STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1
Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, David Curiel, Joe Caramagna
Published by: Marvel Comics
The most fearsome villain of all time returns with an all-new series! When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that was once dear to him, the former chosen one must take his first steps into a darker world…as Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith!
Okay people, show of hands:how many here hated Darth Vader’s “Nooooo!” moment in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”? I think its safe to say pretty much everyone over the age of 7 hated that scene. The good news is, Marvel Comics’ new Darth Vader series fixes that infamous sequence, and shows us what it should have looked like.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 picks up right after the “Nooooo!” scene in Episode III, but instead of the non-sense we saw in the movie, we get to see Vader’s rage build up until he lashes out against the Emperor. From there, we witness Darth Vader take his first steps into the villain we all know.
I give writer Charles Soule a lot of credit because in just a few pages, he was able to capture the awkwardness between Darth Vader and Palpatine. It was nice to learn that these two characters had some growing pains in their relationship/partnership. The two even come to blows at one point, which was cool to see. But that sadly, is where the good stuff ends in Darth Vader #1.
The rest of the issue focuses om Vader’s journey to becoming the most feared Sith in the galaxy. But there’s not exceptional here, and nothing we haven’t seen before. I also didn’t feel the same type of emotion from Darth Vader as I did in the first few pages of the comic.
To me this felt like too many other Marvel Star Wars comics: solid start, but directionless after that. Then again, Charles Soule may be weaving a slow story here, who knows?
Giuseppe Camuncoli’s artwork in this comic is sharp, and some of his action scenes are definitely dynamic and exciting. However, Camuncoli’s best work comes in the opening pages as he does an awesome job showcasing Darth Vader’s pain and rage after learning his wife has died.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 grabbed me from the very beginning, but lost me halfway thorough. I wanted the entire issue to be like the opening pages, but instead, it turned out like the rest of the Marvel Star Wars comics. Focusing on Darth Vader’s early days could be exciting, but I think this is one of those rare comics where I’d rather wait for the trade so I can get the whole story.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 score: B-