Darth Vader 18 review

STWVADER2015018-DC11-c0a02I only picked up 2 comics this week, the result of a fifth Wednesday in a month making for so few releases it’s almost barely worth going to the comic store in the first place. Thankfully, one of this week’s comics is Darth Vader 18, and that alone is worth heading out for.

In the previous issue of Darth Vader, Star Wars’s greatest villain is waging a war against a rebellion on an ore-rich planet, Shu-Torun, alongside the young queen Trios. Meanwhile, Cylo and some of the queen’s advisors are conspiring against Darth Vader in hopes to gain more power themselves. This issue starts off with Darth Vader’s assault drill being sabotaged so that his attack force is separated from the rest of the Empire’s forces. This leads to some good action scenes, intriguing political fallout and a teaser that long-time readers have been waiting for since the start of this series. Kieron Gillen’s writing makes the story fun, whether it’s the young Queen showing her potential as a leader or 000’s awesomely creepy suggestion after the opening fight.

The art by Salvador Larroca is fantastic. Right from the opening pages where 000 and his assassin droid dispose of a body, the art is very well detailed in both the characters and the environment. The scenes taking place deep in the core have the right amount of darkness, glow from the lava and wide open caverns. Facial expressions perfectly convey emotions, most notably with the queen’s increasing determination as her advisor shows his true colours after Vader’s apparent disappearance (from their perspective). Edgar Delgado’s colouring is also great. Everything deep underground has an overall orange glow, save for the assault drill and the lights on Vader’s chest, giving the comic a great atmospheric feel.

I wouldn’t quite call this comic perfect. While it’s fun, it’s a bit of a short read. The politics behind what’s going on is intense but they’re not expanded on that much in this issue compared to the last two. Still, it’s great seeing Darth Vader leading an army in a situation where he may be at a disadvantage, yet his ruthlessness never dulls. If you’re a Star Wars fan who reads comics, you should check this series out.


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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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3 Responses to Darth Vader 18 review

  1. Paul Bowler says:

    Great review! Really enjoyed reading Darth Vader #18 as well, brilliant issue! The art is fantastic as well 🙂


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