Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Imperial Machine

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Imperial Machine

Picking up where Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Darth Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and begins his ruthless rise! Anakin Skywalker is now more machine than man. Having lost everything once dear to him, he must forge a new future--as a Dark Lord of the Sith! Join Darth Vader as he learns the way of Darth Sidious and his newly for...

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Title:Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Imperial Machine
Author:Charles Soule
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Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Imperial Machine Reviews

  • Will M.

    I've been a huge fan of Star Wars ever since I was a child but it's weird that this is the very first Star Wars graphic novel I've read. I'm glad though, because it's amazing and I want to read more.

    Darth Vader will always be one of, if not the most, iconic figure of Star Wars. This new graphic novel series aims to give us a background of Vader's past. It starts off where Episode III ends. This first volume generally shows how Vader got his lightsaber. It also gives a bit of information on how h

    I've been a huge fan of Star Wars ever since I was a child but it's weird that this is the very first Star Wars graphic novel I've read. I'm glad though, because it's amazing and I want to read more.

    Darth Vader will always be one of, if not the most, iconic figure of Star Wars. This new graphic novel series aims to give us a background of Vader's past. It starts off where Episode III ends. This first volume generally shows how Vader got his lightsaber. It also gives a bit of information on how he joined the dark side (although this is common knowledge already). This graphic novel is a lot of fun and I can't wait to read more of it. To be honest, Darth Vader is not even my favorite villain of the Star Wars franchise. Darth Maul is my favorite but we don't get to read/watch/hear much about him, unlike Vader. Vader comes in second though, it's great how we see his early dark side days here in this series. I can't wait to read more.

    5/5. What a great first graphic novel read of 2018! The artwork is one of my favorites out there coupled with a terrific plot. You can't go wrong with this new series!

  • Donovan

    This is how I wish Kieron Gillen’s series would have started. Not just rehash and nostalgia, but introspection and aggrandizement.

    Anakin Skywalker finishes his dark journey to become Sith Lord Darth Vader. And it’s amazing. Vader embraces the pain and suffering to test, increase, and improve his power. And the Star Wars mythos expands with the history of the Sith light saber being explained, as Vader journeys to the Outer Rim to procure a light saber from the very last Jedi.

    Epic, beautiful in

    This is how I wish Kieron Gillen’s series would have started. Not just rehash and nostalgia, but introspection and aggrandizement.

    Anakin Skywalker finishes his dark journey to become Sith Lord Darth Vader. And it’s amazing. Vader embraces the pain and suffering to test, increase, and improve his power. And the Star Wars mythos expands with the history of the Sith light saber being explained, as Vader journeys to the Outer Rim to procure a light saber from the very last Jedi.

    Epic, beautiful in his tragedy and resolve, Imperial Machine is the beginning of something great.

  • Ben Brown

    When news first broke that we would be getting another Darth Vader series to follow up Kieron Gillen’s amazing run with the character, I was nervous. Gillen’s series did SO MUCH to flesh out Vader as a character, and I was skeptical about the prospect of ANOTHER series centered solely around him – I mean really, what more could there be to say about Vader that warranted a whole other series, especially so soon after the wrap up of his first series? Even with the the news that the series wouldn’t

    When news first broke that we would be getting another Darth Vader series to follow up Kieron Gillen’s amazing run with the character, I was nervous. Gillen’s series did SO MUCH to flesh out Vader as a character, and I was skeptical about the prospect of ANOTHER series centered solely around him – I mean really, what more could there be to say about Vader that warranted a whole other series, especially so soon after the wrap up of his first series? Even with the the news that the series wouldn’t be set between A New Hope and The Empires Strikes Back, like Gillen’s series was, but instead immediately post-Revenge of the Sith-when Vader is still new to his role as the Galactic Empire’s chief enforcer and as Palpatine’s apprentice-I was still skeptical and couldn’t help but wish that Marvel would just leave well enough alone.

    Well, color me surprised-I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Because Charles Soule’s new “Darth Vader” series, though maybe not as deep or as heady as Gillen’s, is a TON of fun. In fact, I think there’s an argument to be made, based on just these first six issues, that Soule might actually be writing the more purely enjoyable of the two series. Watching Vader wrestling with the monster he’s become is thrilling in a way that I didn’t expect: we’re so used to seeing the Dark Lord of the Sith as the walking embodiment of the cool, collected and beyond powerful villain. Seeing him at this stage of his “career,” weakened and still raw over the loss of all that he’s lost, is intriguing, to say the least.

