Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Volume 4: End of Games Review (Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca)

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca wrap up their disappointingly mediocre Darth Vader run with the instantly forgettable Volume 4: End of Games. 

Maybe because it’s been ten months since I read the last book or maybe because Gillen’s failed to make it memorable, but I’ve no clue what’s going down in this one. Vader’s hunting down a rival called Cylo - who? Whatever. It’s not in the least bit interesting! Ugh, and the Revenge of the Sith flashbacks? Fuuuuck you, Gillen! 

I’ve never liked Dr. Aphra and the evil droids so I continued not shiving a git about them and their tedious antics. Ooo, what will the Emperor do after he discovers that Aphra’s secretly been Vader’s ally??? Care about as much as I did reading this drek, which is to say not at all. Wow… what a story arc... also Aphra and the derivative evil droids are getting their own spinoff, again scripted by Gillen, so that’s definitely one to ignore. And that’s the book: awful.

Salvador Larroca’s art is faultless and slick, as it’s been throughout. He’s been the constant bright spot in the series and the comic has looked amazing and eye-catching thanks to his work. Is it enough to recommend this title though? Nah. 

End of Games is the suck. While I’m glad a new writer’s taken over the title because Kieron Gillen wasn’t doing Vader any favours, that new writer is Charles Soule so any hope that the quality might improve now is dead in the water. These be dark times for fans of the Dark Side…

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