This review is spoiler-free, save for one obvious tenet: Darth Vader is a bad, bad man.
There’s no escaping the simple truth after reading the first issue of Marvel Comics’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #1: He’s a thoroughly evil and vile man-machine filled with paranoia, self-loathing and vindictiveness.
In short, he’s just what the Empire needs to help stoke fear across its vast interstellar holdings, even if his failure to keep the Death Star from destruction has drawn the ire of Emperor Palpatine.
From the opening crawl of the first pages of Marvel’s first issue of Darth Vader, out Feb. 11 in comic shops, it’s evident that writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larocca aren’t squandering the opportunity to lay bare what makes Darth Vader who he is, why he is and why he’s struggling with it.
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