Star Wars: Darth Vader #7

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 24
7.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

• The Emperor's machinations revealed!
•  Everything changes for Vader!
•  The tale of Vader's transformation from A New Hope to The Empire Strikes Back continues!
Rated T
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  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 6, 2015

    A dark trip down memory lane starts a new chapter in the Dark Lord's life. I'm in for the long haul! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 2, 2015

    Darth Vader continues to be the favorite of the four Star Wars series that are out there at the moment as it hits just about every note right. The expansion of the story works well here in what we see happening in the Outer Rim and Vader's involvement in it. Setting up for a new heist story may not be a long term arc, but it could be a fun event that showcases another side of the character. But what really gets me is the mostly smart ways that Gillen works towards inserting Vader into events from the first film in a new light after the fact. His visit to Tatooine is a spot on kind of move that has him doing some basic investigation into who Luke is and what he might learn from it. This issue works as a transitional piece, tying into various elements while setting up what's to come next all while not overplaying its hand. It's well written and very well illustrated, making for a great and engaging read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Jul 2, 2015

    Star Wars Darth Vader #7 is much slower than some of the previous ones, but the Vader that we see on the page is more indicative of the one we all revere from the movies. Hopefully, the actiom and drama will ramp up in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 6, 2015

    Darth Vader #7 gives us both sides of the titular Sith lord, with the man and the machine and both proving very compelling. After years of the image of Vader being used to sell T-shirts and posters, Darth Vader has finally stripped all that away and presented Vader once again as a character and not as a marketing tool. Kieron Gillen has cut to the mechanized heart of Vader and presented him in a way that is equally terrifying and gripping, all while surrounding him with fun side characters with motivations all their own. While the main Star Wars title aims for swashbuckling action, Darth Vader continues to be a twist filled character study that has no problem showing its leads as the viciously pragmatic people that they actually are. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jun 30, 2015

    Darth Vader #7 is yet another fabulous entry into the Sith's solo outing, giving yet more depth to his character. It also manages to interconnect the developments with that of the main Star Wars series, giving a more rounded flow to the cannon. This is all garnished with some wonderful teasers that have this fan excited for the next outing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 2, 2015

    Seven issues in, and Darth Vader's still going from strength to strength. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 2, 2015

    Piece by mechanical piece, Kieron Gillen continues to mine new layers from Star Wars' most iconic villain. His latest offers yet another compelling blend of whirling lightsaber action and broody introspection, the writer deftly melding his new tweaks with existing canon. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jul 6, 2015

    Gillen, Larroca and co. are setting up the pieces of Arc 2 with some impressive visuals. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 4, 2015

    Darth Vader is still a good comic, and this is still a good series. The art remains phenomenal. But Gillen and Larroca miss some potentially squee-inducing fan service moments, then embark on a confusing new storyline. I guess we'll just have to wait and see where they're going with this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Jacob Torres Jul 6, 2015

    Ties to A New Hope and the prequels create a strong foundation for Darth Vader #7 to build off of. There's a bit of nostalgia to be found and writer Kieron Gillen is able to turn it into poignant and emotional moments thanks to strong plotting, dialogue, and the great art of Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado. last page reveal is somewhat shocking, though not entirely unsurprising, and teases a heist to come while setting up a promising next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 4, 2015

    "Darth Vader" sets up a new plot in the back half of the book that shows the cunning side of Darth Vader. Unfortunately the front part of the comic book is a missed opportunity to develop Vader's character in a meaningful way when Vader visits Ben's shack and the Lars farm. These scenes could have been great scenes mixed with some flashbacks to provide some insight into Vader's head but fall well short of being anything other than an observation. The book has some great artwork that helps the comic to keep up a nice pace. Overall, this is a very average comic book that could have been something special. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Jul 4, 2015

    Darth Vader #7 starts off quite slow and the first six pages seem to have no clear purpose other than to reinforce Luke's strength with the Force. However, the book takes off and becomes quite enjoyable with a raid on a smuggler's den and then the introduction of the bounty hunters and the conspiracy against the Empire. Larroca's artwork has some "spit your drink" moments and highlights the old-school lightsaber fighting techniques. However, he struggles with body proportions. Read Full Review

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