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.
Taking place after Empire Strikes Back, Luke has rejected his father’s offer which sends Vader on a mission of revenge. Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 kicks off the latest volume from Marvel focusing on Vader and his haunted past.
Story: Greg Pak Art: Raffaele Ienco Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Joe Caramagna
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(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee Rated T In Shops: Feb 05, 2020 SRP: $4.99
“JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!” THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES!
In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses — plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke’s utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke’s unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who had a hand in hiding and corrupting his only son. But even as he uncovers the secrets of Luke’s origins, Vader must face shocking new challenges from his own dark past. Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery this February! With covers by InHyuk Lee!
Get a first look at Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 from writer Greg Pak, artist Raffaele Ienco, and colorist Neeraj Menon (with covers by InHyuk Lee). Arriving next month, the series picks up in the aftermath of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as a new mission for the fallen Jedi unfolds. In this brand-new story, Darth Vader will have to confront his tragic past as he digs for information on his son, Luke Skywalker! Check out the preview below and how Mike Del Mundo perfectly blends Darth Vader’s past and present in his stunning variant cover below.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 arrives in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com on February 5th!
(W) Bryan Edward Hill, Matt Hawkins (A/CA) Raffaele Ienco
Mark learns that being the Mayor of Eden might be the same as being its prisoner. Laura can’t seem to retire her savage ways in Florida, and a child’s life hangs in the balance. Both of them are about to discover their true natures.
(W) Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins (A) Atilio Rojo (CA) Raffaele Ienco
As the members of Cyber Force put aside their differences and learn to use their strengths to combat their personal demons, they’re forced to choose between serving the master that created them or being independent-and thus becoming targets of the world.
(W) Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) Linda Sejic & Raffaele Ienco
NEW STORY ARC!
POSTAL returns to find Mark struggling with the responsibilities and horrors of being the new Mayor of Eden, as the newest member of their community has brought his own personal war with him. Mark’s mother, Laura Shiffron, tries to enjoy her retirement in Florida, but violence finds her… and violence might the only way Laura Shiffron can find peace.
writer: Greg Pak artist: Stephen Mooney, Robert Carey covers: Dave Johnson (A), Declan Shalvey (B), Raffaele Ienco (C), Stephen Mooney (D) Dave Johnson (RI-Virgin), Declan Shalvey (RI-Virgin), Raffaele Ienco (RI-Virgin), Stephen Mooney (RI-Virgin) FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+
The modern Bond epic continues by superstars GREG PAK (Planet Hulk, Firefly) and STEPHEN MOONEY (Grayson, The Dead Hand). Secrets are revealed, allegiances confirmed. Bond and Oddjob learn the awful truth of the terrorist organization ORU, and how they’re helpless to prevent the destruction of global infrastructure as we know it…