Darth Vader #9
Everyone knows the theme to the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader! Well I completely lost my mind after writing the review for issue #8. Because I forgot it was Vader secretly running the mission to steal all those Imperial Creds! So now Vader has everything he needs to run his own agenda under the Emperor’s nose! Here’s my spoiler free review of Darth Vader #9!
So as we begin this issue, Vader has another adjutant. This time its Imperial Inspector Thanoth! This guy is a helluva lot better than the last one. He’s almost on Vader’s level of awesomeness. I LOVE the cover to this issue… its sooo Star Warsy! I know that sounds like it’s all kinds of wrong. But seriously Vader and the Super Star Destroyers!!! So awesome. I’ll say though while I love Larroca and Delgado doing the covers… I miss Adi Granov’s Darth Vader covers! Let us see just what Gillen and the artists have in store for us with Darth Vader #9!
Gillen is killin it again and again. With the introduction of this new inspector character…. WOW Vader better watch this guy, because he might pull one over on him. You might be reading that line and saying… Cmon TFG1Mike… it’s Vader! No one can pull one over on him, unless he allows it. Well I’m not so sure… Thanoth seems like he will be a huge thorn in Vader’s side. Unless the Dark Lord can manipulate all the situations that they are in. So far after reading this issue, I really like Thanoth, and I’m very interested to see how he’ll play into Vader’s plans. As we progress through the story… we see a huge battle scene with the twins that we were introduced to a few issues ago. After that there’s an interrogation of a crime boss. When I was reading issue 8 and then this one… I thought at first Keiron Gillen was trading off story elements. By this I mean that issue 8 had more story less action, and then this issue would be vice versa. I don’t think that’s the vase, but I had thought it might be. Because there are sometimes when action scenes are all you need more so than words.
Larroca and Delgado are MOST IMPRESSIVE in this issue. The first few panels as I was reading it through Comixology’s Guided View technology… They were all dark, with shadows popping up everywhere. Focusing more on the character expressions and demeanor, rather than the backgrounds. The designs of Vader and Thanoth in the images I’ve attached here are great. Thanoth reminds me of a Dr. Watson type of character. Yet Thanoth is more deadly, and could give Watson a run for his money.
As I mentioned earlier… the set up and conversational pieces in the beginning between Thanoth and Vader are dark in tone. With a few glimpses of light. I do think this was set up on purpose to get the BRIGHT BLUE and impeccable colors of when the Ark Angel requests to land at the station. I was so surprised when that splash panel came up, because it was such a bright contrast to the darkness in the conversational art that Vader and Thanoth were in. It surprised me in a good way. Really love the art!!!
Overall issue #9 of Darth Vader was extremely well written and drawn. I mean this creative team really is firing on all cylinders. Vader’s missions seem to be leading somewhere, and I can’t wait to see where they take us! Looking forward to issue #10 and seeing where the story goes! You can get Darth Vader #9 from Comixology digitally or any of your local comic shops!