Review: Darth Vader #2

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Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Adi Granov

Darth Vader has fallen in stature after the destruction of the Death Star.  The Emperor has taken away his command and made Vader a subordinate to the newly promoted Grand General Tagge.  Vader is already putting his own plans into motion however.

Darth Vader 2

Darth Vader #2

The issue opens on an Imperial shuttle under attack.  It’s another in a series of pirate raids on Imperial transports and cargo ships.  Vader, flying in his TIE is able to cripple the attacking ship and save the transport.  I always enjoy any chance we get to see Vader flying, it seems to be something that is often overlooked, especially considering it was such a large part of Anakin’s character.

Vader returns with the mission a success, but he has to endure something even worse than losing the cargo.  Not only does he have to answer to Tagge and listen to Tagge’s speeches about “Tarkin’s folly” but he has now been assigned an adjutant, an Imperial baby sitter.  Vader now has to deal with someone watching him and reporting his activities.  Lt. Oon-ai quickly realizes what an assignment with the Dark Lord of the Sith entails.  It’s hard to feel for Oon-ai though because he is such a minor character who only gets a handful of lines.

Tagge has a plan to send the damaged pirate ship back to it’s base and send in a squad to recover any data they can.  Vader knows it’s a plan that is doomed to fail, but he has no choice, he has to follow Tagge’s orders.  The plan works, but only because of Vader’s presence.  The pirates attack with modified battle droids.  It’s a quick fight and it seems like Vader is taking his time and using the fight as a distraction for his droid to slice into the base’s computer.

This is where things get a bit unclear for me.  The droid manages to get into the base and into the computer and upon returning Vader accuses Lt. Oon-ai of being the source of an information leak.  I’m not sure if this is true or if Vader falsified data to make it look that way.  Vader’s droid uploaded some information, but it doesn’t seem clear if it was about Oon-ai or if it was something else in Vader’s hunt for Luke Skywalker.  Regardless, it’s clear that Vader is keeping up appearances with Tagge and the Emperor but he is working on his own agenda now.

Kieron Gillen seems to have a good grasp so far on Vader, especially during this time when Vader was more subservient than he would become later in the saga.  The confusion surrounding Oon-ai is minor, and doesn’t really have much bearing on the story as a whole.  Larocca’s art helps to capture the large intimidating figure of the Dark Lord of the Sith and with Delgado’s colors the whole story takes on a darker feel.

4/5 Kath Hounds

4/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.