    It also doesn’t hurt that artist Giuseppe Camuncoli is KILLING it. I’ve never seen any of Camuncoli’s work before, but his colorful, ever-so-slightly-exaggerated-style is perfectly suited to Soule’s highly emotional story. Whether it’s Vader lashing out at the Emperor immediately post-“NOOOO!” moment in “Revenge of the Sith,”, or Vader fighting a Jedi Master atop a collapsing dam, or Vader attempting to corrupt – or, as it’s referred to in-story, “bleed” – a lightsaber’s crystal, Camuncoli continually strikes the perfect balance of “cartoony” meets “grounded,” especially when in regards to how he depicts the impact all of this is having on Vader himself. He’s a great fit for a great story, one that I can’t wait to see the next chapter of.

  • Robert

    A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Where Every Iconic Prop Has An Origin Story...

    Jokes aside I really enjoyed "Imperial Machine", it showed the shaky early days of the Empire and Vader's mopping up work for his demanding Master, and, yes, how he acquired a red lightsaber after Obi-Wan famously grabbed his old blue one after their duel in order to be able to give it to Luke 20 odd years later. Yay, continuity!

    (Sidenote: After learning his father's true identity and deeds, I reckon old LS would have bee

    A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Where Every Iconic Prop Has An Origin Story...

    Jokes aside I really enjoyed "Imperial Machine", it showed the shaky early days of the Empire and Vader's mopping up work for his demanding Master, and, yes, how he acquired a red lightsaber after Obi-Wan famously grabbed his old blue one after their duel in order to be able to give it to Luke 20 odd years later. Yay, continuity!

    (Sidenote: After learning his father's true identity and deeds, I reckon old LS would have been glad to be rid of that weapon that killed all those younglings, even if it cost him a hand to do so!)

    I'm particularly happy to see the Inquisitors introduced, they were a solid feature of the first seasons of TV's

    and I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to learn more about them.

  • Artemy

    Finally, a Marvel Star Wars comic set in a much more interesting time period between the prequels and the original trilogy, instead of that beaten to death space between episodes IV and V. And it’s a surprisingly good comic, too! Starting immediately after the end of episode III, it shows Vader going on a quest to get himself a brand new Sith-red lightsaber. We find out where the red ‘sabers come from and how they’re made as we follow Vader on an action-packed trip to kill a certain Jedi master.

    Finally, a Marvel Star Wars comic set in a much more interesting time period between the prequels and the original trilogy, instead of that beaten to death space between episodes IV and V. And it’s a surprisingly good comic, too! Starting immediately after the end of episode III, it shows Vader going on a quest to get himself a brand new Sith-red lightsaber. We find out where the red ‘sabers come from and how they’re made as we follow Vader on an action-packed trip to kill a certain Jedi master. It’s not a very deep story, but I had a lot of fun with it, and the artwork was quite nice. Recommended to all Vader fans! This is immediately better than the underwhelming Kieron Gillen series.

  • Alejandro

    Writer: Charles Soule

    Illustrator: Giuseppe Camuncoli

    This is a good run, but I felt quite better the previous run by Gillen & Larroca, set between Episodes IV & V.

    Now, Darth Vader is right after Episode III, inside of a stran

    Writer: Charles Soule

    Illustrator: Giuseppe Camuncoli

    This is a good run, but I felt quite better the previous run by Gillen & Larroca, set between Episodes IV & V.

    Now, Darth Vader is right after Episode III, inside of a strange armor and without lightsaber.

    Therefore, you’ll witness the path of the new Dark Lord of the Sith, testing and making adjustment to his armor, along with the challenge of finding a new lightsaber, that in the Sith Way it shouldn’t be given but…

    from a beaten enemy, and then the Kyber Crystal should be corrupted with feelings of anger and pain until making it…

    , and got its crimson tone.

    Of course, the Order 66 is giving some trouble to the young Sith since there aren’t many live Jedi left…

    …and while it’s not said clearly, I think that Vader doesn’t want to get a lightsaber from a Jedi that went into hiding after the Order 66, since what worthy can be to beat a coward Jedi that it’s saving his/her butt in a hole? But, thankfully there is an old Jedi custom that when an active Jedi finds troublesome to be part of the Jedi order, they can opt to go into seclusion and they can’t interfere anymore in any matter of the Jedi Order…

    …and if the Jedi went into seclusion before the Order 66, it’s another matter, it was a choice, and also it’s recorded on the Jedi Archives, the whereabouts of the secluded Jedi.

