SW7N Review: Marvel’s Darth Vader #7

Darth Vader #7Issue seven of Marvel’s comic book series Darth Vader is out now. Check out our review after the jump.



Excerpt from the review:


This week we begin a new Darth Vader arc. Make sure to keep that in mind or you may find yourself a bit confused.

The Dark Lord’s attention is now fixed on Luke Skywalker, as we saw at the end of issue #6. We find him and his new sidekick back on Tatooine at the remains of the Lars moisture farm. The pieces of what Obi-Wan Kenobi did to protect Luke for so many years are falling into place for Vader.


Darth Vader #7


This is a very interesting angle that Kieron Gillen is taking. Vader is using the echoes of the Force to put together what happened with Luke. At the Lars home Vader feels the pain Luke felt when he discovered the charred remains of his adopted family. Vader is also able to put together what happened when Luke encountered Boba Fett at Obi-Wan’s hut.



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54 thoughts on “SW7N Review: Marvel’s Darth Vader #7

  • July 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I can’t believe he has been there after tranformation

  • July 1, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    The more I hear about the Marvel series, The more I hate it. It specifically said that he never went back after he left save for that one time in Clone Wars. This is just stupid for continuity reasons because why wouldn’t he have done that in the 19 years between II and III if true. I had high hopes for the new EU but it looks like they are making all new mistakes now.

    • July 1, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      That is a silly complaint Grant. You’re essentially saying “This is bad because Vader did something I didn’t want him to.” Also between II & III he was fighting a war and his mother was dead. He had no reason to go back. If you meant the 19 years between III & IV then I ask you what reason could he have to go back. He had no ties to the Lars family and he despised the planet. That being said it would make sense that he would return to decipher what his old enemy Kenobi was up to and futher clues that could help him find his son. His son being his main concern at this point.

      • July 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

        So Anon, the argument “vader did something that I didn’t want him to do” is irrelevant?

        In that case, let me throw verbal mud into the faces of every Star Wars “fan” who whines and bitches whenever they didn’t like the way Hayden Christensen portrayed vader.

        • July 2, 2015 at 2:20 am

          We whine and bitch about Hayden Christenson because he’s a poor actor. He was tall, and did a decent job during the Tusken Raider scenes in Ep 2, but other than that he wasn’t a good fit for the role because he couldn’t act most of the time. He was miscast. If someone is going to be taking on a lead role in a film, they should know how to act and know the character they’re portraying.

          • July 2, 2015 at 4:23 am

            Sadly, we all have taken shots at various actors for their “inability to act” when it’s the director’s responsibility; that’s right, a director “directs” the actors. It’s not a free-for-all and any blame for the mechanical acting of any of the actors (Christensen, Lloyd, etc.) should be given to the director for misdirection or lack thereof. I don’t want to insult Lucas,but this is the truth of the matter. And no, I’m not a sycophant for either Lloyd nor Christensen.

          • July 2, 2015 at 8:08 am

            Hayden can act just fine. Lucas is just a horrible director.

          • July 3, 2015 at 4:42 am

            Agreed. I liked him in Jumper and Life as a House.

          • July 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

            the whole problem is the voice acting of christensen. His expressions dubbed by people who can voice act in other languages worked well.

    • July 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Where in ESB or RotJ did they state that Vader never went back?

  • July 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I’m not sure what Grant is talking about…

    “It specifically said that he never went back after he left save for that one time in Clone Wars.”

    Where is this said? Am I missing something?
    Was it in one of the movies or Clone Wars or something?

    • July 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Even if it is said in Clone Wars that predates this story, in universe, by around 20 years so it’s pretty irrelevant.

    • July 2, 2015 at 3:01 am

      The clone wars movie is when he went back

  • July 1, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Why the hell is Vader on Tatooine?!!

    • July 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Vader does what Vader wants.

      • July 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        all the love for this junk…. and yet nobody can accept the concept of midichlorians?

        • July 1, 2015 at 11:54 pm

          It’s not the concept, it’s the fact there was even any kind of pseudoscientific explanation for the force in any way shape or form added to this series.

          It was stupid and unnecessary. Served no important purpose to the plot that couldn’t have been achieved in a better way. I.e. Anakin starting out older and proving himself Jedi material through his actions and not a blood test.

          • July 3, 2015 at 4:52 am

            This is a two way ideal; the tangible & the ethereal. Midi-clorians are the physical representation of the Force, or the scientific proof, like what scientists need to believe in ghosts (whether real or not). That’s the other side of the coin to the spirituality of it as we were shown in The Empire Strikes Back via Yoda’s explanations.

        • July 2, 2015 at 12:23 am

          I never said anything against them. I personally don’t have an issue with them as it’s just another layer to the force. Besides, it’s a FANTASY story anyway, so who gives a flop?

