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SPOILER Jelena’s Review of Darth Vader #25

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by LadyMusashi, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. LadyMusashi

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    Written by Kieron Gillen
    Art by Salvador Larroca and Max Fiumara

    It has all built up to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids! All comes to fruition in an oversized 40-page issue by the stellar team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! You won’t want to miss this ending!

    We have waited for a long time for the final issue of Darth Vader comic and, now, that is out, I am not sure what to think about it. But, let’s start from the beginning.

    Vader is in pursuit of Cylo, first by ship and, once he is on board of Cylo’s whale ship, in person. If there is any doubt that he is a murder machine, you can watch him as he efficiently disposes of ships, soldiers and finally Cylo’s own clones.

    Poor misguided, delusional Cylo! You almost have to be sorry for him (not really) as he continues to believe that his machines and clones would save him from Vader. Then watch Vader take the control of the ship and aim it at the sun. While Cylo is panicking, the Dark Lord of the Sith calmly walks back to his ship and flies away as Cylo’s ship explodes.

    Back on the Executor, Vader is faced with the Emperor – and Aphra. I don’t know what Aphra expected, but Palpatine’s or, better said, Darth Sidious’ reaction is exactly what you can expect from the Sith.

    As Vader walks her to the inevitable conclusion, Aphra is trying to once again talk her way out of the situation. She says she didn’t disclose Vader’s relationship with Luke, but can’t change Vader’s mind. He has no mercy, not even in the form of quick death. It seems that Aphra has come to the end of her way.

    The Emperor ‘demotes’ General Tagge and gives Vader the Executor as well as command over the fleet (as we find him in the beginning of TESB). Tagge tries Aphra’s approach, but is introduced to Lord Vader’s new favorite sport, choking of his subordinates. Admiral Ozzel (who will soon get a good choking of his own after prematurely jumping out of hyperspace) gets the task to get the Star Dreadnought ready in two weeks or face similar consequences.

    With everything in his hands, Vader turns to the future. With familiar face in his mind, he promises: “Soon.”

    In the grand Marvel tradition, we get a ‘post-credit scene’. We learn that Aphra tasked Triple Zero, Bee-Tee and Black Krrsantan to use the equipment from the Son-Tuul Pride robbery and possibly save her life. They manage barely and when Triple Zero asks what she would do if Vader did use his lightsaber, Aphra shows that she did learn some wisdom after all.


    But, wait! That is not all, we also get a Coda. And, if I might say, it is the greatest display of irony you can imagine.

    If you remember, in one of the past issues, Vader was chilling on Tatooine waiting for bounty hunters and passed the time by killing the entire village of Tuscen raiders. Unbeknownst to him, one of them not just survived, but witnessed the entire thing. He goes in the desert and calls for other Tuscens lead by some sort of shaman. The shaman reads the scene of Vader’s rampage and then tells the tribe about the event. The tribe gathers their dead and, together with the only survivor, burns them on the effigy – of Darth Vader.


    And, here we are at the end of all things or, at least, at the end of Marvel’s Darth Vader. After reading it all, I even more appreciate a decision to end the comic when the story is done. If I am being honest, the story might have been condensed even more. However, I am not complaining.

    For every opponent, cyborg or otherwise, Vader had to eradicate, we got his relationship with Palpatine, Vader killing hundreds of Rebels, discovering that he has a son and destroying the remnants of his past. At the end of all things, we got Darth Vader at the height of his power, the Dark Lord of the Sith, ready to lure his son and try his chances against the Emperor. We got Vader we will see in The Empire Strikes Back.

    The final issue lacked a bit of oomph for me though I recognize that having Vader deal with Cylo and Aphra couldn’t be made more spectacular. They, after all, are no match for him. I immensely enjoyed giddy Palpatine and I could almost hear Ian McDiarmid in my head. After seeing Vader’s side of this relationship, I cannot help but want to see Sidious’ at some point. I am grateful that the great secondary characters, made up for this comic, all survived. It is possible now that we will see them again in other canon material.

