Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Raffaele Ienco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 5, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 24
8.2Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!"
THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES!
In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses -- plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke's utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke's unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everyth more

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 5, 2020

    Ienco delivers some stunning art in this first issue. The visuals have the look and feel of previous Star Wars stories and that is comforting to fans of this universe visually. Ienco brings some great visual touches throughout and the point of view panels from Vader's perspective are remarkable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Feb 8, 2020

    Darth Vader #1 is one of the best Vader comics in a sea of outstanding Vader books. It leans into the character's history, the good and the ugly, and manages to produce something more than coherent of it. With such a strong art team as well as a script so well-executed, I struggle to think of someone I wouldn't recommend this to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Feb 5, 2020

    I liked this issue a lot. Greg Pak avoids the usual Vader tropes to give readers a peek at what goes on under the helmet as he searches for Luke and all those who ruined his son, in his mind. It's funny since that's where some of the best scenes end up happening and that, and a crazy cliffhanger will have me back for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Feb 5, 2020

    An emotionally impactful and action-packed restart for Marvel's Darth Vader comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 4, 2020

    This is an interesting and valid new direction for the Darth Vader series. Pak and company are exploring who the man is now that he knows he has a child in the universe. That's a frightening thing for Vader to realize and in that sparks a journey that will likely change the way he sees his identity. This is a Darth Vader story about a Sith Lord reclaiming their identity after all the pieces were shattered decades earlier. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 11, 2020

    Pak's work is solid throughout and Ienco brings it to life in a way that I would not have bet would look as great as it does. I've grown to really enjoy his work but it can be really hit or miss depending on the property. The Darth Vader series may be him at his best yet and I'm excited to see more of what Ienco can bring to the page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Feb 4, 2020

    Overall, this comic delivers for Star Wars fans who are looking for a story about Darth Vader that will take them down a pathway that's both consistent with what they've seen in the past while simultaneously helping to flesh out the character in new and intriguing ways. While there are a few moments of brevity (who doesn't love seeing a Gungan die or a smart aleck droid?), the story this new team seems to be setting up marks a different enough tone that warrants another outing with the Dark Lord of the Sith. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Feb 10, 2020

    "Star Wars: Darth Vader" #1 is a great first entry into a new chapter of Darth Vader's story and ends on a cliff hanger so huge, you can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Feb 6, 2020

    As far as a first issue, it wasn't the strongest but has enough meat on the bones to get people talking about the possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Feb 5, 2020

    The book is surely entertaining, but it's too early to tell if it's going anywhere that will be satisfying or earn its place alongside previous Darth Vader series that were strong successes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Swanktub Feb 5, 2020

    This comic really caught me off guard. Based off of the previews I had decided I was not going to buy this series. The art didn't look like it was going to appeal to me, and I personally find Greg Pak's writing to be very hit or miss. When I visited my local comic shop I was surprised to see this issue almost sold out early in the morning, so I decided to buy it and give the first issue a chance. And boy am I glad I did. Pak had big shoes to fill following on from the great runs from Gillen and Soule, however he succeeds in making his Vader true to the films and previous comics, while putting his own take on the character. Reading this story I sensed a genuine sense of rage coming from the character that I have never experienced before. It more

  • 10

    rican scale 5/5 not hot doo doo water

  • 10
    Shaffer2323 Feb 11, 2020

    Wow. This was good. Minimal dialog, but the art takes over to convey the plot. I've read the 2015 run and 2017 run for Dee Vades and they contain some of the best moments for this character. From what I can tell, there will be more to come in this run. And don't get me started on that cliffhanger that could potentially change everything we know about Vader. SO THERE BETTER BE A DAMN GOOD EXPLANATION!

  • 10
    Melfice X May 9, 2020

    Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Review
    Written by Greg Pak
    Art by Raffaele Ienco


    Greg Pak does an absolute stunning job delivering this first issue of Star Wars Darth Vader which takes place in the aftermath of empire strikes back. The story is intriguing as you travel with Vader on a journey for retribution and almost feel every emotion as he tries to reason why his son refuses to rule by his side. Greg Pak does an excellent job of finding a voice for Darth Vader throughout the issue and exposing the duality between himself as the now dark overlord of the sith to the younger Anakin in flashbacks. I absolutely loved that they used flashback scenes from the prequels to tie in Anakin's past. Even though Vader is an emot more

  • 9.5
    M1sf1r3 Feb 8, 2020

    Prelude:
    I've been looking forward to this Darth Vader relaunch and it's premise so let's hope Pak does well.

    The Good:
    Love the premise of the story.

    The flashbacks and trip into the past for Vader. So good, so wonderfully executed.

    Some good comedy from Zed Six Seven.

    I know it's not her but it's a cool cliffhanger.

    Ienco's art is great, especially on Vader.

    The Bad:
    Nothing.

    Conclusion:
    I. LOVED. THIS. ISSUE. It was just everything I wanted from it and more.

  • 9.0
    the green death Feb 5, 2020

    Knew nothing about this going in except that it's about Vader right after Empire. I figured I'd but the first issue then wait for ComiXology sales for later issues, but there's no way I'm waiting now. Great issue, strong art and a fantastic cliffhanger I certainly didn't see coming. This is Pak on his A-Game.

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  • 9.0
    Talon1load Feb 6, 2020

    I loved this issue. This is what I’ve waited for since I first saw the original trilogy back in the 80’s. Vader actually looking into where Luke came from and trying to find out how this happened. It was great.

  • 8.0
    Azrael Feb 6, 2020

    The dialogue with the droid helping Vader felt a bit weird. Vader is the type to shut someone up if they’re talking too much like with Aphrodite. But all in all this was a good issue.

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