Star Wars: Darth Vader #16

Star Wars: Darth Vader #16

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 10, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 15
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

•  The planet Shu-Torin (introduced in the Darth Vader Annual) is revolting.
•  Darth Vader is tasked with leading a military assault.
•  Has Vader's rise to glory begun?
Rated T

  • 9.5
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Feb 11, 2016

    An absolutely stunning cover, along with some real juicy dialogue and great character building for Darth Vader makes this book incredibly enjoyable to read. It was a little tentative coming out of the "Vader Down" cross over as to how this book would pick up the pace again, by Kieron Gillen proves yet again that his writing talent should never be questioned. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 13, 2016

    A great beginning to an epic looking story. This title continues to maintain and further the iconic and ominous nature of the title character. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 11, 2016

    Darth Vader #16 is an entertaining comic, 'nuff said. This creative team handles the iconic Lord of the Sith very well and I'm excited to see where they take this storyline with issue #17. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 12, 2016

    The Aphra issue does come up briefly here and it certainly looks like it'll put her in a bad place depending on who actually finds her and I'm really curious to see how she runs in the main Star Wars book. Gillen gets a new story kicked off here with Shu-Torin and he and Larroca jump into it easily and with a sense of history behind it already. As much as I love the big scenes and the two-page spread for it (among other beautiful panel layouts), it's the quieter moments of power that draw me in the most. Vader's time with Palpatine is delicious and I loved his interactions with Trios in both public and private. Great stuff that again reaffirms my love of this book when it gets to just focus on its own thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 11, 2016

    As always, Gillen is able to convey a great deal about Vader's motivations, desires and general lack of regard for others with minimal effort. And as much as Vader is an unstoppable force in this issue, his ongoing rivalry with Cylo offers a challenge Vader can't simply slice his way through. Larroca brings a terrific sense of scale to the battles in this issue, with Vader unleashing the full brunt of his powers on the hapless rebels on Shu-toran. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 10, 2016

    This new story arc sets Vader off on a path of war general and it's a site to see. We're given solid conflict and a choice scene with the Emperor too. Bring on the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 11, 2016

    Though it may have a harder edge than other Marvel Star Wars titles, Darth Vader is still delivering stories that are more than worth your attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Feb 16, 2016

    DARTH VADER #16 is a strong entry into a series that's been consistently good throughout its run. It's a slower, more methodical series than its STAR WARS comic counterpart, and it has done a great job of building a compelling supporting cast around Vader. That said, Larroca's page layouts lack the ambition that other artists playing in the STAR WARS universe bring to their books, and as of yet, the “Shu-Torun War” arc hasn't produced an antagonist suitable for facing off against Lord Vader. The series was on a roll prior to VADER DOWN, so hopefully Gillen and Larroca can find that spark again and deliver the high quality Darth Vader goodness that can turn this consistently good series into a great one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopOptiq - Matthew J. Theriault Feb 11, 2016

    Darth Vader #16 does not quite rise to the quality of the Annual which it continues, though the latter had the benefit of being a self-contained story. With any hope, the Sho-Torun War arc as a whole will expand upon and even eclipse the excellence of the Annual. Certainly this issue demonstrates its potential to do so. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 13, 2016

    "Darth Vader" opens a new arc with an issue that is very new reader friendly. The comic gives some setup from The Emperor, it provides some action and a little bit of Vader being intimidating. It's a solid read. However, there isn't anything new in here. In fact, a lot of the plot seems like it could easily fit in with Lando and Bespin had Bespin been a resource that the Empire needed. The comic is an average read, but if you are looking to jump onto this comic then this is a perfect issue for that and there is something to be said for that. Give is a shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 11, 2016

    "Darth Vader" #16 is an approachable and nice looking comic, but it's also one that seems to tread on a lot of traveled ground before taking a shortcut to get where it needs to go. Those who know and love the Dark Lord of the Sith will get exactly what they're expecting here, but still may not feel all that satisfied afterwards. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Synthozoid Feb 10, 2016

    My favorite ongoing Star Wars book, never a disappointment.

  • 8.0 Feb 19, 2016

    I love that this story ties back to the Darth Vader annual in a meaningful way, AND connects the story back to Vader Down as well. I think that this book is extremely well written, and the art is gorgeous- I love how dark and ominous Vader looks ALL THE TIME, because he is dark and ominous all the freaking time! I enjoyed seeing Vader return to Shu-Torun, and how Queen Trios (the last surviving member of her family who was tasked with leading Vader through a myriad of killing fields) is really not happy with the Empire and the fact that Vader’s last visit basically caused this all-out civil war on Shu-Torun. And hey- **SPOILERS** but in Vader Annual 1 Vader chopped off Trios’ hand, and in this issue she has a metal hand, not a metal foot or a cybernetic backbrace- so maybe DC should take note and learn to keep their continuity within a single freaking book in line! Even though I have had my problems with Heather Antos and Jordan White as editors in the past… Okay, enough of a rant there- this book is a lot of fun to read, and I really recommend checking out that Annual and jumping in here if you don’t want to go all the way back. But do go back if you can, because this whole series has actually been pretty fun to catch up on.

  • 8.0
    Inklings May 31, 2016

    Lots of really big, really beautiful set pieces steal the glory in this issue. The return of Queen Trios is welcome, as is Vader's sparse and especially foreboding dialogue. And surprisingly enough, the political intricacies of this new plotline, here continued from both the first Annual issue and the Vader Down arc, don't bog the story down in a snoozefest. But it's not the most groundbreaking storyline ever conceived.

  • 8.0
    The Villain Sep 30, 2016

    A solid start to an arc that may become even more interesting. The art really stands out. There are several full page drawings that really catch your eye. An appearance from Palpatine always gets me excited and it has a direct tie in to the Vader annual which was one of my favorite moments in the series so far. I'm happy.

  • 2.0
    JBL Reviews Feb 15, 2016

    Suddenly have no interest in this.

  • 9.0
    Tyson K Feb 13, 2016

  • 9.0
    Henry Killinger Feb 16, 2016

  • 8.5
    GlenWizard Feb 11, 2016

  • 8.5
    Tree Fingers Feb 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Feb 13, 2016

  • 8.0
    mseccatore Mar 3, 2016

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 Feb 10, 2016

  • 7.5
    CraigR Feb 15, 2016

  • 6.5
    DXO Feb 21, 2016

  • 6.0
    fandelabd May 12, 2017

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