Out sick on a Wednesday…giving me a chance to pick up a release day comic or two. I picked up Darth Vader #1 instead of that Harley Quinn kissing Batman thing…
I skipped on Star Wars issue #1. Don’t get me wrong, I have never been a fan of Star Wars comics. A huge movie fan. I read some EU novels, usually really enjoying them. But all the comics I have read have been lacking. Of course, the news about Disney owning Lucasfilm and rebooting the EU interested me, but didn’t disgust me as it did many other fans because I haven’t been that involved. But I can say that I have been turned off by some of the product offerings so far… Especially the new toys. (The new toys are reminiscent of “green army men”, but cost a ton.) And I haven’t been immersed in the clone wars cartoon, nor the new cartoon, but many of the represented characters haven’t appealed to me much. Probably Anakin’s apprentice most of all being what turned me off of that. (Ashoka Tano was far too “pre-teen brat” in the Clone Wars movie that kicked the whole thing off.)
But the cover of Darth Vader #1 looked cool, and the alternate cover looked cool as well, but not so much cooler that I bought it instead.
This story takes place right after the Death Star was destroyed at the end of “A New Hope.” It is about Darth Vader’s penance to the Emperor. Because it IS a new story today, I don’t know how much I should spoil. But it isn’t a resolved plot or anything.
The first thing I took away was Jabba the Hutt apparently considers himself EQUAL to Vader. I am saying “Vader just got downgraded.” I don’t like it. He is supposed to be THE VILLAIN. There is an opening scrawl on the back of the front cover, and it is interesting because it takes the Sith’s viewpoint in explaining things. I should think this would give us a Vader that is at least as strong as we saw him in the movies. But Jabba regards Vader as his chump. As does the Emperor. And he just took a defeat at the hand of Luke Skywalker.
This issue dwells on the situation.
But what annoyed me the most was that the story is told OUT OF ORDER. Apparently for no reason at all.
Out of order storytelling is becoming so CLICHE in comics. I’m about sick of it, to be honest with everyone out there in Hub City Geek land. Batman Eternal has been the CHIEF OFFENDER. But all of those titles are doing it more and more. And here Marvel’s first issue of Darth Vader tells us the present story, then two days ago, and then one day ago, and then NOW AGAIN. Why not just start the story at two days ago?
The art in this book was really good. The characters looked like their movie counterparts. Vader’s mask had the old school, more asymmetrical look to it. Jabba was a fat slob, the brief picture of the rebels looked good. There was an annoying scene where we saw ALL of Jabba’s entourage, as we see them in “Return of the Jedi.” And Bobba Fett was there. I always had the impression that Bobba Fett was a well traveled man. That he didn’t spend all of his time hanging out on Tattoine with the low-lifes.
So apparently Vader is on assignment from the Emperor, as a punishment. And there is a new agent who we have no details about. Everyone knows that there is jealousy from Vader. He suspects, of course, that there is another apprentice being brought up to replace him. And the gears for future story are set.
I am highly skeptical. Did reading Darth Vader #1 catch my interest enough to want to purchase more books in the series? I’m not sure. I told the sales-lady at the Tangled Web not to hold these books for me monthly, that I would try it out first. Maybe I will get to the end of this story arc. But if issue #2 doesn’t wow me, it will be another Star Wars title that I ignore.
The art gets a 5. The book gets a 2. My average rating must be 3/5.