Star Wars: Darth Vader #5

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Raffaele Ienco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 16, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 11
8.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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•    DARTH VADER'S search for revenge against those who hid his son Luke reaches a terrible climax - at the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA!
•    What secrets does he learn? And who will pay as a result?
•    All the answers are coming - in the ruins of POLIS MASSA - the birthplace of Luke Skywalker!

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  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Sep 16, 2020

    Well worth looking up if you are a fan of Star Wars or just want a good story. Maybe wait for the collection of the stories by this stage in the storyline as it would be harder to pick up what is going on by this point. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 16, 2020

    As this story wraps up, Emperor Palpatine makes his presence felt to administer some punishment to his apprentice. Greg Pak and Raffaele Ienco have worked well in tandem throughout this series to show a side of Darth Vader we've never seen before while putting him in situations that we've also never seen him in. Both objectives are accomplished while keeping Vader's menacing mystique firmly intact. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - John Edward Lee Sep 16, 2020

    This isnt the usually ending point too an arc. Typically they end at issue 6. This issue had the a wrapping up feel to it, but it seems that the Emperor is now ready to put Vader back on the path to hatred, fear, and glory. How this will happen, only time and Greg Pak will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 22, 2020

    This Darth Vader series is doing a great job of exploiting events after Empire with binding its opening arc to what happened at the end of the prequels. It's giving us some of the serious cracks that began to form in Vader's mind after spending twenty years keeping his Anakin side pushed down hard and out of the way and that will lead into his end-story in the next film well. Watching him deal with being so close to Padme's body is definitely engaging and returning to where the twins were born after all this time adds another layer to events that really connect well. It's sharply written with some really strong moments tied to some gorgeous artwork. The spiral moment for Vader that takes us back to the tunnel in Empire is great as we see the three main forms of this character over the six films, de-evolving him briefly as he copes with everything he's learned. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Adrian Jan 1, 1970

    I don't think Star Wars:Darth Vader #5is done as well as the issue that precedes, but I think that speaks more to how powerful that issue was. The fate of the Amidalans is all but written already and it's hard to have Darth Vader learn much more than he has at the end of this issue. I am interested to see where Pak takes this arc. The story around Padm seems to be wrapped up in Star Wars:Darth Vader #5. Despite being slightly let down but still entertained, I am confident in this team's ability to provide a compelling story that will add more to the ever-growing myth of Darth Vader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Sep 16, 2020

    With another issue to go in this narrative, our expectations are quite high regarding Vader's reunion with Palpatine and the ways in which their chaotic relationship will move forward after an emotional fire within Vader has been ignited. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - acnbat Sep 11, 2020

    While there are elements of this issue that are much too similar to previous ones, we do get some progression to the story, albeit with not one, but two shocking cliffhangers. One of which made this reviewer a bit sad. This series continues to impress with a solid study of one of the most popular villains in the history of, well anything. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - NumidianPrime Sep 18, 2020

    Overall, the issue was a very satisfying conclusion to the main character arc but not as satisfying a conclusion to the plot. Maybe my feelings will change one way or the other after the rest of the run is complete and we know where the plot leads from here. Even with my somewhat mixed feelings about this issue, this arc was a very pleasant surprise compared to my initial expectations for the series, and I'm still looking forward to seeing where we go from here. The next arc looks like it will tie heavily into The Rise of Skywalker, so I'll definitely be curious to see what that's like. Read Full Review

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