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Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader #13

star wars darth vader #13 coverThe first crossover of Star Wars’s new Marvel age continues here! It’s Vader vs. All the Rebels…it’s not a fair fight!

Star Wars: Vader Down #1 kicked off Marvel’s first Star Wars crossover. I’ve generally enjoyed the various Marvel series, this special issue really upped the action and again proved that Darth Vader is the baddest person in the galaxy.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #13 is the second part to the six part event, with writer Kieron Gillen picking up the action from the first issue, and continuing to show why you shouldn’t mess with Vader. The Rebels have set a massive amount of troops and ships to bring Vader in after his crashing on a Rebel controlled planet. But, it’s not enough, and Gillen shows why no matter what they sent might never have been enough.

What’s also solid is the continuation of the storyline featuring Dr. Aphra that has been going on for some time in the Vader centered comics. Skywalker has also crashed on the planet and Aphra decides it’s in her best interest to capture him. It’s all rather interesting and intriguing to see where it goes and how it all ties in to the Star Wars films.

The action is amped up, and there’s one particular act by Vader the cements his being a badass. Gillen just ups it in that department.

He’s helped by Salvador Larroca whose artwork is just beautiful to look at. The story and art are perfectly matched, and all of the various Star Wars series art is impressive really. I think what’s particularly of note is the fact you’re somehow able to figure out Vader’s emotions without seeing his face (or hearing his voice). That’s pretty impressive.

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, this comic event is a must get.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Salvador Larroca
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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