Darth Vader, vol. 2

Summary: Bounty Hunters on the attack–against the Empire! Vader has a new mission to do for the Empire. Unfortunately, it’s completely at odds with his own mission. What’s a Dark Lord to do? Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?

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Darth Vader, vol. 2, by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado 7.25

In the continuing saga that is Kieron Gillen’s ‘Darth Vader‘, which compiles issues 7-12 of the series, we find the Sith Lord trying to fund his projects and using Aphra to reel in a few bounty hunters to discretely steal credits from the Empire.

Ever the rebel, Vader is.

In any event, Thanoth, the inspector put on the case by Grand General Tagge is suspicious of the apparent “meteorite storm” and puts Vader in many compromising positions as he is repeatedly forced to erase any signs of his involvement.

The second volume finds Vader carried by the tide more so than being the singularly-focused villain that we’ve come to know. In fact, he doesn’t feel like a force to be reckoned with, not even to the subtle degree that he was in ‘Star Wars‘.

In some ways, he feels like a secondary character in his own book, as we follow Aphra on the missions he sets for her and watch him become subject to Tagge’s humiliations and Thanoth’s insinuations. This book is more about the other characters.

The fact is, the other players are okay, they are, but they’re simply not Darth Vader. Plus he’s not really in character in this book, tagging along sheepishly while his actions are being investigated; in this story arc, frankly, he’s more Anakin than Vader.

Further to that, it bothered me that Thanoth always seemed to suggest to know more than he did, but ultimately it was just smoke and mirrors – for all his skills and talent, he was easily duped by Lord Vader, who is only as sharp as his lightsaber.

It made for an okay book, but not an especially convincing one. It doesn’t help that it seems to kill a lot of time, not getting Vader significantly closer to his goal of finding the pilot who destroyed the Death Star: the son he didn’t know existed.

Maybe the next book will move things along.

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