Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 Review

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Raffaele Ienco, In-Hyuk Lee, Neeraj Menon, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11th, 2020

After coming face to face with Padme, what will Vader’s reaction be, and how will this change his vengeful plans? Let’s find out!

Following course with the other ongoing Star Wars books, flashbacks have become par for the course. This isn’t a bad thing at all though. In this case, they bring back the feelings and emotions that Anakin and Padme shared in the prequel movies.

The real star of the series so far for me is the droid ZED-6-7. Greg Pak has tapped into whatever it is that makes certain Star Wars droids so likable and relatable. That’s quickly shown here.

Vader’s stature and intimidating ways are quickly seen as well.

Padme’s response though shows that Vader may not be such a big bad guy after all though as more images from the past invade his hateful mind.

If nothing else the flashbacks show what a state of unrest and turmoil Vader is in. He’s hell-bent on vengeance but seeing Padme brings older feels to the surface.

Things quickly take a turn. I think that many long time fans expected the outcome that we get.

Throughout the book the droid, ZED-6-7 continues to steal the show. This is a perfect example of how Greg Pak has grown as a writer. In Pak’s previous run on the main Star Wars book, I was pretty critical of how he wrote C-3PO. He fell into the bad habit of taking phrases 3PO had used in the movies and beating them like a rented mule. “Oh dear” was the one used the most. In Vader though, Pak has created a new speaking character, albeit a droid, and made it completely unique with it’s own personality. Never in a million years would I have thought that I’d enjoy basically a team-up book with Darth Vader and a droid!! And by the end of the issue, Vader seems to be taking direction from not only ZED-6-7 but someone else as well! Interesting…

The art in this series has been equal to the story. Raffaele Ienco has given all the characters a very recognizable look. His Vader, in particular, is outstanding. I grew up drawing Vader’s helmet or trying too. And while Ienco does a great job with the helmet, it’s the rest of Vader’s body that looks so good. He makes him look very intimidating, which I think is hard to do when you can’t see a face.

I’m a huge fan of variant covers, and we get a great one here by Chris Sprouse.

Final Thoughts:

Greg Pak keeps the momentum going and throws in yet another surprise. Our revenge/vengeance quest has added another layer of depth and intrigue. This was a real page-turner!

8.3/10

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