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COMIC REVIEW: Darth Vader #14 – Vader Down Part 4

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Darth Vader #14 - Vader Down Part 4

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Salvador Larroca

Colors: Edgar Delgado


Marvel Comics

The “Vader Down” story event has been jumping back and forth between the Darth Vader series, and the main Star Wars series. Within the story itself, it feels like it is jumping between Luke and Leia, and the respective players surrounding each party. Vader has made his way to Vrogas Vas in search of Luke, whom he now knows is his son, and he wants to find him for his own reasons, as well as the reasons of the Empire.

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COMIC REVIEW: Darth Vader #14 - Vader Down Part 4

After Han, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 were able to overpower Doctor Aphra and her murder droids, they hightail it back to the Millennium Falcon. Unfortunately, Princess Leia has found Vader herself, and the two have a terse exchange before she runs off to find the others. It is interesting to note that during their conversation, Vader has a moment where he believes someone is trying to “ambush a Dark Lord of the Sith”, as if he feels an attack through The Force. This is perceived by Leia to be his mind playing tricks on him, but we know that something more could be a foot.

As it turns out, Leia runs into C-3PO, who tells her that Luke is safe, and she concocts a plan to have the resistance blow up her position when she gives the word that Vader is near. This is a suicide mission, to which C-3PO informs Luke and company, and Luke runs off to try and save her. All the while one of the bounty hunters on their trial shows up, a towering Wookie that immediately goes claw to claw with Chewbacca, and the final reveal that Commander Karbin, the crazy robotic mastermind behind the new generation of Sith, is also in the mix. This story will have quite the epic conclusion with all these players on board.

COMIC REVIEW: Darth Vader #14 - Vader Down Part 4

The “Best There Is”: The art is very good in this book, as Larroca nails down each character design. The colors are a muted combination of greens and browns, adding to the desolation of the planet. The story itself, fleshed out by Gillen and Jason Aaron is going along at a good pace, and it is definitely a story that can keep you interested, especially because of the newer players like Doctor Aphra and the cool looking Wookie bounty hunter.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: As always with these books, as good as they are, the suspense and drama they are trying to convey is lost a little because of the time frame in which they exist. When Leia tells the bombers to converge on her position, and C-3PO and Luke are worried that she is on a suicide mission, we all know she will be fine, because she, as well as Han and Luke and the rest, will make it out of this situation. The fun comes from the little interactions and moments peppered into these stories, like the exchange between Darth Vader and Leia that we never saw before now.

FBI Score: 8 out of 10. Darth Vader #14 is a good chapter to this sprawling “Vader Down” story arc, and some cool action sequences as well. The art is the true winner, as the characters are shown with a deft hand from the talented Salvador Larroca.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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