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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: 9 User Reviews: 21
8.2Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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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

  • 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 - 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

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