STAR WARS: VADER DOWN
RELEASED OUT NOW! Publisher Marvel
Writers Jason aaron, Kieron Gillen
Artists Mike deodato,
issues 1-3 Marvel’s line of Star Wars comics have gone out of their way to genuinely feel like Star Wars, aiming to capture the same blend of characterisation, myth and fast-paced, high-stakes action. Now, we’ve got the first big-scale crossover between the two core ongoing titles (Star Wars by Jason Aaron, and Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen) and the result is a gloriously enjoyable pulp adventure.
When Vader’s search for Luke Skywalker accidentally brings him up against the Rebellion, the Sith Lord’s TIE Fighter is shot down, stranding him on a distant planet far from the Empire’s assistance. The Rebels use this as a chance to try and kill Vader once and for all – but they haven’t reckoned with the power of the Dark Side, and Vader is soon fighting back with devastating consequences.
At the time of writing we’re halfway through the six-issue story, and it’s already delivered great setpieces and fantastic twists, with co-writers Aaron and Gillen clearly relishing the opportunity to show Vader’s abilities on a grander scale than the classic trilogy ever managed. The story isn’t much more sophisticated than a thrill-ride, but it’s still pulling off some memorable moments, especially when the classic Star Wars heroes encounter new characters like the murderous protocol droid Triple-Zero and his assassin astromech sidekick BT-1.
Art-wise, Mike Deodato’s work is vivid, though a little stiff in comparison to the sections handled by regular Darth Vader artist Salvador Larocca. Otherwise this lively action romp is pretty much unmissable for any self-respecting Star Wars fan. Saxon Bullock
Due in Feb: a one-shot C-3PO special, which will explain how he acquired a red arm for The Force Awakens.
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