Star Wars: Darth Vader #9

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 19
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

• Vader has a new mission to do for the Empire.
•  Unfortunately, it's completely at odds with his own mission.
•  What's a Dark Lord to do?
Rated T

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 13, 2015

    An outstanding read, but the lettering needs help. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 10, 2015

    While I continue to thoroughly enjoy the individual installments of Darth Vader, I really get the feeling from the flow of it that it's going to make for a very strong read when you get a large run of it all at once. Gillen continues to craft a strong story here while avoiding some of the usual things that you get with serialized storytelling. Yes, there's some action here, but it's designed to showcase the threat of Vader and how Thanoth works the situation as opposed to action for the sake of action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 10, 2015

    Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader is a parallel to Star Wars in every way, from the narrative structure to the presence of the twisted companion droids. As we delve deeper into the world of bounty hunters, we can see just how much the Star Wars universe and modern comics like Saga have in common. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Sep 15, 2015

    However, as good as Darth Vader #9 is, its not quiteperfect. The pace is a little inconsistent, but on the whole, this reviewer really enjoyed this book. Its another good entry to Marvels Star Wars Universe and shows that Gillen is steering Vader on a positive path towards the events in Empire Strikes Back, and with Larocca and Delgado bringing some superb pencils and colours to the table, if youre a Star Wars fan, chances are, youre more than likely going to enjoy the hell out of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Sep 11, 2015

    If you can tune your brain to the frequency of monsters against monster and just enjoy the pettiness of the characters and their own schemes you'll really enjoy Darth Vader. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Sep 10, 2015

    Again, as has been the case with most other “Star Wars” issues–if you're not a fan, this isn't essential reading. DARTH VADER #9, however, makes the strongest case against that yet with sharp characters and engaging dynamics. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Sep 14, 2015

    Gillen and Larroca understand that Star Wars is supposed to be fun and they're obviously having a blast making this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 10, 2015

    As a launching pad for bigger things to come, Darth Vader issue #9 delivers. We get some great adversarial content between Vader and Thanoth, and the sly memtion at issue's end points the book in an intriguing new direction. That said, uneven pacing and flat character work prevent this issue from fully getting into hyperspace, even as the tension mounts. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Sep 10, 2015

    "Darth Vader" #9 doesn't fully do justice to one of cinema's most recognized villains, but Gillen still crafts a moderately engaging story while Larroca and Delgado cleanly and attractively facilitate it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 11, 2015

    With nearly all of the comic centered around Vader we don't get much from Aphra, although Darth Vader #9 does tease a new storyline for her as well as she pays handsomely or information she could have otherwise procured in order to find someone who will likely be of interest not only the rogue archaeologist but her new employer as well. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - John McCubbin Sep 9, 2015

    Darth Vader is a comic that any Star Wars fan should have on their pull, as despite the ups and downs, this series remains a treat, giving us a fantastic insight into this Dark Lord. This issue only expands on that, as despite dropping ever so slightly in quality, it makes up for this in speculation. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 9, 2015

    The plot thickens in this latest issue, and if you're interested in character development of Darth Vader's latest threat, read it. It still feels like a transition issue though, with nothing too exciting to jump out and scream, "buy me!" Read Full Review

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