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As the Empire's grip tightens on the galaxy, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs - and this time the job of snuffing out hope falls to Vader, his inquisitors... and Wilhuff Tarkin! To bring Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. No tolerance As the Empire's grip tightens on the galaxy, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs - and this time the job of snuffing out hope falls to Vader, his inquisitors... and Wilhuff Tarkin! To bring Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. No tolerance for rebellion can be afforded...but how far will Vader go to complete his mission? The Dark Lord of the Sith goes in for some wet work in this brutal story! COLLECTING: DARTH VADER 13-18


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As the Empire's grip tightens on the galaxy, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs - and this time the job of snuffing out hope falls to Vader, his inquisitors... and Wilhuff Tarkin! To bring Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. No tolerance As the Empire's grip tightens on the galaxy, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs - and this time the job of snuffing out hope falls to Vader, his inquisitors... and Wilhuff Tarkin! To bring Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. No tolerance for rebellion can be afforded...but how far will Vader go to complete his mission? The Dark Lord of the Sith goes in for some wet work in this brutal story! COLLECTING: DARTH VADER 13-18

30 review for Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol. 3: The Burning Seas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    This series is telling some great stories. I think it would make an excellent movie. The fall of the galactic empire and the rise of Palpatine. This stuff is digging deep into Vader and the ruthless killer he has become. It's an overwhelming story that feels very dark and yet there is humor in this and really great characters. We get to know more about Tarkin and just how evil all these people are. The first 3 issues are a battle taking place on Mon Cala. We see the Empire really beginning to co This series is telling some great stories. I think it would make an excellent movie. The fall of the galactic empire and the rise of Palpatine. This stuff is digging deep into Vader and the ruthless killer he has become. It's an overwhelming story that feels very dark and yet there is humor in this and really great characters. We get to know more about Tarkin and just how evil all these people are. The first 3 issues are a battle taking place on Mon Cala. We see the Empire really beginning to control the universe. They pretty much wreak havoc on that whole world in a few days. It's brutal. We do see the beginning of the rebellion at this moment and General Ackbar coming into power. It was really good. Then the story jumps and the rest of the volume is ok. Tarkin is hunting Vader, it's quite the silly little story in my opinion. We end seeing more Death Star being built and the mother of Jyn before the events of Rogue one. By now, most of the Jedi have been wiped out. The galaxy seems very bleak at this point. Very bleak. This has been some great story telling and I really hope they tell this on the big screen. People would want to see this. In some ways, it's too current and too much of what is happening now. It is a bit nerve racking. I can't wait to read the next one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Yet another awesome volume of Charles Soule’s “Darth Vader” series. 3 arcs in and this series is humming along as strong as ever – Soule has developed a real knack for writing the titular figure, drawing Vader in a way that manages to both sync up nicely alongside Kieron Gillen’s previous characterization, while also exploring rawer facets of his personality that keep the series from feeling like it’s retretading ground we’ve already covered. And the art by Giuseppe Camuncoli continues to dazzle Yet another awesome volume of Charles Soule’s “Darth Vader” series. 3 arcs in and this series is humming along as strong as ever – Soule has developed a real knack for writing the titular figure, drawing Vader in a way that manages to both sync up nicely alongside Kieron Gillen’s previous characterization, while also exploring rawer facets of his personality that keep the series from feeling like it’s retretading ground we’ve already covered. And the art by Giuseppe Camuncoli continues to dazzle each and every issue. Good stuff.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Soule continues his masterful weaving together of different eras in the Star Wars canon, once again dipping deep into the animated Clone Wars series, Rogue One and even the Tarkin novel to spin a tail of villainy, rage and Sith badass-ery that borders upon a psychotic death wish. All this was expected by this point. The surprise came with the Annual written by Chuck Wendig also collected here which was an intriguing episode in which Vader investigates sabotage on the Death Star construction proje Soule continues his masterful weaving together of different eras in the Star Wars canon, once again dipping deep into the animated Clone Wars series, Rogue One and even the Tarkin novel to spin a tail of villainy, rage and Sith badass-ery that borders upon a psychotic death wish. All this was expected by this point. The surprise came with the Annual written by Chuck Wendig also collected here which was an intriguing episode in which Vader investigates sabotage on the Death Star construction project in the light of the long-simmering rivalry between Tarkin and Krennic. I was never the greatest fan of his novels but this comic gives a glimpse into what might have been had he continued working in the medium as opposed to his abrupt departure. I will certainly be reading the next volume soon!