Darth Vader #1 Review

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If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Darth Vader #1 from Marvel Comics!

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A few weeks ago I reviewed Star Wars #1 as it returned to Marvel, and man did it live up to the hype! The question moving forward was how would the other two titles, Darth Vader and Princess Leia, fair in comparison? Well as Darth Vader #1 released this week on new comic book day, we got our answer!

Kieron Gillen didn’t shy away from starting off with a bang in issue one as we immediately follow Vader into the lair of the infamous Jabba the Hutt! In a scene reminiscent of Return of the Jedi, the Sith Lord moves quietly into Jabba’s fortress and confronts the kingpin of Tatooine with an a fierce demeanor that can only represent Vader.

Jabba and Vader have an exciting exchange where neither gives way or backs down at the other’s threats, and in the end Lord Vader shows the strength of the Dark Side of the Force! He takes on a room full of guards and mercenaries with great ease and alot of fun action! He then finds himself one on one with Jabba where he informs him of the differences between a Jedi and a Sith!

Later in the issue, you have the Emperor make his obligatory appearance and even the fan favorite Boba Fett plays a role in the story as the plot gets even more interesting towards the end of the issue! The story was on point giving you a throw back to Return of the Jedi, some Dark Side of the Force action, and some intriguing plot points to follow going forward, but there are two halves to every comic…

Writing is great, but how is the art? A ridiculous question if you’ve seen the name at the bottom of the cover! Salvador Larocca couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for a Darth Vader comic! Just like John Cassady makes you feel like you’re watching a hidden scene in Star Wars issues 1 & 2, Larocca brings you into the underworld of Tatooine and the Dark Side of the force with great accuracy! Every page is a piece of art to behold and soak in every detail! I’d like to commend Marvel on the Superstar writer/artist pairings they’ve made with the first two titles. They’ve made certain this franchise is going to live up to the hype.

In case you couldn’t already tell, I’m giving this book and the Star Wars title a glowing recommendation! You can follow either book individually or pick up both and get alittle bit bigger picture at whats going on in the Star Wars Universe all together! I look forward to the first issue of the third title, Princess Leia releasing in the coming weeks! Check back here for the review on that as well when it comes out! In the mean time, check out the cool Vader cover gallery below and may the Force be with you!

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-Nick Flair!

Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Review

If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Marvel’s Star Wars #1!!!

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I know I’ve been reviewing a lot of Marvel books recently, but its hard to pass over the relaunch of a brand as big as Star Wars! Especially when the titles relaunching are going to be considered the only official universe cannon moving forward! There is so much hype around the upcoming Episode 7: The Force Awakens, and this book is right at the fore front of it! It’s been since the late 70’s since Marvel had the rights to Star Wars, and they intend to make the most out of the title’s homecoming, but here’s the real question; is it worth picking up?

I read a handful of the old Dark Horse Star Wars comics, but it never really took with me. I think the reasons for that were that I didn’t know a lot of characters, I was never really sure when in the timeline they took place, and there were a lot of Star Wars books! One time I actually picked up the right number issue to a different book and was lost… That one is on me, but you get my point. What Marvel is doing is very different from Dark Horse.

First off, there are only three books; Star Wars, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. I’m not going to confuse these books. In the first issue of Star Wars we see the entire cast from the first movie, and they reference events to let you know this takes place right after ‘A New Hope’ and before ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. That allows me to simply pick it up at a familiar and interesting point and enjoy the story!

Jason Aaron handles writing duties, and let me tell you, he nails it. The story has all the elements of the movies, the characters interact and talk like they’re portrayed in the movie. Its easy for me to tell that Han Solo is Han Solo and such, but I also get a little more of what makes them tick. Aaron does a great job giving me what I know, and letting me know there’s more to it.

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Complementary to that is John Cassady’s art. If you enjoyed his run on Astonishing X-Men (SO GOOD!!!) or the work he’s done on Lone Ranger then you know how great this guy is! If you don’t know him, then you’re in for a treat on this book. He brings such a great likeness of character, it makes the book feel as if its lost footage from the movies. The action, the facial expressions, the clean crisp feel of the book combined with the stellar writing make this an absolute must read for me, and I imagine any Star Wars fan!

This book gets me pumped up for the other two books; Darth Vader and Princess Leia. They nailed Star Wars and weren’t afraid to put two top talents on the book. Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca will tackle Darth Vader and Mark Waid and Terry Dodson (With inks/colors by Rachel Dodson of course) will handle Princess Leia. With an exciting new trilogy of Star Wars films set to start in 2016, Marvel is leading the way and waiving the flag high for the anticipation fans are already mustering in high levels!

IF YOU LIKE COMICS AND THE STAR WARS TRILOGY PICK THIS BOOK UP RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Here’s a small example of what I used to be confronted with when thinking about picking up a Star Wars book at the shop. (Sorry Dark Horse, but this is for the best.)

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The World is Ours to Make!

-Nick Flair!