Being a huge fan of the new Star Wars ongoing series from Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, I couldn't resist picking up Darth Vader #1. I'm one of those Dark Side people that gets really excited every time I hear his theme song, so it was appropriate for me to gravitate towards a book dedicated to him. From Marvel, Darth Vader #1, written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Salvador Larroca, takes place around the same time Aaron's Star Wars series does, after A New Hope. We get a familiar introduction with a large logo that awakens your imagination, and the action begins.
It's interesting to have a comic focus solely on this iconic villain. While he is incredibly popular in the fandom, the stories are always directed more towards the Rebels. This issue deals with Vader's failure to carry out his masters' wishes and the process he must go through to fix things. We get to witness some great scenes with Jabba the Hut, but the most powerful scene by far is Vader's interaction with Darth Sidious. During this scene, Sidious is instructing Vader about upcoming plans, but Vader's attention is drawn to a familiar flashback that I won't spoil here.
Gillen's script is well written, and gives some nods to the movies. I definitely felt immersed in the story, but in a different way than I was with Aaron's script. While Aaron's plot seemed very fresh, this one combines the familiar with the new. Larroca's art is fantastic, and very detailed. We get a really nice two-page spread (pictured above) featuring some classic Star Wars characters that is masterfully illustrated. It will be interesting to see how things move forward from here, and I have to wonder if this book will be as successful as the ongoing Star Wars series.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.