Darth Vader #2

Darth Vader #2

Writer: Keiron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Adi Granov

Darth Vader #2 put’s the Dark Lord into action as he hunts down a rebel cell. Yet this issue also establishes Vader’s leash and reveals the hand holding it: Grand General Tagge. With the help of a droid, Vader sets about setting things right and protecting his own interests. If Tagge isn’t careful, his days may be numbered.

The issue opens with a quick dogfight in space as a blockade runner takes out some Imperial starships before Vader incapacitates the rebel ship. It’s part of Tagge’s plan to chase down the source of these ships. And the Grand General wastes no time in establishing his rank over Vader, even going so far as to assign an aide to openly spy on him. This in turn leads to Vader hunting down the rebels and finding a way to get rid of his aide in the process. While this may be the first moves in a long game of cat and mouse, I’m not sure it’s going to lead to the best Vader story. I did enjoy this issue, and I liked the droid element, but it’s missing something to make it really stand out. On one part, the dialog could be better. For another, the story itself could be a little smarter and a little more surprising.

The artwork is pretty good, but there were a couple things that stood out to me in a bad way. For starters, Tagge’s face had some odd colorations in some of the panels. The art style that’s used gave him a much softer appearance in some scenes, and a much sharper appearance in others. He’s also the only character this happens to which makes it stand out even more. Another oddity was the design of the panel layouts. Some of the thin, wide panels would be split in half or have a third split off into into a smaller square panel. With the darkness of illustrations and the black frames of the panels, it made it hard to spot sometimes when one panel was ending and another beginning. They tended to blend together a little with all the black that is used. Between Vader, his black droid and the black backdrop of space, it’s a very dark colored issue.

On the plus side, I liked the illustration of the three rebel aliens and there was one really nice shot of Darth Vader’s TIE.

In the end, Darth Vader #2 is an enjoyable issue, but nothing outstanding. The art is good and I liked how the story didn’t jump around like the first issue did. This one tells a much more linear and focused tale. That said, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. As is, I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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