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    Oh my goodness, these books keep getting better. As I've mentioned in these reviews many a time, near or entirely direct references to the movies get me the most with these comics. And wow, this comic's beginning - that was incredible. (view spoiler)[Seeing Obi-Wan say exactly what he said to Anakin on Mustafar, but with him saying it as he's being defeated... wow. Stunning. (hide spoiler)] I also loved that page where Vader reflects on when he was on Mon Cala. (view spoiler)[Seeing young Anakin i Oh my goodness, these books keep getting better. As I've mentioned in these reviews many a time, near or entirely direct references to the movies get me the most with these comics. And wow, this comic's beginning - that was incredible. (view spoiler)[Seeing Obi-Wan say exactly what he said to Anakin on Mustafar, but with him saying it as he's being defeated... wow. Stunning. (hide spoiler)] I also loved that page where Vader reflects on when he was on Mon Cala. (view spoiler)[Seeing young Anakin is "wow" enough on its own, but Padme was there... and Ahsoka. She's not even acknowledged in here, but my goodness, just seeing her in the foreground was amazing. (hide spoiler)] Also, sometimes I forget to mention this, but the art here is amazing. So detailed. Aside from the first couples pages, my favorite parts of this book were the ones about Ferren Barr's students. (view spoiler)[The way they showed a flashback of them first meeting Barr as each of them died... wow. (hide spoiler)] And the end of volume 16... wow, wow. (view spoiler)[Order 66! Order 66!! That's so cool!! (hide spoiler)] Volume 18 in here is a bit strange - it's more of a stand-alone than a connected part of the story, but it's still interesting to read about Vader being hunted. (view spoiler)[As a test! Oh the plot twist! (hide spoiler)] As for the annual at the end here, I really liked the focus on the creation of the Death Star (view spoiler)[And project Stardust!!! (hide spoiler)] . Also, the part where Vader has that vision (view spoiler)[Geonosis! Fighting with Padme and Obi-Wan! (hide spoiler)] was also great. Also the vision at "They were animals. So I slaughtered them like animals." Amazing!! And I liked seeing (view spoiler)[Lyra Erso at the end. She deserved so much more screentime than she got. (hide spoiler)] This review is full of spoilers because I loved so many small aspects of this story. Aah, so good. 5/5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    The Burning Seas tells a rather epic tale. It is the Imperial Invasion of Mon Cala where the Calamari reside (Admiral Ackbar). Vader and Tarkin participate in the start of the Empire's moves against planets deemed too independent. An Imperial Star Destroyer bearing Tarkin and an Imperial Ambassador come to Mon Cala to speak with the Calimari King. However, the Ambassador's assassination gives Tarkin the pretext he needs to invade. Vader, meanwhile, seeks out a former Jedi who is helping the Calam The Burning Seas tells a rather epic tale. It is the Imperial Invasion of Mon Cala where the Calamari reside (Admiral Ackbar). Vader and Tarkin participate in the start of the Empire's moves against planets deemed too independent. An Imperial Star Destroyer bearing Tarkin and an Imperial Ambassador come to Mon Cala to speak with the Calimari King. However, the Ambassador's assassination gives Tarkin the pretext he needs to invade. Vader, meanwhile, seeks out a former Jedi who is helping the Calamari form a resistance. An instructive look at the way the Empire conducts diplomacy. The Vader-Master Barr confrontation was also instructive. Without too many spoilers- Vol 3 continues the strong story and quality of the first volumes. Vader is developing into a powerful Sith Lord and the Empire's tendrils are spreading. The artwork has been excellent in all three volumes. If the new Disney Star Wars depresses you then come read some Darth Vader. Star Wars as it was meant to be. The identity of the Inquisitors was also interesting since one of them I found in another comic mucking about as a Jedi during the Clone Wars. Interesting. Anyways if you are a Star Wars fan then you will like this. Any Vader fan will love it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Dalton

    I liked this volume. All the stories were great, especially the one where Tarkin was hunting Vader. Very well written and drawn. Not crazy about the art in the last story. Not as much effort appeared to go into that one. But in all we get to see a deeper look into Darth Vader and the consequences of his turning to the Dark Side. Very much looking forward to the NEW Darth Vader coming on sale today. Not waiting around for a collection this time. If you are a Star Wars fan, you need to give these I liked this volume. All the stories were great, especially the one where Tarkin was hunting Vader. Very well written and drawn. Not crazy about the art in the last story. Not as much effort appeared to go into that one. But in all we get to see a deeper look into Darth Vader and the consequences of his turning to the Dark Side. Very much looking forward to the NEW Darth Vader coming on sale today. Not waiting around for a collection this time. If you are a Star Wars fan, you need to give these collections a try. From both 2015 and 2017.