Star Wars: Darth Vader #11

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 18
8.9Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

• Aphra's private investigation on behalf of Vader...
•  Vader's investigation on behalf of the Empire...
•  It all come crashing together...with deadly results.
Rated T

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Oct 27, 2015

    Thanoth and Vader setting traps for one another forms the spine of the issue but a moment between Aphra and Vader is the highlight here as the not-so-good doctor wonders if her time of usefulness to the Sith has come to an end. It's a bleak, brutal moment between two characters, both aware of how much their relationship is based on practicality is electric and dangerous. It's the kind of exciting unpleasantness only a book as relentlessly focused on the intricacies of villainy and power can show off and it's another testament to how delightful this comic so often is. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 24, 2015

    With the exception of the lettering, this is a fantastic read. Every Star Wars fan will relish what transpires. An excellent book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin Oct 23, 2015

    Darth Vader #11 is one of the best entries in the series to date, surpassing the recent entries by miles. Giving an engaging, yet exciting narrative, the creative team more than grabbed this reader's attention, with the build-up to Vader Down being all the more intense. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Oct 26, 2015

    Darth Vader #11 acts as a culmination of sorts where Darth Vader's agenda finally clashes with that of the Emperor. It's a clash that's not quite on the level as the Battle of Hoth or the Battle of Endor. No planets blow up and nobody gets a hand chopped off. But it has all the necessary details. It conveys a refined, concise narrative that fits perfectly into the existing Star Wars mythos. And most importantly, it does this without gungans or Trade Federations. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 22, 2015

    It will come as no surprise to every kid that wanted to be the baddie that Darth Vader has rapidly taken the top spot as the most consistently compelling book in the current line of Marvel Star Wars comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 24, 2015

    Darth Vader moves into an interesting place here where there's even more uncertainty than there was before with the core relationship that exists. Of course, everyone is expendable in this book and that's something that really needs to be remembered as it defines it in a great way. Vader's not going anywhere and we know the overall arc for him, but seeing the way things are fleshed out and how he interacts with others makes it pretty damn exciting, even when it goes in a kind of roundabout way like it does here with the information dealer and what's being dealt with. There's a lot to like here with its mix of action, humor and threat that's all presented in another fantastic looking form from Larroca. This is a great book that just keeps me excited every time a new issue hits. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 22, 2015

    Kieron Gillen has cooked up an unusual and fascinating conflict for Vader, one that can't simply be slashed or Force Choked into submission. If this comic were The Shield, Vader would be Vic Mackey, the tough guy protagonists struggling to keep his web of lies and deceit from collapsing around him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Oct 22, 2015

    It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out. Given the upcoming “Vader Down” crossover event, you can assume it doesn't go well, but the pieces are there for it to be executed well, for Vader's… Downness… to be arrived at organically and compellingly. Thanoth doesn't yet know he's chasing Vader (presumably), but he's putting the screws to him just the same. That, in turn, puts a strain on Vader's relationship with Doctor Aphra–revealing that their bond is a lot more developed and affecting than initially I realized. Darth Vader's sweating (not literally–can he even do that?), and his back is against the wall. You might balk at the idea of making Darth Vader vulnerable, but it pays off here, and it's worth seeing where it goes. Onward to #12! Read Full Review

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