Monday, February 16, 2015

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

It is a time of great turmoil for The Galactic Empire. Attacking from a remote moon of the Yavin system, rebel scum have destroyed The Death Star. Darth Vader somehow survived the disaster but will he survive the wrath of his master, The Emperor Palpatine, when there is no one else left alive to take the blame?

The dialogue in this book is awkward to put it mildly.  There are a number of odd word choices throughout, with the Death Star being described in the opening scrawl as "The Empire's ultimate peacekeeping force" rather than "ultimate weapon" and Vader describing a Rebel attack by saying "They had... a certain success." rather than "They were successful." among others.  My colleague Roy Buckingham of  the Cult Film Fanatics podcast said it best - this entire comic reads like it was written by Tommy Wiseau of The Room.

At least the book looks good.  Artist Salvador Larroca does a fine job capturing the appearances of the characters from the movies and in depicting the backgrounds of the various worlds well.  And color artist Edgar Delgado manages some truly impressive lighting effects with the coloration.

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