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This continues the story shortly after Episode III and well before we actually see Darth Vader for the first time in Episode IV. (I am that old that I saw it several times in the movie theaters) In this one, Mon Cala is having talks with the Empire but these talks go awry and the result is war. I have to say that this is my favorite comic series from this universe. I enjoy the arcs each collection presents, the artwork is terrific and I like the time setting of this series. The aspect I like the This continues the story shortly after Episode III and well before we actually see Darth Vader for the first time in Episode IV. (I am that old that I saw it several times in the movie theaters) In this one, Mon Cala is having talks with the Empire but these talks go awry and the result is war. I have to say that this is my favorite comic series from this universe. I enjoy the arcs each collection presents, the artwork is terrific and I like the time setting of this series. The aspect I like the most is the portrayal of Vader. We get to see him being the person that the galaxy fears and why he has the reputation of being the galaxy's enforcer. The battle scenes were well done and we get to see some fan favorites in this story. I love seeing Ackbar interact with Vader. There were two stand alone issues in this collection that really did nothing for me. In fact, one seems to contradict other stories that I have read in this universe. This is why I lowered my rating to four stars. I like reading these comics from this universe and I am severely behind on most of them. This is the one series that I will not allow myself to fall behind. Every aspect excels in this series and I love reading more about Darth Vader.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lance Shadow

    Here we go again, as I continue catching up on this massively hyped series from the Star Wars Canon. Just like with the previous volume Legacy's End, I read this a couple of days ago but haven't gotten time to do a review. And once again, this series (mostly) lives up to the immense hype. Burning Seas is another good, strong entry in Charles Soule's Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Comic run. THE STORY: A couple of months to a year passes following Vader's mission to track down Jocasta Nu. The Here we go again, as I continue catching up on this massively hyped series from the Star Wars Canon. Just like with the previous volume Legacy's End, I read this a couple of days ago but haven't gotten time to do a review. And once again, this series (mostly) lives up to the immense hype. Burning Seas is another good, strong entry in Charles Soule's Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Comic run. THE STORY: A couple of months to a year passes following Vader's mission to track down Jocasta Nu. The time jump isn't very clear, but it doesn't really matter. Vader is on another mission or the Emperor, aided by a couple members of the Inquisitorius- the Sixth Brother who played a big role in Ahsoka, the Ninth Sister who was newly introduced in this series, and the Tenth Brother, who was actually introduced in another comic from the canon (Matt Owens' Mace Windu). This time, they go to Mon Cala, ready to conquer it; but they meet resistance from Lee Char, its king. THE BAD: there's not really all that much wrong here. Even the artwork seems to have gotten better, which was my biggest problem with the first two volumes. THE GOOD: Burning Seas is among the very best the star wars canon has produced when it comes to comics. The characters, just like before, were well done. Vader, Lee Char, and the inquisitor characters were consistent with what I have seen from them. Tarkin is good too. I also think the new former-jedi antagonist in Burning Seas was also really good. Tarkin, Ackbar, and Raddus appear in this volume and they're good too. The artwork was steadily improving over the course of these comics, but I think Burning Seas is the one that got the style down. It looked really rough in Imperial Machine, got a bit better by the time Legacy's End wrapped up, and now looks solid in Burning Seas both with the action and the character drawings. I also enjoyed the worldbuilding. We get to see the dynamic amongst the Inquisitorius that was hinted at in Rebels but is much more fleshed out in this comic. We also get to see the brutality of the empire first hand, effectively portrayed through the conquest of Mon Cala. THE CONCLUSION: final rating is 4.5 stars. Burning Seas is just yet more confirmation that Charles Soule's take on Darth Vader's story is great. I'm running out of things to say about this comic. It has been very consistent across these three story arcs with interesting stories, great characterization, and immersive worldbuilding. Looking forward to getting my hands on the last volume, because Vader's younger days have been riveting to read about.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    This series is probably the best of the Marvel new canon. It has been amazingly consistent, and this volume is the best yet. It keeps what I've enjoyed about the previous books—focus on Vader being vicious and struggling with his past—and it adds the wartime action and political intrigue that I enjoyed in the novels Tarkin, Catalyst, and Lords of the Sith. Charles Soule is really skillful in the way he weaves together elements from the larger saga mythology into the stories in this series. I esp This series is probably the best of the Marvel new canon. It has been amazingly consistent, and this volume is the best yet. It keeps what I've enjoyed about the previous books—focus on Vader being vicious and struggling with his past—and it adds the wartime action and political intrigue that I enjoyed in the novels Tarkin, Catalyst, and Lords of the Sith. Charles Soule is really skillful in the way he weaves together elements from the larger saga mythology into the stories in this series. I especially like how full of Rogue One details this particular book is. Very nice artwork—classic graphic novel style, and panels that are full of details. I like that nothing here makes the Mon Calamari look backward or silly. I also like the way the artwork portrays a slightly younger Tarkin.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tiag⊗

