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“Nothing is impossible for the Force”: A Joint Retrospective on the first Darth Vader Comic Series

Darth Vader Series Retrospective

The original Darth Vader series, written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado, was part of the initial launch of Marvel’s return to Star Wars comics in 2015. After it ended over a year and a half later, October 2016, its epic story of betrayal, Sith machinations, and surprisingly well-laden doses of dark humor ensured it would live on in the hearts of fans new and old for years to come. Chris and I sat down to ruminate on the now classic series, which you can read below, discussing some of its various components that have led to its undeniable legacy in Star Wars comics as a whole. Continue reading ““Nothing is impossible for the Force”: A Joint Retrospective on the first Darth Vader Comic Series”

“I’m a Rogue Archaeologist. You Have to Expect a Little Digging”: The Many Reasons Why You Should Be Excited for the Doctor Aphra Comic Series

Doctor Aphra Comic Series Excitement Article HeaderWhen Doctor Aphra was initially introduced in Darth Vader issue #3, it didn’t take long for myself and many others to fall in love with the character. Twenty plus comic issues since, the enjoyment and excitement that comes from her being on the page hasn’t waned and has only grown even more and more. It recently reached a fever-pitch since the dual revelation she survives her time with Vader and will have her very own ongoing series, but for those who have yet to enjoy her special brand of snark, wit, and love for weapons, you’re probably wondering why exactly fans like myself are so damn enthusiastic this rogue archaeologist persists. Check out below why you too should be jumping over ewoks in joy at the upcoming Doctor Aphra series!  Continue reading ““I’m a Rogue Archaeologist. You Have to Expect a Little Digging”: The Many Reasons Why You Should Be Excited for the Doctor Aphra Comic Series”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #25

Darth Vader #25

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Dreading what may all transpire, especially for fans of Dr. Aphra, in the final issue of the Darth Vader series is to be expected. What was also to be expected, and thoroughly confirmed after reading Darth Vader #25’s final page, is how Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, and Edgar Delgado have wrapped up their modern classic with a riveting, enjoyable, tear-inducing, and full-circle ending that’ll be long remembered. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #25”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #24

Darth Vader #24

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There’s no mincing words here: Darth Vader #24 is a stunning penultimate issue, delivering an unprecedented psychological deep-dive into one of fiction’s greatest villains and setting the stage for what can only be a suitably epic finale. After everything Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, and Edgar Delgado have done together, it shouldn’t have been a surprise issue #24 would’ve been this good, but they seem to have a habit of outdoing themselves. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #24”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #23

Darth Vader #23

Spoiler Review –

Despite only two issues left after this, the Darth Vader series shows no signs of slowing down in issue #23. Vader is a wrecking-ball of destruction as he continues his assault on Cylo and his remaining creation, Morit, while Aphra devises a plan to possibly save her skin beyond the events of this series. But as exciting, action-packed, and full of necessary exclamation moments as Darth Vader #23 gets, it ends with a big, surprising, cliffhanger I don’t believe anyone quite saw coming. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #23”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #22

Darth Vader #22

Spoiler Review –

Tulon Voidgazer’s purpose is revealed, Vader battles a cyberanimate Rancor, Aphra devises a desperate ploy to escape her looming fate, and Cylo makes his move to take the Executor in the rather action packed issue Darth Vader #22. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #22”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #21

Darth Vader #21

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Darth Vader #21 marches us one issue closer to this series’ finale (making “End of Games” a rather appropriately named arc) and while #21 might feel like set-up on top of last week’s set-up/wrap-up focus, it’s delivered entertainingly and gains a lot of tension from knowing fan-favorite characters’ fates i.e. DR. APHRA are all up in the air. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #21”

Darth Vader Ongoing Comic Ends with Issue #25

dv-25While I placed it #2 on my list of 2015’s comics, the Darth Vader series easily could’ve been number one (the top 3 were basically tied) and from its showing so far this year it could likely be there by the time 2016 comes to a close. Unfortunately for fans of the series, which just launched into a new (but final) arc with the excellent issue #20, it won’t be around for 2017 as issue #25 signals its end come August (as announced via IGN). The series is responsible for tons of new characters, most notably Doctor Aphra and the murderbots, Triple-Zero and BT-1, and now it’s poised for an epic conclusion. Below are some highlights from IGN’s interview with Kieron Gillen, DV’s writer, and my hopes for what could come next in its place. Continue reading “Darth Vader Ongoing Comic Ends with Issue #25”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #20

Darth Vader #20

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Darth Vader #20 starts the new final (see below!) 6 issue arc, “End of Games.” Series’ stalwarts Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, and Edgar Delgado continue their fantastic work on the series so far with this exceptional start, where I found myself exclaiming my surprise (and definitely some laughter) out loud several times, as issue #20 both honors what has come before and pushes on to something new and exciting. This review also contains thoughts on the bonus one-shot within the issue, “The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee,” which finally proves there can never be enough of the murderbots. Ever. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #20”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #19

Darth Vader #19

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Darth Vader #19 heralds in the end of “The Shu-Torun War” with surprising fates for Morit and Aiolin, a wonderful and intriguing arc for Queen Trios, a brilliant contrast between Vader and Obi-Wan, some great callbacks to DV Annual #1, and what is now most certainly the best Triple-Zero scene to date. While a shorter arc, “The Shu-Torun War” feels just as fleshed out and well-told as a longer 6-issue arc and Darth Vader #19 is one of the biggest reasons why. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader #19”