Imperial Machine

Imperial Machine

From acclaimed writer Charles Soule comes a brand-new, exhilarating series exploring Darth Vader's early history. Picking up directly where Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and witness Vader's rise to power as a Dark Lord of the Sith! COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER 1-6...

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Title:Imperial Machine
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Imperial Machine Reviews

  • Jordan Anderson

    Say what you will about some of

    ’s plot holes and idiotic moments, but one thing you can’t argue is just how iconic the series’ villains are. And nowhere is that more true than with Darth Vader.

    It’s also never been more true that he’s never been more of a total monster and an unstoppable force than in

    .

    I thought Gillen’s original

    series was awesome, but, damn, Charles Soule is killing it right now. Between this and the last 2 Poe Dameron collections, the guy is a

    Say what you will about some of

    ’s plot holes and idiotic moments, but one thing you can’t argue is just how iconic the series’ villains are. And nowhere is that more true than with Darth Vader.

    It’s also never been more true that he’s never been more of a total monster and an unstoppable force than in

    .

    I thought Gillen’s original

    series was awesome, but, damn, Charles Soule is killing it right now. Between this and the last 2 Poe Dameron collections, the guy is a force to be reckoned with.

  • FanboyBen

    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.

  • Logan Aube

    It's fine. Story isn't as interesting as the previous Darth Vader series, probably due to the lack of a supporting cast or any real plot.

    Emperor: Lord Vader, go do a thing.

    *Vader does the thing *

    Emperor: Very good. Now go do another thing.

    *Vader does the next thing*

    And so on. No drama, really. No intrigue. Just Vader killing and destroying and overcoming obstacles.

    That said, the art is solid. The action scenes are fun. It isn't boring.

    I've already started pulling the next arc, so I'll stick with

    It's fine. Story isn't as interesting as the previous Darth Vader series, probably due to the lack of a supporting cast or any real plot.

    Emperor: Lord Vader, go do a thing.

    *Vader does the thing *

    Emperor: Very good. Now go do another thing.

    *Vader does the next thing*

    And so on. No drama, really. No intrigue. Just Vader killing and destroying and overcoming obstacles.

    That said, the art is solid. The action scenes are fun. It isn't boring.

    I've already started pulling the next arc, so I'll stick with the series for now, but I may drop it if the story fails to intrigue.

  • victoria.p

    Picks up right after RotS with Palpatine being his usual terrible self and Vader choosing not to turn back from his terrible choices despite being shown it’s possible.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    How do you follow Kieron Gillen's amazing Darth Vader series? By going back to the beginning of the journey and filling in the blanks, of course.

    Starting right from the end of Revenge Of The Sith (complete with NOOOOOOOOOO), these six issues follow Darth Vader's quest to find his first lightsaber, which takes him to the Jedi Library, back to Mustafar, and beyond. Soule's characterization as the last human parts of Anakin Skywalker die away (at least until Return Of The Jedi, I guess) is spot on,

    How do you follow Kieron Gillen's amazing Darth Vader series? By going back to the beginning of the journey and filling in the blanks, of course.

    Starting right from the end of Revenge Of The Sith (complete with NOOOOOOOOOO), these six issues follow Darth Vader's quest to find his first lightsaber, which takes him to the Jedi Library, back to Mustafar, and beyond. Soule's characterization as the last human parts of Anakin Skywalker die away (at least until Return Of The Jedi, I guess) is spot on, and the Emperor is deliciously manipulative, despite being in the book very briefly.

    I like that Soule remembers that Anakin was a master engineer, which comes up more than once across the story, too. He really gets put through the ringer in this story, and I mean that pretty literally.

    Giuseppe Camuncoli has graduated from Amazing Spider-Man over to the Star Wars side of Marvel, and his work is phenomenal. It's very difficult to portray emotions with Darth Vader's helmet, but his body language and the way he frames panels so that his face is cast into different shadows is superb. He also has a good inker/colourist team in Cam Smith and David Curiel, who work to make his art really pop. Camuncoli is an artist who is made or broken by his partners, but these three are a powerhouse.

    This is a very different animal to the last Vader series, but is definitely out to carve itself a well deserved place in Star Wars canon.

