The GeeksverseStar Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1
Published on Saturday, January 29, 2011 by

Written by: Haden Blackman
Penciled by: Rick Leonardi
Inked by: Daniel Green
Colored by: Wes Dzioba
Lettered by: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: A- Tsuneo Sanda; B- Douglas Wheatley
Associate Editor: Freddye Lins
Editor: Randy Stradley

I haven’t read too many of the Star Wars comics but this one caught my eye.

I liked the opening sequance, a look inside the mind of Vader and what life is like for him. Blackman does a great job of showing Vader’s place in the hierarchy of the Empire, that he’s the servant of the Emperor and below Tarkin.

In a way you feel for Vader and what has happened to him. We see both sides, the mental/emotional and the physical. We see what a monstrosity he has become and what is required for him to still function, the routine maintenance.

With a few words Blackman captures what life is like for Vader now. Blackman does a good job at showing that this is not the same cruel Vader that has been fully corrupted. That he uses his Force powers to blind the snipers instead of just killing them shows that this Vader is relatively young. His heart isn’t fully black yet.

Vader’s mission in this book is a simple one, go and find Tarkin’s missing son. He’s forced to take a “shadow” along, which galls him, especially when that shadow does good and helps save Vader. This isn’t the Vader from the start of New Hope, this is a Vader still a little unsure of himself and his role, of his new abilities, his new power and still at odds with himself.

That he clings to memories of Padme and uses them as a mantra to keep himself sane tells us alot about Vader at this point in his life.

Rick Leonardi has always been a hit or miss artist for me. His work is always consistent with the storytelling. He lays out a good story. He can always be counted on in that regard. For me it’s his linework, his characters. They can range across the spectrum of his style, from the more cartoony/stylized to the more realistic. They always have his unique feel and look, but the actual linework can vary. Luckily this is a hit.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1 receives
4 out of 5

A good series and look at Vader when he was still relatively new at the whole Dark Lord of the Sith thing.

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