    Say whatever you want about the prequels, the Clone Wars is still my favorite era, sure the movies have flaws, but you can't beat the epic intergalactic scale of it, Jedi vs. the Sith, pure Star Wars, that to me is space opera at its best, and this story was another good contribution to that era. This is about the last battle of Mon Cala, the underwater planet, home of Admiral Ackbar, who later became the savior of the rebellion, we see how his space fleet ended up leading the attack against the Say whatever you want about the prequels, the Clone Wars is still my favorite era, sure the movies have flaws, but you can't beat the epic intergalactic scale of it, Jedi vs. the Sith, pure Star Wars, that to me is space opera at its best, and this story was another good contribution to that era. This is about the last battle of Mon Cala, the underwater planet, home of Admiral Ackbar, who later became the savior of the rebellion, we see how his space fleet ended up leading the attack against the second Death Star, and it was more that satisfying, a very exciting story that introduced a new Jedi, Ferren Barr, who has one of the coolest Jedi stories in the saga, not to be missed. The book has two extra issues, one where Tarkin hunts Vader and the annual, they both feel a bit disconnected from the main story and I didn't like them as much. Five stars for the main story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    The adventures of Vader and the Inquisitors continue here, this time during the Empire's acquisition of Mon Cala. While the Rebel Alliance has not yet been formed, Mon Cala is not yet part of the Empire. Talks are going ahead, but when the Emperor finds out that the Mon Calamari are hiding Jedi (Master Ferren Barr and some apprentices), Vader and company are dispatched to take him out. The Empire begins to invade the surface of Mon Cala, but it proves very difficult as the majority of the planet The adventures of Vader and the Inquisitors continue here, this time during the Empire's acquisition of Mon Cala. While the Rebel Alliance has not yet been formed, Mon Cala is not yet part of the Empire. Talks are going ahead, but when the Emperor finds out that the Mon Calamari are hiding Jedi (Master Ferren Barr and some apprentices), Vader and company are dispatched to take him out. The Empire begins to invade the surface of Mon Cala, but it proves very difficult as the majority of the planet's surface is water. As it progresses, the aquatic species of the planet (the Mon Calamari and the Quarren), abandon or blow up their surface cities and dive deep. Other than destroying the Jedi, the mission is to also capture King Lee-Char (who we recently read about in the main Star Wars comic, and the message before his death is what pushes the planet to side with the Rebels), which happens by the end. A very odd one-shot story also is included here. Apparently, Tarkin owes Vader a favor, and that is cashed in by going to a planet and having Tarkin and a squad hunt down Vader, all for training and to see who can win. Vader looks very fearsome in his dragon wing cloak and the hunt is quite action-packed and intense. Tarkin seems to win, but Vader's force choke, even in his weakened state (Tarkin used knowledge of the environment to have Vader get hit with a lightning bolt) claims the win for Vader. Next up (apparently) is "Fortress Vader". Sounds intriguing... Being that this title is Vader's adventures between Episodes 3 and 4, I hope we see how he gets all the way up to the events of Rogue One (which lead directly into Ep. 4). High recommend.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    The creative team behind the amazing Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith series return with their third volume, The Burning Seas, which continues to follow the early adventures of one of fiction’s greatest villains, Darth Vader. This third volume contains issues #13-18 of what has to be one of my favourite current ongoing series. This new volume is set one year after the formation of the Empire, and the Emperor is determined to show off the full military power he now commands. To that end, he disp The creative team behind the amazing Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith series return with their third volume, The Burning Seas, which continues to follow the early adventures of one of fiction’s greatest villains, Darth Vader. This third volume contains issues #13-18 of what has to be one of my favourite current ongoing series. This new volume is set one year after the formation of the Empire, and the Emperor is determined to show off the full military power he now commands. To that end, he dispatches Vader to the aquatic planet of Mon Cala, which has been resisting attempts to be completely incorporated into the growing Empire, and whose King appears to be receiving advice from a Jedi. However, this will not