Darth Vader #2
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Salvador Larroca
Cover by: Adi Granov
Released: Febuary 5, 2015
Gillen picks up right where the debut left off, with Vader now serving second to the unimaginative Grand General Tagge. This Vader continues to prove more than willing to get his hands dirty, saving the collective bacon of some Imperial cannon fodder with a few well-placed TIE blasts. Gillen smartly follows this moment of general awesome sauce with sobering reality, as Vader learns he’s to head the fleets next mission with a glorified babysitter in tow. Seeing as we’re used to Vader responding to any sort of disrespect with a Force choke or a little slicey slicey, it’s initially a bit disconcerting to see him taking orders from someone not wearing a bathrobe. Gillen wisely plays into this expectation, giving the character just enough rope to both follow orders and pursue his own ends.
The rest of the issue follows said mission to completion, Vader proving time again that he’s still Boss Banana of the galaxy. Interestingly, it’s his non-action that stands out most, the character showing an air for duplicity offset from his usual Force first tendencies. Some of these instances prove a tad hard to follow, as the book’s scripting isn’t always clear from words to art. Obviously some shifts are left vague to mask Vader’s more subtle machinations, but some of Laroca’s panels are a little too open for interpretation, making Gillen’s intent tough to fully iron down. In all I would rate this issue a 7.8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.
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