Review: Darth Vader #6

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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 been pitted against his rivals created by the cyborg scientist Cylo to see who is most worthy of being the Emperor’s apprentice and enforcer.  It is the nature of the Sith to seek the most power, and now Vader must prove he is worthy.

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Vader is thrown into the makeshift arena to battle all of the contenders to the death.  The Emperor will see their worth while they battle against Vader and then against each other.  Once again, Vader is silent through out much of the battle, choosing instead to simply fight.  While Darth Vader is never truly happy, he is especially unhappy about everything that has lead him here.

Each of the combatants are interesting and different, but obviously none of them can really stand against Darth Vader.  The fighting takes up most of the first third of the book.  It seems a bit excessive but it does serve to enforce the relationship that has developed between the Emperor and Vader especially once we get to the end of the book and Vader realizes what his next step must be.  The Emperor chooses to frequently remind Vader of his place and that he is not the powerful Force user that he was before he lost so much at Mustafar.

The second half is where the book truly shines.  We get Vader’s version of the final scenes from this week’s Star Wars #6 and with it we get one of the few glimpses into his thoughts and the pain that Vader carries with him.  Showing scenes from the films can be a cheap way to elicit emotions in a story that is lacking, but that is not the case here.  The scenes are brief and enhance the emotional element of the story instead of feeling cheap or forced.

The book is essentially two scenes.  First the action against Cylo’s creations and then Vader back on board his Star Destroyer discovering the truth about Luke.  The overall theme is the relationship between the Emperor and Vader.  Vader makes realizations and begins to make his plans for the future here.

Kieron Gillen’s writing really gets into the head of Darth Vader and the nature of the Sith.  Salvador Larocca’s art and Edgar Delgado’s colors give us a dark world that matches the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.  The fighting in the first part of the book is exciting, but it’s the second half of the book that really makes this book into a must read.

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.