It is a period of unrest in the galaxy. The Sith Lord Darth Vader has learned that it was Luke Skywalker who was responsible for blowing up the Death Star. Through the underworld sources of his secret ally, Dr. Aphra, Vader has received word of Luke’s location – the former Jedi temple on the planet Vrogas Vas.

However, it appears that the planet is also home to a rebel base. After taking out two full squadrons of X-wings on his own, Vader finds himself facing one last rebel pilot – his son. Luke, unaware that Vader is his father, crashes his X-wing into Vader’s TIE-fighter, leaving them both alive but stranded amongst the ruins.

The rebels, seeing this as their only chance to take down Darth Vader once and for all, have him surrounded…

The Review

Vader 13’s cover could not have been better. I know I often say this, but this cover is truly spectacular, evoking all the feelings of Star Wars; Vader’s huge imposing image dwarfing the fleet of ships sent to destroy him. It shows that Vader, truly is larger than life.

The story itself feels like a true Star Wars movie, as it has a three-pronged plot. We have Vader’s story, Han and Leia and Aphra in the beginning and they all have one common goal. Survival. Han and Leia are arguing, and there is a lot of good chemistry between them. Aphra is getting the visuals on the rebels, and it is fun to see her first impression of Han Solo. She can hardly peg him as a hero of the rebellion, more like the guy who skips the tab at a bar, or so she says.

BT and 000 are parallel dark reflections of R2-D2 and C-3PO, and I don’t know if I mentioned this before; but I don’t like it. It feels too much like a parallel and is almost as bad as Boba Fett having a Wookiee partner, to mirror Han Solo.

We get to see a snowspeeeder (well it’s not moving through snow) in this issue and that truly makes me nostalgic for Empire Strikes Back.

Even though I’m not a fan of the droids, 000’s dialogue is pretty funny. He suggests to Aphra to just kill Luke Skywalker, and bring Vader a few blond-haired humans to make up for the loss. To him, humans are interchangeable and it’s hilarious.

The comic covered a lot of ground, and I’m surprised at how much we got to see. The cliffhanger from the last issue is sadly rendered anti-climactic as the huge fight between rebels and Vader that was teased was hardly expanded upon. Vader mainly used stealth to take the rebels out. At the end, I can’t help but feel that Luke is a little dim. 000 disguised as C-3PO pops out of nowhere and Luke just accepts it without any surprise or suspicion. He almost deserves to get captured for that. Anyways, aside from that, this was a pretty good issue and I give it 4 out of 5 Death Stars.

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Max Nocerino
Max writes reviews on both canon and non-canon comic books and also reviews the short stories in Star Wars Insider. He has interviewed such authors such as Kevin Hearne and Jason Fry.