Star Wars: Darth Vader #4

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 8, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 23
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

• Revenge of the Battle Droids???
•  Vader returns to Geonosis to build his army!
•  The Dark Lord's ascension continues!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Apr 8, 2015

    This issue feels like it picks up the pace of the series perfectly, finally calcifying Vaders main plan while checking in with one or two of the loose threads that had been left in the form of the bounty hunters. This feels like a clinic on how to write a great villain book: Vaders obviously not a GOOD person, but Gillen and Larroca make him a COMPELLING one. He often traded on pure cool-factor, but this series seems intent on making him an actual, thinking, complex person. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 9, 2015

    Great stuff and very high recommended across the board as a beautiful package from the first page to the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Latest Pull - Scottie Rowland Apr 8, 2015

    My overall verdict is if you havn't started this series, then there must be something wrong with you. There is no reason why any Star Wars fan shouldn't be reading this. Even if you aren't a big Star Wars fan, just reading a story from the bad guys perspective is pretty awesome. Get to your local comicbook story and read this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 8, 2015

    Leading up to this issue I was losing hope but this issue brings back some great pacing and fantastic character moments to make this the strongest issue yet in the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 9, 2015

    Darth Vader #4is easily the best the series has produced so far. Despite the overall plot development being rather short, the character insight, and fun dialogue more than excites. The artwork also allows for a smooth, palatable insight into theDark Lord'sworld. So if you're aStar Warsfan and not getting this, all I can ask is: why? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Apr 18, 2015

    Darth Vader’s solo book has been a wonderful look into the Dark Lord of the Sith. Gillen and Lorroca handle the character masterfully and inject aspects of relatability with the supporting crew. We’re finally starting to explore the story more and that’s all this book needed to jump into a higher realm of greatness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Apr 9, 2015

    This mini series is a fun look at Vader, now reeling from failure and mistrust from his peers and his master. It is interesting to see him strike out on his own to put pieces on the board in his favor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 9, 2015

    Darth Vader #4 might not be the most uplifting read this week, but that doesn't make it any less rewarding of one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 11, 2015

    Darth Vader #4 is the sort of issue that makes you stand up and take notice. With a lot of set up out of the way, Gillen and Larroca send Darth Vader on a particularly gnarly adventure, one where his supreme badassery can be on full display. Thank God for comics, because I don't know if movies could ever give us a Darth Vader this amazing. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 9, 2015

    Issue #4 continues to set itself apart, Gillen mixing droid-on-droid action with just the right amount of emotional depth. Much of the issue serves as setup for bigger things yet to come, yet Gillen still manages to find time to further explore the increasingly engaging complexity of the Vader/Aphra relationship. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 19, 2015

    The comic also foreshadows the end of the pair's relationship which the scientist realizes can only end in her death while pushing the pair towards Vader learning more about who currently has the Emperor‘s favor and setting forth to learn how his new army might change the score. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Apr 13, 2015

    Standing alone, this issue was mediocre; however, compared to the previous issues, Darth Vader #4 pales in comparison to the quality we've experienced so far. It'll be interesting to see how Doctor Aphra and Darth Vader's partnership progresses, and hopefully we'll see Aphra become something more than just a cool archaeologist. All of that taken into consideration, the final page of the issue will have you waiting in baited breath for the next issue as Darth Vader forays more deeply into the Emperor's secrets, because that ending is just as good and satisfying as the previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 8, 2015

    Not all chapters of a story are created equal, and I think that applies very much to Darth Vader #4. And considering that this series has done pretty well for itself the past three issues, Kieron Gillen is allowed to have a comic whose biggest sin is that it isn't as exciting or over-the-top as the previous installments. If the ending of the issue is any indication, it looks like Vader will soon have some challenging rivals to conquer, and if Gillen can make Vader's supporting cast this interesting, here's hoping that in future issues, the foes will be just as engaging. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 11, 2015

    Darth Vader has a lot going for it. This particular issue pushes a major plot development forward that will have many readers curious about the next issue. However, much of this issue feels too easy and unimaginative as Vader and friends explore Geonosis, find what they want and leave the place in a hurry. There just isn't enough in here for twenty pages of story unfortunately. I'm still not sold on the characterization of Vader, but it is possible that his supporting cast carries the book. Time will tell how the creators handle this balance. This was an average read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 14, 2015

    The first clunker of Darth Vader isn't a disaster, but just average. After the first three issues, this is a letdown. Read Full Review

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