Star Wars: Darth Vader #19

Star Wars: Darth Vader #19

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 12
8.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The SHU-TORUN WAR concludes! Will Vader bring the Ore Barons in line? Or will Cylo and his warriors show the Dark Lord how it’s done? Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 13, 2016

    A solid conclusion with everything wrapping up nicely and a cliffhanger that will put Darth Vader back into the fire and at risk now that he's finally acquired the emperor's favor. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 14, 2016

    Darth Vader does a damn fine job with its story and the Sho-Torun arc as a whole will really work well as a standalone read while figuring into the bigger picture. Kieron Gillen is just nailing it issue after issue. This installment also features more lavish and striking artwork from Salvador Larroca and I just can't get enough of what he does here. The ore baron's underworld is well captured and I love the costume design and some of the details he brings into it – before shifting to pure Imperial designs toward the end. In particular, I really loved his presentation of Queen Trios throughout and very much so during her time with Vader at the end here with the wrap up. Good stuff all around and just talented folks firing on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Apr 15, 2016

    DARTH VADER #19 is emblematic of everything this book does right and wrong. On the one hand, you have the comedic elements that Triple Zero and Beetee bring to the table, the strong characterization of Queen Trios, and Darth Vader's insidious actions. On the other, there's a rushed conclusion, weak villains, and ultimately bland artwork. There's a lot of good here, though, and the last few pages tease that there are great things on the horizon for this series. Hopefully, DARTH VADER can once again reach the heights it did during its first year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Matthew J. Theriault Apr 18, 2016

    As such, issue #19 in particular and the Shu-Torun War as a whole have proven excellent examinations of the character of Vader, demonstrating his dogmatic "devotion to that ancient religion," his masterful manipulation of allies and adversaries alike, and the very genuine threat he posed to Luke throughout the Saga through his successful corruption of "inexperienced youth not expecting power." Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Levi Hunt Apr 14, 2016

    This second year of Vader hasn't been as exciting on a monthly basis as year one, but this continues to show that Gillen is capable of memorable moments. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 26, 2016

    As for Vader, his victory may be short-lived as he learns that Aphra has been found not by his mercenary bounty hunters but by Inspector Thanoth who has a few questions for the Dark Lord of the Sith. It appears Vader's secret plan to finance his own clandestine missions for the Empire may be about to bite him in the ass. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 Apr 29, 2016

    This series is really solid up to this point, so I'll let go of the book's need for Dr aphra to be a part of it, even though she is currently indisposed by a rebel prison that only serves to confound me. How can a scrappy, unorganized, underfunded, understaffed and clandestine organization of rebels have enough resources to build a supermax space prison. But this isn't that book. This is a really solid story, with great art, and only a couple moments that really felt odd or clunky to me. The emotional payoff with Queen Trios was really great, and her last panels were actually really humorous and endearing. Things don't end well for Vader, seeing so much of his deception being discovered by Inspector Thanoth. I'm intrigued to see where this goes from here, but as I always say, the series needs to find a hook beyond mortal threats for Vader, because we know (those who have seen Return of the Jedi) what his final fate is.

  • 9.0
    Inklings May 31, 2016

    A supremely good issue which has proven the merits of this title after the first year left me feeling rather vexed with its missteps. My wildest expectations for Queen Trios were met here; she comes into her own as an independent ruler... or does she? Vader's assertion about the ease with which youthful political leaders are manipulated seems to suggest she herself, in the grand scheme of things, is but another tool of the Empire. And one cannot help agreeing. However, her decisive actions and firm grasp of monarchical structures assures me she will return to play a bigger part, and that she is a character worth returning to. Lots of loose ends are tied up here, mostly concerning Cylo's cyborg twins and the underhanded way that Cylo himself seeks to upend Vader from his lofty position as Imperial hand. But the issue ends with a reminder that Vader himself is being dogged by more than just rivals.

  • 7.5
    The Villain Oct 4, 2016

    This is a fairly solid finale to a fairly solid arc. The development of Trios reaches its climax and you can tell that she has tried to craft herself in Vader's image. The betrayal that comes at Vader's expense doesn't have the significance that it should have because the characters involved don't have enough development.

  • 5.0
    JBL Reviews Apr 17, 2016

    Not good. The cover is misleading, too because we barely see that scene

  • 9.0
    Henry Killinger Apr 14, 2016

  • 8.5
    CraigR Apr 14, 2016

  • 8.5
    mseccatore Apr 17, 2016

  • 8.0
    Tree Fingers Apr 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Apr 19, 2016

  • 7.5
    GhostMan Apr 13, 2016

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Apr 13, 2016

  • 7.0
    DXO Aug 10, 2016

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