(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) Aaron Kuder Rated T In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99
THE ASSASSIN RETURNS! • In his search for vengeance in the depths of MUSTAFAR, DARTH VADER has seized the mysterious key to the EMPEROR’S greatest secret. • But the key itself needs a key – which only the deadly assassin OCHI OF BESTOON seems to have. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives with the fate of the Emperor in the balance – but how much of this is all PALPATINE’S plan? • And what happens when the SITH LORD and the SITH ASSASSIN start to figure that plan out?
(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) Aaron Kuder Rated T In Shops: Dec 16, 2020 SRP: $3.99
INTO THE FIRE! • Hungry for vengeance after his brutal punishment at the hands of THE EMPEROR, can DARTH VADER uncover his master’s secrets in the depths of MUSTAFAR? • Stripped of his greatest weapons, can the dark lord survive the fire and the EYE? • Or will he be overcome as the EYE turns Vader’s every question back to his own terrible secrets?
(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee Rated T In Shops: Oct 14, 2020 SRP: $3.99
THE PUNISHMENT! • DARTH VADER failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side of the Force. • No…Luke was too weak to join his father in overthrowing EMPEROR PALPATINE. • Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all of these years… and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. • It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine… time for Vader’s next lesson.
(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee Rated T In Shops: Sep 16, 2020 SRP: $3.99
A QUEST FOR TRUTH… A JOURNEY OF DESTRUCTION! • DARTH VADER’S search for revenge against those who hid his son Luke reaches a terrible climax – at the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA! • What secrets does he learn? And who will pay as a result? • All the answers are coming – in the ruins of POLIS MASSA – the birthplace of Luke Skywalker!
(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee Rated T In Shops: Aug 12, 2020 SRP: $3.99
WHO HUNTS THE HUNTER? • DARTH VADER continues his terrifying quest for vengeance against everyone who hid the existence of his son from him. • But on NABOO, the DARK LORD OF THE SITH faces a deadly new challenge as his focus turns from LUKE to PADMÉ, the wife of the man Vader used to be. • And what secrets lie in the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA?
(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee Rated T In Shops: Jul 29, 2020 SRP: $3.99
GHOSTS OF VADER’S PAST! • In his quest to destroy everyone who hid the existence of his son, Luke Skywalker, from him, Darth Vader has formed an unlikely partnership with an eerie shadow from his previous life. • Now they return to Naboo where a powerful new host of vengeful ghosts awaits them. • Delve deeper into Vader’s past than you thought possible with this shocking tale of tragedy and revenge!
The debut issue of the series ended with a shocker, Darth Vader facing down Padmé Amidala. Though we saw her die, there she was, alive and well. Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 doesn’t keep the mystery going long and the explanation is pretty obvious. But, the comic continues to excel at exploring Vader’s motivations and close up a nagging question from the prequels.
Writer Greg Pak delivers a solid second issue that delivers some action but mostly focuses on Vader. Through flashbacks, we get the sense of an individual torn by his history and haunted by it as well. There’s an overarching familiar tone to the comic. Pak presents Vader as a looming ghost stalking faux-Padmé. There’s an infusion of the familiar slasher/horror trope of the slow plodding killer hunting down his victim. It’s a genre infusion that I’ve yet to experience in Star Wars. It’s also an interesting mix for a universe whose various recent releases have reached out more to other genres to explore the familiar world.
Raffaele Ienco‘s art is key for the issue. Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 uses similar visual queues as the first issue. It bounces between Vader’s memories and the current situation. Neeraj Menon‘s colors are important for that. Vader’s memories are shown in red giving us a cold but angry perspective. We see the world and memories through his eyes. Literally coloring our view of his world. We get to see his perspective and how it has warped his mission. It makes his motivations understandable as the reader. But, it also doesn’t justify them since we know it’s a false viewpoint.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 is a solid second entry that continues Vader’s quest. What’s interesting is it also seems to address the open question of who knew about Padmé’s death? Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 has interesting implications about information and how it’s wielded and controlled in the Star Wars universe.
Closing unanswered questions while adding depth to Vader, it’s a series that expands Marvel’s positive mark on the world of Star Wars.
Story: Greg Pak Art: Raffaele Ienco Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Joe Caramagna Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee Rated T In Shops: Mar 11, 2020 SRP: $3.99
THE FACE OF THE QUEEN!
• In the wake of the shocking revelations of The Empire Strikes Back, DARTH VADER continues his quest for revenge against everyone who hid his son Luke from him. • But when his search takes him deep into his past, he uncovers a hauntingly familiar face that will challenge everything he knows.