Digging Through The Past (Darth Vader #1 Review)

DARTH VADER #1

Writer: Greg Pak

Artist: Raffaele Ienco

Colorist: Neeraj Menon

Letterer: Joe Caramagna

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: 9/10

This is the Star Wars book I have been looking forward to reading since they first announced it. We finally get to see first hand how Vader deals with the knowledge of his son being alive. For years he had thought him dead. So when he finds out and is then denied by Luke to join him, he becomes enraged. This first issue sets us up on the path Vader goes on to discover not how Luke survived, but who kept him hidden. Greg Pak, who has just finished a short run on the previous STAR WARS ongoing, was a great choice to write this book. He clearly has a great love for this franchise and also writes really great, character driven, stories. Plus you add Raffaele Ienco on art, who by the way is absolutely phenomenal, and you have one hell of a comic book.

The book opens up shortly after the events of "Empire Strikes Back", so we see Vader reflecting on Luke denying him. It's not easy to show emotion on a character whose entire face is covered in a helmet, but Ienco captures Vader's frustration and anger perfectly. Not to mention his shadowy style is perfect for a book centered on Darth Vader.

Immediately his resolve to find out the truth becomes more important then his failure and he immediately sets out to discover who was responsible for hiding Luke. He brings along this forensics droid, Zed Six Seven, to assist him. This droid is a great addition to the book. From it's hilarious and sarcastic answers to it's assistance in discovering the truth, it's clear Zed will be a recurring presecnce in the book.

Immediately his resolve to find out the truth becomes more important then his failure and he immediately sets out to discover who was responsible for hiding Luke. He brings along this forensics droid, Zed Six Seven, to assist him. This droid is a great addition to the book. From it's hilarious and sarcastic answers to it's assistance in discovering the truth, it's clear Zed will be a recurring presence in the book.

Once in space Vader goes from Tatooine all the way to Coruscant. In the midst of him seeking out answers, we get glimpse into his past before he was Vader and still Anakin. What may seem like regret, quickly turns to anger and laser sharp focus. He makes quick work of the space pirates that followed him into Tatooine and head for Coruscant. When he arrives he visits the home of his former love and mother to his child, Padme. What he discovers there will leave you shocked and fiending for the next issue.

Overall, Pak is really laying the groundwork for an epic Star Wars story. The mysteries and answers that will come from this tale will shake Vader to his core. Ienco's stunning visuals and expert storytelling are the perfect choice for this book. Then you pair him with Menon's unique and rich palette, and these world come to life in a colorful splendor, which only adds to this powerful story. This book is a must for all of you Star Wars fans and is perhaps one of the greatest additions to the mythos since Marvel took over the franchise.

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