  • Brayden Raymond

    The First issue in the second comic run of Vader and a new story arc for a favourite character. This arc known as "The Chosen One" picks up right at the end of Episode 3 and after the horrid "No!" that haunts our dreams it dives straight into the new canon lore regarding lightsaber kyber crystals and sees Palpatine sending Vader onto a mission to create a new saber.

    The focus on the relationship between Palpatine and Vader seems quite promising and I an excited to watch the interactions between t

    The First issue in the second comic run of Vader and a new story arc for a favourite character. This arc known as "The Chosen One" picks up right at the end of Episode 3 and after the horrid "No!" that haunts our dreams it dives straight into the new canon lore regarding lightsaber kyber crystals and sees Palpatine sending Vader onto a mission to create a new saber.

    The focus on the relationship between Palpatine and Vader seems quite promising and I an excited to watch the interactions between the two as I plan now to read the entirety of this story arc if possible.

    While it was a light read the lore additions have been great and I think the art of this series is also very well done and deserves much recognition.

    Looking forward to issue #2

  • Thomas

    Read as single issues, first 3 are signed by Charles Soule.

    I finally got around to reading my Darth Vader comics that I've been picking up for most of the year after flipping through the first issue at the comic store and being intrigued at the story of a young, angry Darth Vader, having just risen from the shattered body and soul of a young Jedi, ready to serve his Emperor - or so he thought. The Emperor sets before him a series of tasks to ascertain his worthiness and test him.

    The artwork is g

    Read as single issues, first 3 are signed by Charles Soule.

    I finally got around to reading my Darth Vader comics that I've been picking up for most of the year after flipping through the first issue at the comic store and being intrigued at the story of a young, angry Darth Vader, having just risen from the shattered body and soul of a young Jedi, ready to serve his Emperor - or so he thought. The Emperor sets before him a series of tasks to ascertain his worthiness and test him.

    The artwork is good and the story arcs in the first 6 issues introduce some new faces and a few old ones. Good action, good characterization, and a rollicking Star Wars adventure await those who read it. This isn't Soule's best comic work in my opinion, but he is solid and delivers what is needed here. I will be completing the series as this stands in the top half of Star Wars EU, above many of the novels I read and re-read as a teen.

  • David

    Collecting the first 6 (I think) issues of the new Darth Vader series from Marvel, when Vader is new to the suit and his new life as The Emperor's #2.

    As such, he is given a mission to hunt down (yet another) Jedi who escaped Order 66, defeat that Jedi in combat, then take and corrupt that Jedi's Kyber crystal in order to create his own lightsabre, with the signature red glow of those belonging to the Sith.

    All of which he manages to do.

    Even if - shockingly - at one point that Jedi seems to be mor

    Collecting the first 6 (I think) issues of the new Darth Vader series from Marvel, when Vader is new to the suit and his new life as The Emperor's #2.

    As such, he is given a mission to hunt down (yet another) Jedi who escaped Order 66, defeat that Jedi in combat, then take and corrupt that Jedi's Kyber crystal in order to create his own lightsabre, with the signature red glow of those belonging to the Sith.

    All of which he manages to do.

    Even if - shockingly - at one point that Jedi seems to be more powerful than Vader himself, both defeating him and throwing him off the top of a cliff.

    However, like a bad penny (or smell), Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith keeps reappearing ...

  • Martijn Van

    I was a bit sceptical when i first heard about this new Vader series. Who could beat the fantastuic Vader run by Kieron Gillen, right? But when i started this first new seire TPB i realized this is a completely different beast. The story starts directly at the end of Revenge of the Sith. With Anakin Skywalker rebirth as Darth Vader. What follows is his search for his own crimson lightsaber and his new place in the universe. Altough the artstyle was sometimes not really my cup of tee, i'm curious

    I was a bit sceptical when i first heard about this new Vader series. Who could beat the fantastuic Vader run by Kieron Gillen, right? But when i started this first new seire TPB i realized this is a completely different beast. The story starts directly at the end of Revenge of the Sith. With Anakin Skywalker rebirth as Darth Vader. What follows is his search for his own crimson lightsaber and his new place in the universe. Altough the artstyle was sometimes not really my cup of tee, i'm curious to see where this series will take us.

  • Jorge Figueroa

    No regresa

    , así que no tenemos una historia tan interesante como en el pasado, eso sí, cuando revisita los lugares comunes, se nota lo parendido, y lo acompaña un gran arte.

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