Darth Vader #1

Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Ramon Bachs
Colorist: Stephane Paitreau
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artists: Terry and Rachel Dodson

Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1 is okay, but it doesn’t really do anything new to further the character or the audiences’ understanding of him. As a story on it’s own for pure enjoyment, it’s not too bad, but it’s not the greatest either. To be honest, you could skip this one and not miss out.

From a character perspective, this issue doesn’t do much. We see the Emperor yet again challenge Vader by making him subservient to someone else, and of course eventually Vader gets the chance to kill that person and feed his own hatred. The only thing that really makes this comic different from anything else is the giant lobster monster in an asteroid field. That’s definitely something new, strange, and maybe cool, but maybe not. On one hand, new monsters can be cool. On the other hand, a lobster in space looks kind of out of place, even in Star Wars.

The artwork is okay, but the style doesn’t really get me excited. Art can be a very personal thing with some styles working for some people and some styles working better for others. It can be very hit and miss and very much in the eyes of the beholder. Personally, this one wasn’t my favorite. There’s not shortage of detail, and while it does opt for a slightly cartoony representation of the characters, it’s not so much to look out of place in a comic. To be honest, it might have worked better with a different colorist, but it’s hard to say.

With an okay story and okay artwork, there’s nothing outstanding about this issue, and I think it’s a safe pass. You’re not going to miss anything important other than that lobster monster. I give it a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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