SW7N Review: Marvel’s Darth Vader #4

Darth VaderIssue four of Marvel’s comic book series Darth Vader is out now. Check out our review after the jump.



Excerpt from the review:


Vader is back on Geonosis. It is presumably his first time since the first battle that ignited the Clone Wars in Episode II, especially since we are made privy to some memories of that day going through his head. He is accompanied by his new acquaintance Doctor Aphra, as well as her two droids, and they are looking to do some digging.


Darth Vader #4


We have heard about Geonosis several times since Episode II, and thanks to James Luceno’s Tarkin novel, we know much of the planet and it’s inhabitants played a crucial role in the construction of the first Death Star. In all those shout outs we have yet to actually SEE what became of the planet after it fulfilled its usefulness to the Empire. The Emperor, out of anger for the Death Star’s flawed design or just to cover his tracks, has laid waste to the planet with some sort of biological weapon (that is never said, just my guess). The survivors have been supposedly driven to the underground caverns, so the two droids are sent into the darkness as Vader’s canaries, searching for a functioning droid factory.



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16 thoughts on “SW7N Review: Marvel’s Darth Vader #4

  • April 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    uh… in the clone wars anakin was on geonosis again… second battle of geonosis…
    During this battle we meet a queen looking like that wich was supposed dead, with an army of geonosian zombies. I guess she hasn’t died.
    come on, you forgot all of this….

    • April 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      See the actual Cantina message thread

      • April 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

        I’ve seen there. Its wrong to say anakin never been on geonosis since episode II….

        • April 9, 2015 at 7:29 pm

          Actually didn’t say Anakin…it said Vader. There’s a difference.

          • April 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

            As shown in the above article

            “Vader is back on Geonosis. It is presumably his first time since the first battle that ignited the Clone Wars in Episode II”

            Darth Vader didn’t even exist in Episode II. It should be pretty clear that they meant Anakin/Vader as the same person.

  • April 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Yes, but they say multiple queens existed, it didn’t have to be the exact same one.

    • April 9, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      I assume it from the wounds…
      where do they say it? I havent read the comics, and in TCW it seems as theres one universal queen…

  • April 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    The queen is more than likely Karina the Great…the same one from TCW. Aphra affirms in the comic that the queens are immortal which stands to reason that an immortal queen could live another 20 years at least. Hence the Empire’s necessary sterilization of the planet. Also, to say that the last time Vader visited Geonosis was in AOTC or in TCW are both more than likely incorrect. In the comic, the queen recognized Vader. “Why are you here? Has the empire not taken enough from us?” I doubt she watches a lot of holovids so Vader has probably graced the planet with his imperial presence since TCW to carry out destruction and punishment on the separatist planet. But it looks like in his absence, Dr. Malcolm’s theory came true…life found a way.

    • April 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      might be right

  • April 9, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Spot-on, @HardCase.

    Couple of thoughts after reading:

    If the Empire truly wanted to cleanse Geonosis, why leave the Brood Queen(s) alive? Was Palpatine’s pet, not force sensitive? Or is the Black-haired Wookiee just resistant to force powers? Aphra’s gonna die. I just can’t decide if I want Vader to be the one to do it….

    Loved the second to last page. Best issue to date, can’t wait for the next one.

  • April 10, 2015 at 11:21 am

    As we all know, in TCW they did several hommages to old movies, like Bodysnatchers, Godzilla and Aliens. So that’s why the Geonosian queen might be a little similar to another famous queen.
    Would be cool if they came up with new monsters that are that frightening some day, a monster that is a real threat instead of stupid droids.

  • April 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    the lightsabers in issue 5 are definitely vos and ventress’. They have slightly different colour, just as in the new pic that you see on starwars.com

  • April 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Ah what? Vader has a black r2-d2 and black C3P0?… ORIGINALITY STRIKES AGAIN!

    • April 10, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      It’s actually kinda funny the way they deal with the evil droids.

    • April 11, 2015 at 5:25 am

      That’s a R5 unit you twit.

  • April 15, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Worst issue yet. I was just waiting for a speech bubble saying “Game over man! Game over!” Should have been so much better, not just a cheap Aliens rip off.

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