Star Wars: Darth Vader #20

Star Wars: Darth Vader #20

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca, Mike Norton Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 11, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 11
8.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

New Story Arc! "END OF GAMES" begins this issue!
•  Inspector Thanoth returns with some startling information.
•  Vader may have passed his master's tests...
•  ...but will his own schemes prove his undoing?
•  PLUS: A bonus tale of Triple-Zero and Beetee!
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  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 12, 2016

    Big props for Kieron Gillen here in crafting a solid story that's largely dialogue but also with some great moments of menace. And for bringing the Executor into play, showing us how it will come into Vader's hands. But truly, huge props to Salvador Larroca for bringing these scripts to life. His work here is beyond words as it feels like stepping into the screen more often than not. This book feels like a hugely polished finalized storyboard for how to make an awesome Vader trilogy of films and it wouldn't work without Larroca's work. This issue also has Mike Norton on board for the backup story and he fits so well with the design that Larroca has been working with that I hope he steps in as a guest artist from time to time to give Larroca the breathing room he needs – because this is a team I don't want to see burn out and fall away. Fantastic stuff once again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 15, 2016

    I enjoyed this issue, but, again, the price was a dollar more than usual. The extra ten pages were good, but I would rather they had been in another book published at a later date. Paying an extra buck is sapping my enjoyment, Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley May 12, 2016

    DARTH VADER #20 represents the best of what this series has to offer. Gripping, intense character drama and smart dialogue coupled with powerful art that does an amazing job of telling the story. Though not a whole lot happens here, what does is impactful and clearly establishes the road ahead for this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 12, 2016

    For me, of all the books in Marvel's Star Wars line, this series has been the one that has been the most consistently enjoyable. Darth Vader #20 resolves some plot threads in a compelling way while giving the series a new direction to move in going ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 11, 2016

    This isn't exactly the most fast-paced chapter of the series to date, but it does offer plenty of food for thought for Darth Vader fans. It's intriguing to get a closer look at the relationship between Vader and his master at this point in the Star Wars timeline, and even more so to see Thanoth confront Vader armed with nothing more than his cunning and intellect. Whatever excitement the main story might lack is more than made up for with the entertaining backup feature. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Matthew J. Theriault May 13, 2016

    With any hope Gillen will continue to mine material from the old Expanded Universe and integrate such into his series, whether winkingly or overtly. Darth Vader is a better comic for the inclusion of characters like Triple-Zero. Taking the best of what Star Wars once was and building it in to what the storied space opera will be from now on is working to lay a firm foundation for the franchise in the future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 18, 2016

    Vader's story is truncated here to include a rather lengthy backup story involving Aphra's robots. While I enjoyed Vader's confrontations with both the Emperor and Thanoth, personally I found the backstory to largely be a waste of space leaving me with a mixed reaction to the comic's latest issue. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Inklings May 31, 2016

    Finally. So many issues, plot threads, divergent interests and motivations had been building to this for so long. This is the issue I had hoped to read from the DARTH VADER title since the name of the rebel pilot who destroyed the Death Star was revealed to Vader. Everything is coming together in a rather grand and eloquent design. Gillen writes each of these characters apropos: Vader is stern, his conversation concise. Sidious is verbal and snakelike, his words like dark-side poison edging their way into the veins of any listeners. Thanoth is the perfect Imperial: selfless and loyal to a fault, a member of the intelligentsia who has bought into the very idea of Empire wholesale, no matter the cost. His goal (and end) is inevitable and satisfying. But what really strikes me about this issue is how far it reaches into the minds and philosophies of its villains, extracting their thoughts and logic-chains to a point where they almost become appealing, understandable, if not correct. This is the persistent charm of the Dark Side, and Gillen's prose has finally matched its allure.

  • 8.5
    The Villain Oct 7, 2016

    One of the better issues ever produced in this series outside of the amazing Vader Down arc. Emperor Palpatine's appearance really elevates the comic as he explains some of his motivations that have remained a mystery throughout the series. Then the hunt for Doctor Aprha is back on. All that has occurred in this series is heading towards this arc. Tiple 0 and BeeTee really shine once again and even more so in the bonus issue where they star.

  • 9.0
    Henry Killinger May 12, 2016

  • 9.0
    StanielK May 13, 2016

  • 9.0
    GlenWizard May 14, 2016

  • 8.5
    mseccatore May 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 May 12, 2016

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude May 16, 2016

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews May 15, 2016

  • 7.5
    DXO Aug 10, 2016

  • 7.0
    CraigR May 16, 2016

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