Review: Darth Vader #7

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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 done the unthinkable and returned to Tatooine.  His hunt for Luke Skywalker has brought him back to the one place in the galaxy he has avoided the most.

Darth Vader 7

Darth Vader #7

The book opens with Darth Vader in that most famous of locations, the Lars homestead.  However, now it’s a smoldering burned out husk.  The opening panel is a dark twisted version of the classic scene as Vader looks out on the twin suns.

Vader and Aphra are hunting for information about Luke Skywalker.  Again, Vader is stoic while Aphra makes quips.  But she shows she is more than the quirky sidekick.  Aphra quickly realizes that this was the work of the Empire, and what it would’ve meant for the Empire and Vader personally had Luke been here when the attack came.

After investigating Obi-wan’s hut, Vader sends Aphra on a separate mission while he heads to Son-tuul following an underworld connection.  A rodian crime boss has something that Vader wants, and Vader will go to any means to get what he wants.

Meanwhile Aphra meets with several bounty hunters on Son-tuul seemingly to double cross Darth Vader.  From what we have seen of Aphra so far it seems there is another level to what is going on here.  She doesn’t seem like the type that would double cross Vader or the Empire so quickly.  If we know anything about the Sith and their plans is that nothing is ever as it seems.

Kieron Gillen’s story delves into the dark side, but maintains a good amount of humour to keep it balanced.  Even without any facial expressions on Vader between Gillen’s writing and Salvador Larocca’s art we can read every emotion and inflection.  Edgar Delgado’s colors take us into the darkness but give the colors a depth and variation.  The creators have delivered another great story that takes us into the dark side, but avoids many of the cliches and tropes from a villainous story.

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.