Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Volume 3: The Shu-Torun War Review (Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca)

Darth Vader installs a puppet Queen on the mining planet of Shu-Torun after putting down their rebellion against the Empire. But a new rebellion begins and he must return to quash it once more… zzz...

Yup, Kieron Gillen and Salvadar Larroca’s Darth Vader series still sucks! Probably because the whole “rebellion against the Empire” thing is a forgone conclusion for this nothing planet but there’s almost no character work for anyone new here, particularly the rebel side, so it’s hard to give a monkey’s about this war. 

Also Vader doesn’t do anything interesting in dealing with it. He blows up some machines, he briefly lightsaber duels with a couple bland Jedi characters, and that’s about it. He’s invincible and he wins by once again using brute force. Such a boring snooze-fest of a story! 

Leinil Yu and Salvador Larroca’s art is cool and as polished as ever but the design for Shu-Torun was really unimaginative - it’s basically just Mustafar. 

Kieron Gillen continues to prove that he doesn’t have any great stories to tell with Vader and The Shu-Torun War is as bland a Star Wars adventure as you can get. Darth Vader stories should be entertaining - a new writer urgently needs to take over this series and make his books exciting!

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