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Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1 (Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith Hc) Hardcover – 16 Oct 2018
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Star Wars Darth Vader – Imperial Machine
This is not the Vader we saw (but seldom heard) in Kieron Gillen’s previous Darth Vader series; this is Anakin Skywalker in an exoskeleton struggling to find his way, killing everyone who gets in his way, and doing his best to be evil, because he’s evil now; the Emperor keeps telling him that, so it must be true.
We also get to see the New Order taking control of its empire, unfurling its flags, and telling/selling the Big Lie in order to keep the people in line.
Being set before Episode IV, there is a new universe to be explored, lots of Jedi to be hunted down, lots of loose ends to be wound up or created, and I’m sure I’ve seen the chap in the final panel somewhere before, but I can’t remember where.
Star Wars Darth Vader – Legacy’s End
The main driver for this volume is the hunt for the Jedi’s former Archivist, Jocasta Nu (who I have never heard of, but could be an established character in the Star Wars universe, or made up for this series), with the head of the Inquisitorius, the Grand Inquisitor, having a particularly long-held grudge against her for all the times she refused to let him into the archive (and against Vader for being made his boss).
Nu and the Emperor are both after a particularly important file hidden in the Jedi Archives on Coruscant, though neither Vader nor the Inquisitor know about that.
There is also a bounty on Vader’s head, set by someone high in the Imperial government, and there is also the little problem that nobody among the Imperial security/military has heard of Vader, and they are still programmed to shoot anyone with a lightsaber on sight…
This is very-well written, and superbly illustrated, even if it is yet another ‘new’ Vader for us to process. Kieron Gillen did a superb job in his previous series of making Vader a classic ‘Marvel’ villain, with depth and character. Now it is Charles Soule’s turn to create a character out of a two-dimensional film villain. He’s off to a good start here – and is building on Gillen’s suggestion of a still-divided character hidden under the shell.