Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist #1

Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist #1

Writer: Alexander Freed Artist: Marco Castiello, Andrea Chella Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: December 5, 2012 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 8
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Shortly after the birth of the Empire, Darth Vader master of combat, terror of his enemies, continues his purge of the Jedi Knights on a planet where his Jedi prey are revered. Amidst a planetwide insurgency, the Dark Lord must snuff out one surviving Jedi, as well as kill the fire of rebellion in the native populace. All will bow to the power of Vader and the Galactic Empire!

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 11, 2012

    I have never seen the Dark Lord so cheesed! Things are going to be really bad next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 10, 2012

    This was a great start for this new series and it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Dec 4, 2012

    The final scene of the comic, which I won't give away, should seal the deal for basically every Star Wars fan who buys this comic. And since it's only a two-part story, I'd say that you're crazy not to check this out. Vader is one of the most important pop culture icons of the last 50 years, and his portrayal in this series is one to admire. And it's one that we all might be hoping returns, sooner rather than later. Freed is certainly onto something, and I welcome his latest addition to the Star Wars universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 5, 2012

    I know that a lot of people are just tired of hearing about Star Wars in general and Lord knows I’m with them, but something told me to check this book out and I’m really glad I did. It gave me a glimmer of what I liked about the franchise and in a way taught me a lesson. Just enjoy it for what it is for as long as you can. Sure things are going to get scary and different, but as long as Dark Horse has the license I’m confident that they’ll treat it with care. Buy the book and enjoy it before the character’s death is retconned for the new movie. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Poet Mase Dec 5, 2012

    Right now, this book is on the edge of worthwhile, in my estimation. If the second issue capitalizes on the unique relationships presented here, we could be seeing the birth of an interesting new character. If, on the other hand, those relationships turn cheesy " something that happens all-too-often in Star Wars comics " this could be just one more false start for the catalog. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Dec 5, 2012

    "Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist" #1 is a great character study for Vader by presenting a challenging and complex problem for him to solve. The use of Major Namada as the narrator brings an external view to proceedings while also helping build toward the final sequence that sets up the next issue's conclusion to this tale. The Star Wars universe is so rich and wide. Stories like this make fans appreciate all that can be covered in the "Star Wars" universe with so many great characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 8, 2012

    I'm not sure where this comic book is going but I can guess that Vader is going to kill a lot of people. This first issue sets up a lot of the players for the endgame, but it does so at the expense of telling a self-contained and highly entertaining story. Overall, I found this to be an average to decent read. I hope the second issue captures the magic from the first Purge book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Dec 7, 2012

    Overall this was a decent read, but I think it suffers from just not having enough room to play. I think a story that could potentially have a lot of magnitude being cramped into a two issue mini series was a mistake. It also seems like there was a lot crammed into this one issue, which made the story also feel rushed, it could've used some more time to develop. If you pick this book up you probably won't be asking for a refund, but you also won't feel like it was the great read you'd be hoping for. Read Full Review

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