effectively reminds the reader that Darth Vader was the same person as Anakin Skywalker from the prequels. Its surprisingly easy to view those as totally separate movies, and Gillen and Larocca are excellent at giving glimpses, in the form of brief flashbacks, to Vaders past. And, of course, when news of his present reaches him, the book reaches a wonderful fever pitch of intensely satisfying emotional moments culminating with a giant question mark practically begging to see whats next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Jacob Torres Jun 5, 2015

    With the Expanded Universe wiped away by Disney's acquisition of Star Wars, adding to the new canon could be difficult. Gillen pulls it off with ease, unifying bits of the existing canon while adding his own elements. Darth Vader fits marvelously within the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, adding new layers and motivations that re-contextualize the character's actions in the latter. Combined with Jason Aaron's work on Star Wars, as well asMark Waid's on Princess Leia, the Star Wars universe is in good hands as Marvel faithfully and lovingly adds their touch to a galaxy far far away" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Jun 9, 2015

    Lackluster cyborg characters bring the story to a halt briefly, but the art redeems the action sequences on the whole. Also, the revelation that Vader now knows who Luke Skywalker is, and the fact that Vader must deal with the knowledge that he has son, is portrayed in a beautiful and terrifying way upon the page. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 4, 2015

    It doesn't all work (Vader's first ever dialogue sucks on page or screen), but the dramatic finale is Star Wars goodness through and through. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Jun 3, 2015

    Darth Vader #6 may have been a tale of two halves, but it was most definitely the positives that shone through most. Giving an emotionally driven look into Vader's psyche, with great tension between this Sith Lord and his master, the creative team certainly build energy, leaving this fan hungry for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 6, 2015

    Comics like Darth Vader #6 are why it's going to be so much fun watching Marvel and their writers play around in the Star Wars universe! A rather momentous scene takes place in this issue, and Gillen and Larroca knock it out of the park! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 6, 2015

    Darth Vader #6 is the book that makes me worry for Marvel’s Star Wars line. These book have been tightly tied together and that is working out to be more of a flaw than a strength. The final scene is being regarded as one the best scenes of this series and while it may be a great writing achievement, I also feel that it’s a big editorial slipup. It also doesn’t make up for the sluggish and uninteresting first half. Ultimately, this was a decent entry in this series but could’ve been infinitely better and that’s why it disappointed me. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Inklings May 28, 2016

    The final few pages of this issue are perhaps the strongest in the whole Star Wars endeavor from Marvel. It places much-needed context on Vader's imperative to recruit Luke, to join the two in an imperial dynasty sure to outlast anything Sidious could ever have dreamed of. It informs the private dialogue between he and Luke, again, in their discussion on Endor in Return of the Jedi. It concretely fleshes out pivotal aspects of the character in ways both meaningful and perfectly realized in the comic form. The opening half of the issue also acts as a wonderful polemic between Gillen (and probably the whole of the Star Wars fandom) and late-period Lucas; a fight between the Force and the artificial, flashy, synthetic grace of cyborgs and battle droids and midichlorians. In essence, the fight between Vader and his replacements is like the fight between the mythic philosophy of the Original Trilogy and the heartless, soulless spectacle of the Prequel Trilogy. Vader is representative of Star Wars as the fans adore it, while a new "Grievous-lite" cyborg bears down mercilessly in a lightsaber duel to the death, an embodiment of the very thought-process behind the prequels. This issue functions as a self-mythologizing literary piece. From crude metals, it creates gold.

  • 8.5
    The Villain Jul 23, 2016

    An appearance from Emperor Palpatine will always elevate a comic. I always enjoy the dynamic between Vader and his master. This issue also has another small tie in to the Star Wars comic.

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Jun 5, 2015

    The part where he finds out he has a son made the whole book.

  • 8.0
    NickNightingale Dec 12, 2015

    The end make this issue worth something, the rest of this story arc was boring.

  • 7.0
    Synthozoid Jun 4, 2015

    The Prequel Stank is strong with this one.

  • 4.0

    It's pretty sad how this issue ended up. With weird art and overused concepts, this feels more like wannabe fan fiction than a professional comic book.

  • 10
    Ryus Jun 3, 2015

  • 10
    Jason The Dude Jun 9, 2015

  • 9.0
    SpeakJazz Jun 4, 2015

  • 9.0
    MatchesMalone Jul 14, 2015

  • 8.5
    GlenWizard Jun 4, 2015

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jun 8, 2015

  • 8.5
    Eddiec730 Jun 27, 2015

  • 8.0
    Juanpk26 Jun 4, 2015

  • 8.0
    Cyprian Latewood Jun 6, 2015

  • 8.0
    Henry Killinger Jun 13, 2015

  • 8.0
    Kosmopolite Jun 16, 2015

  • 8.0
    bl0odshot Aug 3, 2015

  • 6.5
    DXO Oct 4, 2015

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