          • July 2, 2015 at 4:51 am

            And your point? Midichlorians okay? Vader going back to Tatooine not okay?

            Glad you’re not writing any of this.

  • July 2, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Slightly poor artwork there vader doesn’t look right

    • July 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Don’t give them a reason to start tracing over screenshots like the Star Trek comics. They do that with too many comicbooks these days.

  • July 2, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Ugh. All this hatred for the prequels gets so old. Are they perfect movies? No. But there’s a lot of good stuff in them. Midichlorians isn’t that farfetched. We’re talking about an established order thousands of years old. Makes sense they’d take they desire to understand the force in a scientific direction. The force is more mystical in the originals because jedi culture is gone save two individuals, both of whom live off the radar in out of the way planets. And Quigon senses the force in Anakin first and checks using science to confirm second.

    • July 2, 2015 at 9:37 am

      An old established order in the future wouldn’t approve of cloning humans for warfare. Aside from that people living in such an advanced age wouldn’t make half of the stupid choices/mistakes the characters in the prequels make.

      • July 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        uhm… that’s an issue that came up when in episode IV Obi wan mentioned the clone wars then. clones were supposed to be involved anyways because of that sentence.

      • July 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        That was kind of the point of the prequels. Things like the jedi order and the Republic were idealized in the OT and the PT showed how these things could be taken down. Not from an external threat but from the inside out. The Jedi were caught up in events they could not see through clearly. That’s how most human history plays out. You’re so close to something you can’t see it for what it is. You’re just swimming with the tide. The Jedi were so blind to what was really going on they were actually serving the dark side. The Jedi did not initiate cloning. They used them to rescue their people on Geonsis. From that point on the snowball had momentum.

  • July 2, 2015 at 5:33 am

    This has nothing to do with the comics, but has anyone else played “Star Wars commander” on their phones? The game has this ‘trap’ that activates and brings down a drop ship ladened with stormtroopers, I have a feeling those dropships might be the same that we saw Finn in in the trailer perhaps?

    • July 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      too far time periods

      • July 3, 2015 at 1:30 am

        True, though I still wonder if it’s a little Easter egg of sorts for those who put two and two together,

  • July 2, 2015 at 6:08 am

    If Vader was interested in finding Luke on Tatooine, why didn’t Vader sense him from the battle above it in beginning of ANH? This is just a bad story getting worse. SW is synonymous with Tatooine and many characters being related to each other, but these new stories are ridiculous.

    • July 2, 2015 at 8:37 am

      he wasn’t looking for luke in ANH. in the comics vader faces luke and gets an odd feeling of familiarity, he remembers seeing luke the day vader killed obiwan, and he remembers the pilot that destroyed the death star. and so, a suspisous vader hires boba fett to find out who luke is. bobba fet tells vader that lukes name is skywalker and vader heads to tatooine and figures out for sure that luke is his son. is that ridiculous? no that actually makes alot of sense and explains vader’s certainty in ESB.

    • July 2, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Vader wasn’t even aware that Obi-wan was on Tatooine at that time, let alone his own living offspring. His only interest was chasing down and retrieving the stolen DS plans. As far as “sensing” either of them is concerned, he didn’t even sense Obi-wan’s presence until the MF (pun maybe intended) was pulled into the DS hangar station, and even then he had to see him to believe it (even though we all know that he was pretty confident about it prior to their final duel when he tells Tarkin of it.)

      I seriously doubt that Vader was really interested in stepping foot down on Tattooine prior to the events of ANH for all of the obvious emotional reasons. Let us pray that this notion is NEVER retconned.

      • July 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

        TATOOINE! TATOOINE! TATOOINE!!!! Stop mis-spelling tatooine. It’s been written everywhere for 38 years now. you have no excuses. sorry for attacking you, you’re the fifth person I see mis-spelling Tatooine in a couple of days.

        • July 3, 2015 at 8:22 am

          Oh thats just rich. An obvious Star Wars spelling bee champion throwing a nerd-fit over the spelling of a place that EVERYBODY is familiar enough with to know not to get confused about smh.

          Do you feel better now chump? I hope so… I REALLY hope so coz you just needlessly made a complete jackass of yourself over- NOTHING.

          (Besides…the poster spelled it correctly in the beginning of the post anyway so it’s not exactly as if he/her doesn’t know how it’s spelled.) Get the fuck over yourself punk.

    • July 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      That’s just one more mysterious thing about the force. Why didn’t he sense Obi-Wan when he was above Tatooine at the beginning of ANH? Why did he sense Obi-Wan, but not Luke onboard the Death Star? Why didn’t he sense Leia’s force presence when she stood right in front of him in both ANH and TESB (well, she wasn’t supposed to be force-sensitive at that time, but since we have ROTJ, you know)? Why didn’t the Jedi council sense Palpatines force presence?
      As you see, in the movies itself there are countless occasions where someone doesn’t sense the force presence of a force user even if he is not far away from him. So the Marvel comics are consistent with the six films.

