Monday, September 5, 2016


STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 2: SHADOWS AND SECRETS (Marvel, First Printing, 2016; Softcover)

Collects Darth Vader #7-12 (cover dates September, 2015- January, 2016)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvadar Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado

This is a very well done series. Everything is slick and top notch, from the writing to the artwork to the coloring. Aphra has come into her own as a fully formed character. In the first arc she felt stiff and wooden, little more than a plot device. Here she develops a personality and a purpose.

There are a ton of cool things going on here. Lots of bounty hunter action, with plenty of Bossks and IG-88s to spice things up. Triple-Zero (or 000), the sadistic protocol droid, continues to amuse me.

The Emperor obviously suspects Vader's betrayal, and assigns Inspector Thanoth to assist Lord Vader in finding the stolen Son Tuul Pride treasures. Vader engineered the heist to fund his search for Skywalker. It becomes a game of cat and mouse, with Thanoth implying Vader's guilt while trying to convey a sense of cooperation in working with him to root out the enemies of the Empire.

There is still no resolution to the first arc, as we have a sprawling 12 issues and counting storyline. I am okay with that, as this series works. I checked this book out at my local library but it is worth paying for.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The OCD zone- I find library copies to be fascinating studies of durability in the workmanship and materials of these collected editions.
Paper stock: Coated stock with a slight sheen.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Laminated cardstock cover.

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