Star Wars: Darth Vader #13

Event\Storyline: Vader Down Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 19
7.7Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

• The first crossover of Star Wars's new Marvel age continues here!
•  Vader vs. All the's not a fair fight!
Rated T

  • 9.5 - John McCubbin Nov 26, 2015

    Darth Vader #13 is a brilliant continuation of the Vader Down crossover, giving us a thrilling narrative that builds upon the plotline that was introduced to us in last week's one-shot. The creative team also left us with some gripping twists, leaving us a tantalising cliffhanger as we wait for Star Wars #13. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 28, 2015

    Darth Vader #13 is a rock solid comic that I found to be quite entertaining. Gillen, Larroca and Delgado are a strong team when they are in sync like this and Vader Down is proving to be a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 26, 2015

    If you're a fan of Star Wars, this comic event is a must get. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 26, 2015

    While Larroca has been nailing this book from day one, this one just felt a little off as he had to deal with more of the known characters. While Luke comes across well, Han and Leia just felt awkward, especially in comparison to the main book and what it's doing. That said, it's a minor quibble because he's made this whole series so engaging with the layouts, the placement of the camera and the general flow of making Vader imposing as an action character at times. Gillen's story isn't a huge push forward here but it does set things in motion and gets us ready to really hit the ground running. It's a pretty solid issue all around and just bringing Aphra into the larger connections of the series is a big plus. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 29, 2015

    A good second installment, with the story going off into unexpected directions. If only the lettering were stronger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Dec 7, 2015

    Gillen, Larroca and Delgado continue their powerhouse run with the Dark Lord of the Sith. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 28, 2015

    "Vader Down" continues in this issue of "Darth Vader" with another excellent installment. Vader takes down more and more Rebels while Han and Leia debate how to handle Luke being missing in action. The artwork takes this issue to another level as it presents a detailed and polished look that is as good as you'll ever see in a Star Wars comic. The crossover has four parts remaining and is shaping up to be a classic in the making. I definitely recommend this comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 25, 2015

    Darth Vader #13 is a darkly fun and emotionally heavy issue that shows that the Vader Down has no intention of screwing around at all. Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca all deliver fantastic work that shows that even though they are in crossover mode, they can still deliver a great single issue that stands on its own even without the added strength of the opening one-shot. This issue not only shows just how terrifying Darth Vader can be, but just how a man like him affects those around him, whether they are on his side or standing in his way. No one is safe in Darth Vader, and that's what makes it so much fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 25, 2015

    Vader Down is two issues in but is an incredibly promising story that is the perfect fit for the timeline this all takes place in. Gillen, Larroca, and Delgado are doing a great job with the story, and while the story does drag a tiny bit, the overall issue is a must-read for Star Wars fans. If you've been enjoying what Marvel has been doing with this franchise, then you need to pick up this crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Austin Gorton Nov 30, 2015

    So while the overall plot of the crossover is only moved ahead incrementally, there's still plenty to recommend and enjoy here as Gillen smartly deploys his regular cast to maximum gain, naturally integrating them into the story while still keeping the focus on the heroic Rebels of Star Wars and, most of all, Darth Vader himself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 17, 2015

    The second chapter of Marvel's first Star Wars crossover offers plenty of action from the title's star, a look at a vengeful Leia still reeling from the destruction of Alderaan and her hatred of Vader, and Luke at the mercy of an assassin with the perfect bait to trap a trusting farm boy. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Nov 30, 2015

    Darth Vader #13 both benefits and suffers from the Vader Down crossover. It lacks the intrigue which had become a signature of the series, but in turn offers up many memorable violent confrontations, especially Aphras assault on Luke. Per usual, the elements which work best are those original to Gillen and Larocca; its not Luke that make this scene work but the Aphra. Yet even a middling issue of Darth Vader will surely prove to be among the best books put out by Marvel in any given month, and is still well worth the readers credits. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Nov 27, 2015

    The story takes a slower turn with this second installment of Vader Down, if only to make sure that every character is now a larger part of it. With only four more issues left to flesh out this arc, hopefully the pace and action will ramp up in the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 25, 2015

    It seems the Vader Down crossover will be a great Star Wars storyline held back by lackluster visuals. Salvador Larroca impressed early on with this series (despite an over-reliance on photo-referencing) but over time his work has become diminished in detail and cinematic scope. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Nov 27, 2015

    In the end, Darth Vader #13 is only one sub par book in a vast collection of really good recent Star Wars comics. Vader Down #1 was the beginning of an exciting showdown to kick off an epic adventure. Hopefully, Vader Down #3 picks that back up and this sad entry can be quickly forgotten. This issue wouldn't look so bad if the other Star Wars comics weren't so satisfying, but a mere five pages in and readers will see that Darth Vader #13 is obviously inferior. Read Full Review

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