Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #11

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #11

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #11 contains minor spoilers.

If ever there was a tenet of the Sith ideology that should never be ignored it’s simply this: Don’t trust the master, ever.

It’s a hard lesson that Darth Vader is starting to learn in the second volume of his namesake Marvel Comics series, but will it ever truly take ahold?

Frankly, it matters not, given how Charles Soule writes Vader as conflicted yet dutiful, bound to Palpatine and the Sith Order because, after all, he has nothing else and no one, at least of whom he is aware.

That sense of damning solitude is evident in the latest issue. Vader was and forever shall be Sidious’ lap dog. A faithful and cunning companion, but never worthy of anything more than the scraps tossed his way. Vader is alone in his pursuits, with Soule’s precision writing of the Ninth Sister hammering home the distrust that she and the other Inquisitors have for their new master, though none — all of them former Jedi — are unaware as to Vader’s previous identity.

With art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini, colors by David Curiel and letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, readers are treated to a breakneck story that sees Vader on the hunt, only to be the one being hunted. It’s obvious someone is gunning for him and rather than draw out the mystery needlessly, the creative team — led by editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White — takes right to the usual suspect by the issue’s end.

Suffice it to say, it’s not too much of a surprise, but only when it’s revealed does the scope of the move make sense.

So, too, does this series, which has gotten aggressively better with each issue. This issue is a perfect jumping-on point for new readers and those new to the medium. For those who’ve been with the comics since the beginning, it’s laden with rich detail and dialogue, capably blending the post-Prequel Trilogy era with the pre-Original Trilogy, too.

In short, it’s great.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #11 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, tune in to the next episode of Comics With Kenobi.)

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