Darth Vader #7
Darth Vader #7
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Adi Granov
Darth Vader #7 kicks off the first issue of the “Shadows and Secrets” arc. Vader returns to Tatooine in search of clues, wraps up some business on Son-tuul, and everything finishes up with some bounty hunters. It’s a lot of odd, intriguing pieces stuck together. While the endgame isn’t clear yet, this issue certainly throws in some curious characters for what looks to be a space heist.
The start of the issue is pretty deep and told mostly through imagery. A lot of the complexities of the scenes are left to the reader. We see Vader striking Luke’s pose from A New Hope as he watches the twin suns set in the distance. There’s an off hand mention of Owen and Beru’s death after an awkward pause from Vader. They look over the remains of Luke’s house with Aphra remarking at the Imperial handiwork. Vader studies Obi-Wan’s hut and sees the signs of Luke’s scuffle with Boba Fett. Having found whatever he was looking for, he purges all trace of his presence from the location, including Luke’s presence. Whatever scheme he is up to, its coming together.
Afterwards the comic takes a turn to showcase Rodian crime lord and some bounty hunters. It offers some fun art opportunities for the art team as they get to tackle some colorful aliens and creatures. As a fan of aliens, I really enjoyed the visual aspect of this half of the comic. There’s a neat looking, green eyed Hutt adorned in jewelry, a red IG-series droid that talks like HK-47, and extremely short character in Mando looking armor, Bossk, and the wookiee bounty hunter named Krrsantan who gets a little character building as well. There’s some fun scenes they bring to life on the page. However, some of the imagery can be confusing and I did find myself looking at certain panels three or four times trying to figure out what was going on. Aside from that, the artwork is really good.
While not a self-contained issue, Darth Vader #7 is a satisfying romp in the boots of Vader and the underworld. There’s lost of scum and villainy, some touching callbacks to the films, and plenty of good character moments. Backed by good artwork, Darth Vader #7 is a solid issue. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.