Last week, Marvel Comics released the first “Darth Vader” and “Star Wars” comic series crossover titled “Vader Down.” It was explosive, with frame-after-frame of action goodness, showing how the Dark Lord will spare no lives, especially if it means he will get closer to his son Luke Skywalker. Part two of six of the “Vader Down” series came out this week with “Darth Vader #13.” How did it fare against the premiere issue?
Darth Vader’s quest to get closer to his son Luke Skywalker continues in “Darth Vader #13” as part two of the “Vader Down” crossover series. This issue definitely makes up for the slight lack of plot twists that was very apparent in the launch issue of the said series. That brilliant idea from Aphra, turning Triple-Zero into a C-3PO lookalike to lure Luke Skywalker in was just brilliant! Considering the timeline of the story, making out Luke as a gullible kid that he once was make it perfect. It also created one exciting end that made us wish “Star Wars #13” was already out in news stands next week.
Another good thing about the latest “Darth Vader” comic is that there’s more play into Darth Vader’s ruthlessness, which was a bit downplayed in previous issues, which hoped to establish more what makes the Sith Lord an anti-hero. As is known of his powers, readers get to see him deal with Rebel troops as easily as fans of the franchise expect him to do so.
The money shot for us was that of an almost half page image of Vader with some explosives at the background. We wish it looked more explosive and more badass but what made it an especially effective panel was Vaders words, “Bleed whole worlds dry, Rebels. You will not keep me from the boy.”
For those looking equally at how good a comic book is drawn as at how it was written, this issue will not disappoint. Over here at MNG, we just simply love everything that’s connected to the original trilogy (with this writer also loving *almost* everything that’s connected to the prequel trilogy) and seeing the new “Darth Vader” issue continue relying on photo reference sure sat pretty well with us. It was very cinematic and very grand, one that simply prepares the readers for both the new video game “Star Wars: Battlefront” and the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” That said, we warn those who are simply not into that kind of art that there might be a slight disappointment with this series.
In a nutshell, the second book in the “Vader Down” series continues to prove that the first Star Wars comic book crossover is a worthy title to follow. Of five stars, we give it 4.5.
How about you? Have you read “Darth Vader #13?” What did you think of it? Do let us know in the comments section.
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