Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 4: End of Games by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

If you actively read enough with intent to understand, regardless of the medium or format, you will discover the difference between "quality" writing and "clever" writing.  It takes very little effort to recognize that difference, but when you do, "clever" will never be good enough.  I don't expect Star Wars to be excellent literature.  I … Continue reading Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 4: End of Games by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

For the previous two volumes and the crossover that comprised part three, I've unapologetically targeted Doctor Aphra as the weak link.  Her complete absence in this book absolutely proves my point.  This volume was absolutely brilliant, dare I say the way it should have been from the beginning. Having been captured by the Rebels, Aphra … Continue reading Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

Star Wars: Vader Down by Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Mike Deodato, and Salvador Larroca

"You need to pick up this crossover." -- ComicVine.com No, really?  You'll miss about seven issues of storyline if you don't.  I'm sure that's not exactly what the reviewer at ComicVine meant.  At any rate, this is the obligatory crossover from Marvel's main Star Wars title by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato and the Darth Vader title from Kieron … Continue reading Star Wars: Vader Down by Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, Mike Deodato, and Salvador Larroca

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

Grand General Tagge has pitted the Emperor's potential apprentice replacements against one another and against Vader himself as part of a semi-coordinated effort to bring about the Empire's brand of justice.  In the midst of this, he has assigned Inspector Thanoth to be Vader's adjutant. The story puts Vader in an increasingly tight spot so … Continue reading Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

The Death Star has been destroyed.  The Emperor holds Lord Vader personally responsible for the simple fact that he alone survived to be a target for his master's anger. While Vader falls from grace in the eyes of his Emperor, questions need answering and power needs securing.  Put into a position of subservience under Grand … Continue reading Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

The Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge, Michael Heisler

The very first thing I downloaded in the early days of the internet was an original rough draft of Star Wars. I heard it was out there, I got it, and I spent a lot of time trying to keep names straight while I sorted through a considerably less familiar version of the story. A … Continue reading The Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge, Michael Heisler