Star Wars: Darth Vader #25

Star Wars: Darth Vader #25

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 12, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 14
8.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

It has all built up to this! Vader's trials against Cylo's creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids! All comes to fruition in an oversized 40-page issue by the stellar team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! You won't want to miss this ending!
Rated T

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 15, 2016

    This was an utterly perfect finale for an overall amazing series, delivering the sort of Darth Vader action I never knew I wanted. The character is huge. He's pop culture royalty. And I can remember asking myself how Marvel planned to get an ongoing series out of Darth Vader. What's he going to do? What Darth Vader stories are there to tell? Leave it to Keiron Gillen, with career-defining work from Salvador Larrocca, to answer that question with ease. Marvel's Darth Vader comic is essential reading for any Star Wars fan and effortlessly justifies these Marvel Star Wars comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Oct 14, 2016

    Though it is bittersweet to see Darth Vader come to an end, it at least does so with an outstanding final issue. Gillen encapsulates many of the aspects that make Vader a great villain while shining a bit more light on his relationship with Palpatine and the long game he's playing. Larroca's artwork and focus on body language make this issue standout amongst the series, arguably making #25 its very best. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    CourtOfNerds - Jonathan Calvaruso Oct 16, 2016

    From what once was supposed to be a mini-series has turned into a 25 book series with a crossover special that you cannot put down. I'm looking forward to GIllen's mystery new Star Wars project might bring. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 12, 2016

    Darth Vader #25 serves as a terrific finale to Marvel's most consistently good Star Wars comic. There are still issues to be had with Larroca's art style, but he and Gillen prove once more that the "less is more" approach is the one to take when it comes to Vader. This issue serves as a satisfying, cohesive final chapter while offering a few hints as to what Gillen's mystery new Star Wars project might entail. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Oct 13, 2016

    Gillen didn't set out to remake or redefine Darth Vader with this series. More than anything else, he works to reinforce the devious, villainous part of the character that the prequels tried too hard to circumvent. There's still an internal struggle here that will manifest in the final minutes of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, but the tone of the narrative in Darth Vader #25 is clear. This narrative embraces the dark side and the results are impressive. Most impressive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Oct 14, 2016

    The issue caps off the run with an intriguing set-up for Gillen's next Star Wars project, as well as a coda with art by Max Fiumara that relates to Issue #1, bringing the series full circle both narratively and thematically. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro Oct 14, 2016

    With Rogue One coming soon to movie theaters, there is new excitement for Darth Vader. This comic book has definitely made Vader cool again and positions Vader into his sinister role that we all know in Empire Strikes Back. We can all finally forgive his whiny emo teenage years. This comic has been some of the best work Marvel has done the past few years and it's a bummer that this particular series is coming to an end. But the book went out with a bang in true Star Wars fashion and has reinstated Darth Vader as the most bad ass villains of all time. Welcome back to the Dark Side, Lord Vader! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Oct 25, 2016

    Like I said good if you like following the rise of science fiction's version of Goering. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Oct 17, 2016

    Darth Vader #25 concludes Vader's own version of Game of Thrones, where Vader has learned about the cost of power and the even higher price of keeping it. His Machiavellian maneuvers throughout the past 24 issues lead to this final issue and confrontation with the Emperor, himself no stranger to this game. And really, knowing that this series takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, the fate of Vader wasn't really in question. It was just going to be how much more of Anakin Skywalker's soul he was going to need to sacrifice to make his next grand cinematic gesture. For as iconic of a villain that Darth Vader has been since 1977, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca show us that there is far more to the bad guys than their quests for evil and domination. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 20, 2016

    Overall Darth Vader has proven a solid comic highlighting one of cinema's best villains. I'm sad to see it end as there are obviously far more stories left to tell. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Oct 17, 2016

    Not the endcap this series deserved, but not inherently bad in and of itself. Not the lead in to the "Doctor Aphra" series that that series needed, either, because it's hard to not come away from this issue with a bad taste. Read Full Review

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