Star Wars: Darth Vader Annual #2
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Star Wars: Darth Vader Annual #2

Writer: Chuck Wendig Artist: Leonard Kirk Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 18, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 8
8.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

DARTH VADER intends for the Empire to hold no secrets for him - or from him. Which means it is time to dig into the pet project of GOVERNOR WILHUFF TARKIN and ORSON KRENNIC: the massive battle station being built on GEONOSIS. Opportunity arises when the project is hindered by sabotage from unknown forces. THE EMPEROR calls on his dark enforcer to root out the source of treachery that threatens to destabilize the Empire's galactic ascent.
Rated T

  • 10 - Patrick Cavanaugh Jul 18, 2018

    While the issue doesn't make you sympathize with Vader, virtually every panel shows new levels of his anger and resentment towards what he's become and how, no matter what tasks he carries out, he will still never be Palpatine's most highly-regarded underling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 31, 2018

    This story inserts Vader and Tarkin into the events that lead up to Rogue One and it's a winner. If you enjoyed that film, you will enjoy this story. The art didn't work for me, but that comes down to preference. It might be a non-issue for you, so I suggest you check out this book and skim its images before discounting it. I'm not sorry to have picked this book up. I just wish the art had been a titch stronger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Jul 18, 2018

    Wendig's annual adds fantastic lore to the Star Wars universe by building up Tarkin and surprisingly tearing down one of the most feared beings in the galaxy. Wendig shows readers a transfer of power and adds so much more to both these characters. Get this issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 18, 2018

    An entertaining story that ties into familiar places, faces, and events. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Eric Goebelbecker Jul 23, 2018

    "Darth Vader Annual" #2 gives us a unique view into the eponymous character and his first encounter with Tarkin's Death Star. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 24, 2018

    The dynamic between Tarkin and Vader is an interesting area to explore and some of it was done in novel form previously. We've got expanded elements of it in the ongoing Darth Vader series and I like that we get more of it here, though its primary focus is to bring Vader through a journey to familiar locations and adding more nuance to it all. Read Full Review

  • 3.1
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Jul 23, 2018

    For someone as vocally controversial in fan relations as Chuck Wendig, you have to deliver to survive. What Wendig delivers here is a pile of garbage! The pity is that it disrupts what has been a beautiful run from Soule on the title. Likewise, for fans who are supposed to be buying into a cohesive universe, someone dropped the ball here. Normally there is sloppy editing at Star Wars Marvel, but the blame must lie on the checking system within the Story Group and/or Wendig. An awful issue for fans of Star Wars and best avoided. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Villain Jul 18, 2018

    I've become a fan of Chuck Wendig's work over the past few years and I was impressed by this larger issue. It focuses on some of the key figures in the Empire and the dog eat dog characteristics they have. Its all a quest for power and rivalry is certainly present. There is a lot of great tie in to Rogue one which is always welcome.

  • 9.0
    iPodwithnomusic Jul 18, 2018

    I really enjoyed this issue, I will definitely read it again any time I plan to rewatch Rogue One. The story was very interesting, with Vader investigating the Death Star and meeting Orson Krennic. All the dialog in this issue was great, and did a good job of calling back to Vader's past at appropriate times. My only complaint with the story was that the egg in Galen's office was such a critical plot point, yet we never got to see Galen and him being proven innocent was just quickly mentioned at the end.

    Kirk's artwork was awesome, whether he was drawing Vader's helmet or a human face every character looked great. I also liked the way images of ships flying through space were used to transition between scenes, it gave the comic more

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 Jul 18, 2018

  • 7.5
    VGCinema Jul 24, 2018

  • 7.0
    Jason The Dude Jul 23, 2018

  • 7.0
    StanielK Aug 19, 2018

  • 6.5
    CesarCastanha Jul 20, 2018

  • 4.0
    Nicetrylaoche Jul 18, 2018

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