Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #2

Writer: Tim Siedell Artist: Stephen Thompson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 15, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

An unknown enemy obliterates a star destroyer. An attempt is made on the life of the Emperor. A new evil has made itself known in the galaxy, and Darth Vader is going to find it and crush it. But beware, warns the Emperor, this new adversary appears to wield a sorcery very old and very dark.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 15, 2013

    The last issue was really good and a great start to the series and while this issue didn’t exactly feel like a continuation of that issue, it was still incredibly good. The last third of the book connects the two issues, but I have a feeling that it will overlap more in the next issue. Usually I would say that it’s okay to jump on with this issue (it still is), but I really think that both the first issue and this one are worth buying. It’s very likely that this is the definitive Darth Vader story and it’s pretty damn amazing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 27, 2013

    A worthy addition to the Star Wars saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 15, 2013

    It's not everyday you get a fresh story in the Star Wars universe. More times than not we get another rehash Boba Fett story, or some Jedi story with a couple different pieces added in to make it fresh. This story however, reads and feels as fresh as they come. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 20, 2013

    That alone speaks volumes as to the amount of trouble his apprentice is in, as Darth Vader has gone from being the hunter to the hunted. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 16, 2013

    While this story has spun out of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine being set on edge by a threat they cannot discern, the story itself is a showcase for what the Sith can do when they cease holding back. People are Force-choked, lightsabers are ignited, objects are hurled about with the Force and a considerable body count rises. After all, war has been declared against the Empire and Darth Vader intends to answer back. "Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin" #2 is one of the fastest reading, more inviting-of-a-second-reading comics I've happened across in months. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 15, 2013

    Honestly, this issue should have been the first in the series. If we found out about the assassin as the story progressed instead of having him presented to us in bland fashion, then this would be a series worth getting excited about. As it stands, this comic is fighting to make up lost ground; although it's not doing a bad job of it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin May 14, 2013

    Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #2 is not amazing but it's a good romp in space nonetheless. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman May 15, 2013

    Only two issues in and it's clear this book is going for style over substance thus far. If impressive panels and a few explosions is your cup of tea, then give this a shot. However, I'm hoping chapter three greatly expands on the plot, otherwise I'm afraid I'm going to drop it. I can only afford so many $3.00+ titles, after all, and sadly, this isn't doing a whole lot to really enthrall me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 18, 2013

    As far as things go, the dialogue is such that you can hear Ian Macwhozits and The CNN Guy reading the lines without much trouble, and Vader is his usual nasty self throughout. Artistically, things are strong, with spaceships, armor and mutated Sith all looking great, but the story just sort of meanders through a lethal day-in-the-life, and the worries we are supposed to have (Will the Empire get on it's feet? Is Vader in danger?) already have defined canonical answers, which leaves us with just another bit of EU story-telling. Darth Vader and The Ninth Assassin #2 isn't a bad story, and with other characters, could be a pretty good one, but is lacking in consequences because of the Star Wars universe. Read Full Review

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