    And what better if the chosen Jedi wasn’t a puny diplomat but a true fighter?!

    However, Emperor Palpatine doesn’t trust blindly in the abilities of his new apprentice, especially since he isn’t the same man than before, barely a man actually, and Palpatine knows that any single Jedi out there still alive is a dangerous threat to his new Empire, so…

    …the

    come in scene! Loyal enforcers of the Dark Lord of the Sith!

  • Calista

    Have you ever wonder how a Sith's Lightsaber ends up being red. Well, they make it bleed. This is after Revenge of the Sith ends and Darth Vader goes on a quest for his new lightsaber. Now, I want to know how all the colors come about. Green and Blue seem to be the most popular for Jedi. I know there are Grey Jedi also and what color are their blades?

    I think it's a fascinating story. I am a Star Wars geek I suppose. This book continues the sad story of Vader. The man is so lost and in so much p

    Have you ever wonder how a Sith's Lightsaber ends up being red. Well, they make it bleed. This is after Revenge of the Sith ends and Darth Vader goes on a quest for his new lightsaber. Now, I want to know how all the colors come about. Green and Blue seem to be the most popular for Jedi. I know there are Grey Jedi also and what color are their blades?

    I think it's a fascinating story. I am a Star Wars geek I suppose. This book continues the sad story of Vader. The man is so lost and in so much pain. I think it's a good story and continues the line well. I'm sure many people are over exposed to Star Wars, but I wish they would make a live action version of these stories and really make it EPIC. Go all out.

    Anyway, this is a great run and I am a little hooked on these. The art is great and the writing is good. I'm pleased so far.

  • Bookwraiths

    I’m always in for a story about the aftermath of the Clone Wars and the first days of Darth Vader. Sure, this plot about how Vader gets his red lightsaber is a bit flimsy as the main arc, but the art is excellent, the overall story is interesting, and the character development of Vader is great. Looks like I’ve found some good, old fashioned Sith entertainment finally.

  • Sam Quixote

    How did Darth Vader get his red lightsaber? Better question: who fucking cares?! That said, while this may be the flimsy plot of Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s first volume in the rebooted Vader series, Imperial Machine surprisingly wasn’t that bad.

    I liked that Soule didn’t write any internal monologue for Vader so he remains aloof from the reader, as mysterious, cold and menacing as he is in the movies. In fact, there’s a good balance throughout between writer and artist with Soule know

    How did Darth Vader get his red lightsaber? Better question: who fucking cares?! That said, while this may be the flimsy plot of Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s first volume in the rebooted Vader series, Imperial Machine surprisingly wasn’t that bad.

    I liked that Soule didn’t write any internal monologue for Vader so he remains aloof from the reader, as mysterious, cold and menacing as he is in the movies. In fact, there’s a good balance throughout between writer and artist with Soule knowing when to step back and let Camuncoli tell the story with his impressive, sweeping cinematic visuals.

    And I also liked that Vader is not the invincible force of nature that we’ve seen in other books like Vader Down. Imperial Machine takes place directly after Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, so Anakin has only just been reborn as Vader (the widely-mocked “NOOOO!” scene opens this book - a bold move). We see him still dealing with the immense physical, mental and emotional trauma he endured in that movie, as well as getting to grips with his unfamiliar new robot body. There are also the remnants of the struggle within him between the Light and the Dark Side of the Force. Vader remains formidable but it was interesting and refreshing to see his moments of vulnerability here.

    Despite his minor setbacks, it’s still a predictable story with Vader smashing through the contrived obstacles Soule throws in his path like the new rogue Jedi, Master Infil’A, who’s as flat and unmemorable as any of the new characters Soule’s created during his Marvel tenure for the Inhumans, Daredevil et al. Most of all, I couldn’t shake the impression that I was reading a mountain of a molehill with the big “climax” taking place on Mustafar as Vader created his lightsaber and leaving me thinking “… meh.”

    It’s no must-read or especially memorable but Darth Vader, Volume 1: Imperial Machine is entertaining enough in a shallow, mindless way.

  • Gianfranco Mancini

    Not bad at all and artworks were really good, but I enjoyed much more Gillen's Vader run.

    My most favourite issue was the final humoristic one closing the volume... with the small droid cleaning floor of late imperial officers choked to death by the Sith Lord.

    It was hilarious XD

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