    I always liked Larroca’s art, but it was Max Fiumara’s art of the Coda that really popped out, especially shaman’s visions. And the fact that the most hated beings in Vader’s life now worship him as a dark god is spectacular.

    As I am finishing my last Darth Vader review, I came to realize that, as the overall story of Star Wars moves on, there are less and less chances that we will see the Dark Lord of the Sith again. Once Rogue One is released, who knows when or if we will revisit Vader’s story. If you haven’t been reading this comic, this is a perfect time – the story is done.

    So, what did you think? About the last issue and the comic in general? Will you miss it? What do you think will replace it?
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  2. Boushhdisguise

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    It did what it set out to do as a over all comic series. Since one would figure that Vader wouldn't have a whole lot of contact with the heroes of the stories in this time period, it was a good move to make his own series with his own journey. Filling in how he found that Luke was his son and all that The crossover, Vader Down, did that some and was quite epic. Looking forward to some of these stories to continue in the regular series.
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  3. PrincessLeiaCB3

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    Amazing review @LadyMusashi ! I was looking forward to read this final issue. I recall going through the first pages and - though the art on the variant covers was really awesome - I was trying to rush through them to start reading the issue!

    True. For the Sith Master, seeing his apprentice going through the evil direction was truly satisfying, I guess.

    While reading this part, I had the words of Princess Leia in Star Wars # 19 to Dr. Aphra in my head, and sad at first that the warning the Rebel Princess gave to her was totally true:

    "This is no game, Doctor. I hope you realize just how dangerous Darth Vader really is. No matter how useful you are to him now, sooner or later he will get around to killing you. And when that day comes, if you should happen to somehow survive, I suggest you look me up."

    I know!!! I was awestruck when I saw the after-credits scene! I still cannot get over that scene. But well done, Story Group. By then, I was so excited by the ending that I hadn't noticed we didn't know anything about the two evil droids, what happened with them!

    Yeah!! #AphraLives indeed!!

    I have made comments that, in some way, her character was some mix of a wicked Indiana Jones with a hint of Harley Quinn and something that reminds me of Ahsoka Tano. I know, it might sound weird, but I reckon that was the vibe her character gave me. I guess we shall see more of her in her own comic miniseries!

    We might, hopefully! I just happen to notice something I feel it's like a Chekhov's gun at the end of Star Wars # 19:

    dr aphra chekhov gun.png

    What happened with those trackers????

    As Supreme Leader Snoke said, "We shall see".
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  4. Admiral Petty

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    Great review! I really enjoyed this issue as well, although I felt that the six dollar price tag might have been a bit much. Glad to see Aphra is getting her own series. It will be interesting to see if Vader ever finds out about her survival in future comics.

    I also loved the Emperor's reaction to Vader's schemes, so very Sith!
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  5. Mcbee

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    A wonderful series overall. The ending was satisfying. Can't wait too pick up hardcover on these.

    I really want to congratulate the writer and artist on making the most cinematic experience I've had in a comic. ( of course I've read comics i think are "better" stories, but i really felt i could see Vader and co. On screen.) this was a quality title and i look forward to their next outing.

    My two biggest complaints: its over. Damn. And although I'm happy aphra lives, the way she survives is impossible. At least with kanan in rebels a couple weeks ago i could blame it on the force of something.

    And @LadyMusashi...yeah, as amazing as larocca's art is, i agree, the style in that tusken coda was super awesome. I noted it with great interest.
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  6. Lord of the Rens

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    That Darth wasn't concerned, bothered or even slowed down once in this issue was Classic Vader.

    I approve of this ending.
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    I didn't want this series to end however all good things... Anywho, surprised at the Emperor's reaction yet loved it when Vader threw her out the air lock. I want more Vader! I will revisit the entire series once again to get my Vader fix. But I am a bit disappointed that Dr. Aphra survived. She got a bit annoying and the droids too... not too fond of Aphra yet I'll pick up her series to see if I change my mind. The art looks great. I hope the character evolves to where I can appreciate her more... I look forward to her teaming up with Leia and Sana sort of like a birds prey style!
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