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Saturday Morning Review: Darth Vader #5

Series: Darth Vader
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado

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Summary from Comixology: “Vader continues his investigation into the Emperor’s secrets…Not everyone wants him to find out the truth. Who are Vader’s mysterious new rivals?”

Overview:
This is the one Star Wars series that I always read first when it comes out. I love the Star Wars self titled book, but Darth Vader has always been my favorite character. He’s the center figure in the original Star Wars Universe, and he’s tattooed on my leg, so I feel like I have a connection with the character. Kieron Gillen gets Darth Vader, you can tell the writer is invested in the character and it’s not written half-assed.

The Good:
As I said above, Darth Vader is a great book. From the art to the story, everything in this book is really top notch. Kieron Gillen really understands the characters, so as you read the book, it’s just a great fun read. When I finished reading this book, I immediately texted Cam, telling him how great it was and that Triple Zero was my new favorite character. For anyone reading the review, who isn’t reading the book, Triple Zero is a protocol droid similar to 3CPO, except a badass, and a bit of hilarious jerk. And Triple Zero uses torture, C3PO doesn’t do that… Salvador Larroca’s art is really on point in this issue, with clean lines and bright colors everything on this book really pops out at you. Which is a difficult task with so much black being involved in the character designs. The twist in the last three pages has left me upset. Upset that I have to wait a month to see what happens.

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The Bad:
I really couldn’t find anything wrong with this book. It was a great read. I am just bummed I have to wait a month to see what happens next.

The Final Say:
Do yourself a favor. Go pick up this book. If you haven’t read the other Darth Vader issues you can find the previous 4 issues pretty much anywhere (If you are OK with 2nd printings). This book is a 5 out of 5. It was just an awesome Darth Vader story, that any fan of the character will appreciate and love. Seriously, go pick these books up if you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, AND Darth Vader #3 contains three knew characters that will be in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Gillian knows how to write Darth Vader, and Larroca draws a beautiful space epic in each issue.

Music Pairing:
John Williams. Enough said.

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