The recent Darth Vader series Dark Visions is over sadly, but in its place is a brand new sort of Darth Vader tale. Set during Darth Vader’s most powerful reign as the Emperor’s right hand, this story features a bounty of bounty hunters, seedy bar scenes, and an incredibly dangerous Darth Vader.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
This is a slightly different kind of Star Wars story. The main premise isn’t one you normally see and yet it makes a lot of sense. Who wouldn’t put a bounty on Darth Vader’s head?
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Robbie Thompson opens this issue with a stinger of sorts. We are introduced to a secret organization that is very much an enemy of the Empire. Enter Vader who is ruthless and quick to kill. Roll credits.
Much of the rest of this issue focuses on a new character who graces the cover. He’s got a Cyborg Superman looking face and a hot anger against any robot he sees. He’s a bounty hunter and has an interesting personality that’ll be fun to follow along with. The pace of the issue is great and keeps your interest up, especially when a montage of other bounty hunters kicks into high gear. There’s an action thriller vibe to the series that’s a bit more high octane than we’re used to. This isn’t an adventure so much as a look at some shady characters who do shady work.
The art by Marc Laming and Chris Bolson, with color by Neeraj Menon, Jordan Boyd, Andres Mossa, Federico Blee, and Erick Arciniega is solid throughout. Honestly, that many color artists kind of scared me, yet the look never looks inconsistent. There are all sorts of types of aliens in this issue and they all look great especially those we’re familiar with. Vader looks exceptional in every shot and there’s an attention to detail on backgrounds that keeps the book grounded and real.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
I can’t be the only person who finds the main character’s cyborg face alarmingly off, right? It’s so not Star Wars, or at least what Star Wars typically offers. It may be because it screams Cyborg Superman or Terminator, but it’s as if he doesn’t belong.
Aside from that, I was a tad confused as to how Darth Vader kills a bad guy in the opening pages. I think he drops something on his head, but I can’t be certain. How the explosion is so large is beyond me. It’s a hiccup of an issue but it left me confused.
Is it good?
A good first issue in a different kind of Star Wars story. If you love bounty hunters, shady bars, and dangerous missions give this a look.
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