  • July 2, 2015 at 9:11 am


  • July 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Te komiksy są rewelacyjne, w końcu mi sie podobają komiksy star wars!!!

    • July 3, 2015 at 4:55 am

      Yeah! What he said!!

  • July 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

    My problem with any other new EU crap being put out there: if I was a kid watching and reading all this junk then EP IV ANH, if watched thereafter, meant nothing. There was no truth to Gran Moff Tarkins threats on Death Star I of, “We will crush the rebellion once and for-all!” Meaning with all those rebel tangos of the past we are to believe that as the Death Star heads to Tantive IV!? Those kids will then not chew nails during Death Star run and think, “we saw all this before, yawn, hurry up rebels and get to the next plot point!” AND THEN, AS I HAVE NOT READ THE OTHER ISSUES: We know from opening credits of EP V ESB that Darth Vader was searching planets for the rebellion but he still did not completely understand the X-Wing pilot who destroyed the Death Star until he could not find him with Leia, Han, Chewbacca and droids in Bespin trap! I mean on Hoth I would suspect him to be among the X-Wing fighters who have abilities to fly off to planets, thereafter contradicting Darth Vader focusing specifically on Luke!? No Darth has to go after the non-Jedi in Hoth’s bunkers!? A Jedi there in hiding away from brave men dying outside!?

    • July 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      what the hell is wrong with you? This thinking simply makes no sense. I am sure that knowing luke’s name he got to know that his son was the guy that blew on the death star.

      • July 3, 2015 at 4:59 am

        In the title crawl, it states clearly “obsessed with finding young Skywalker”, so Vader knew exactly who the hell he was looking for.

    • July 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      What are you even talking about, your comment makes no sense.
      Opening crawl TESB, it states that Vader specifically searches for Luke Skywalker. Never seen that?

  • July 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

    And no one wants to pick at the point that Obi-Wan calls his old apprentice “Darth”? Not even the familiar ‘Vader’ that everyone else calls him?

    • July 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

      I always thought he was mocking him.

  • July 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    The archaeologist character is bantha poodoo.

  • July 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Why does IG-88 talk like HK-47?

  • July 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Why are people hating on this so much?
    I’m not the only one who likes these comics, or am I? I’ve read the first three of ‘Vader’, at least, and I’m planning to do the rest over the next few days.

    • July 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Maybe most here are sad that the never-canon EU which they errounously believed was canon is not continued. They search for every little detail to bash about the new canon.

  • July 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Cool. So when does Star Wars #7 come out. The fight with Luke and fett was awesome

  • July 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I haven’t really been keeping up on the comics but from what I’ve seen there seems to quite a bit of action that’s a little TOO close to what the movies cover.
    Luke fighting Vader pre-TESB is ok,
    Vader investigating Lars’ farm is ok,
    Han having a wife is ok,
    individually, these things are within reason to where they’re not messing up SW that bad,

    But ALL TOGETHER, it’s too much IMO.
    It would have been wiser for them to have maybe held back HALF of the movie pseudo-retconning, because these little things are adding up fast and the continuity restraint seems to be a tad out of control.

    That said, this scene where Vader inspects the ruined house is 100% legit IMO, the thought never crossed my mind that this Vader would step foot there, but thinking about it, this makes perfect sense and ought to be an awesome scene.
    It sounds like the kind of scene that really could have been the beginning of TESB [except it wasn’t, because, you know, spoilers].

    Overall they need to exhibit a little more restraint on the movie-references, but in this case, it’s spot on. I wanna see how this scene plays out.

  • July 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Loved that Vader thought Kenobi was a failure for not training Luke…
    a Sith Lord wouldn’t waste 20 years. Perfect.

    And how long before Aphra gets a lightsaber through the back? December at the latest.

    • July 3, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      That’s a big fat no, Anon. Aphra isn’t getting whacked for stealing the “contraband”. She’s recruiting the bounty hunters to hijack the shipment FOR Vader. Odd that smugglers aren’t being considered there, but we have to remember, Vader said he had a delicate mission for her…. more than meets the eye for sure.

      And yes. It is dumb that Vader goes to Tatooine now… and not when the troopers informed the bridge that new owners of the droids had been found. Having been to that exact location before and all, makes these comic developments on “Tat-too-eeeeeen” ;o) feel extra weird.

  • July 5, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Anyone else getting the feeling that he’s going to kill off Aphra at the end of this arc to tie up some loose ends?

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