be Vader’s first journey to Mon Cala. Years ago, during the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker and the Jedi saved the planet from a Separatist invasion and supported the young Mon Calamari king’s ascent to the throne. Leading a force of his Inquisitors to Mon Cala, Vader attempts to investigate the potential Jedi influencer, but the situation quickly devolves into all-out war. With Governor Wilhuff Tarkin leading the Imperial invasion, Vader and his forces attempt to locate the Jedi behind the unfolding events. How will Vader’s return impact the planet of Mon Cala, and what events will the mysterious Jedi’s actions have for the future of the galaxy? In additional adventures, Governor Tarkin finds himself in the unenviable position of owing Darth Vader a favour. Vader’s request is a hunt with a twist: the hunter will be Tarkin, while the hunted will be Vader himself. Bored by a lack of challenges, Vader has tasked Tarkin to provide him with some worthy competition. Will Tarkin earn Vader’s respect, or will he and his team of mercenaries be the next victims of Vader’s rage? In addition, Vader has been tasked to investigate sabotage around the construction of the Death Star on Geonosis. As Vader encounters the creators of the Death Star, Commander Krenik and Galen Erso, he uncovers not only the saboteurs but also the full potential of the Death Star and the impact it could have on Vader’s position. View the full review at: https://unseenlibrary.com/2018/10/12/... I previously reviewed the second volume of this series on my blog: https://unseenlibrary.com/2018/09/12/... Or visit my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    Really good story and nostalgia being written here by Soule. The story focuses at first on the Empire flexing its might to prove its the big cheese in space by sending a message (of violence) to Mon Cala, our favorite squid faces. Of coarse we get a killer Ackbar cameo, its good. Tarkin also is featured heavily and the duo of Tarkin and Vader is straight up awesome. If thats not enough we get teases of the future death star and a small but critical link to Rogue one. The story telling is great ( Really good story and nostalgia being written here by Soule. The story focuses at first on the Empire flexing its might to prove its the big cheese in space by sending a message (of violence) to Mon Cala, our favorite squid faces. Of coarse we get a killer Ackbar cameo, its good. Tarkin also is featured heavily and the duo of Tarkin and Vader is straight up awesome. If thats not enough we get teases of the future death star and a small but critical link to Rogue one. The story telling is great (minus Vader hunting yet another Jedi, minor yawn). Vader kicking ass is also great and you get plenty. The art is above average, clean and easy to read. Overall the volume is jam packed, its got a lot of content.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    A bit disconnected but still entertaining, although the excessive use of Tarkin was a bit...odd in light of the movie canon?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    Focusing on Vader's quest on Mon Cala its an epic tale as he carries out the emperors plan and its filled with epic moments and adventures and as this is a water planet, they have to survive here and its hard yet they might survive. Vader faces off against the king and Tarkin is also involved and the seas will burn with the rage of Vader. Even Admiral Ackber is involved and its interesting to see. As Vader is hunting down the Jedi behind them aka Master Bara and fights him and his apprentices an Focusing on Vader's quest on Mon Cala its an epic tale as he carries out the emperors plan and its filled with epic moments and adventures and as this is a water planet, they have to survive here and its hard yet they might survive. Vader faces off against the king and Tarkin is also involved and the seas will burn with the rage of Vader. Even Admiral Ackber is involved and its interesting to see. As Vader is hunting down the Jedi behind them aka Master Bara and fights him and his apprentices and then the war of Mon Cala its an epic thriller story filled with high octane action, intriguing story and so much more and the last story is on Geonosis and Jyrso Eyn's family and all and Vader and Tarkin cold war happens. Decent story that one. Overall good and enjoyable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I love Soule's take on Darth Vader! He uses all of the interesting mythology of the prequels but with actual good writing and story telling. The setting here is one of my favorite in Star Wars: Mon Cala! Do we get to see a young Raddus and Ackbar fighting? You bet your butt! Also, rogue jedi's (maybe?) who survived with dubious motives? Yes please! I love Soule's take on Darth Vader! He uses all of the interesting mythology of the prequels but with actual good writing and story telling. The setting here is one of my favorite in Star Wars: Mon Cala! Do we get to see a young Raddus and Ackbar fighting? You bet your butt! Also, rogue jedi's (maybe?) who survived with dubious motives? Yes please!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This volume contains Darth Vader Issues 13-18 (also called The Burning Seas Part I-V, Bad Ground, and Darth Vader Annual 2: Technological Terror). In The Burning Seas arc, Vader has been tasked to take his Inquisitors to Mon Cala, where war is still being waged against them, and a small group of Jedi who survived the purge plan in hiding. Vader is tasked to take these Jedi out while also showing Mon Cala who their new ruler is, and what happens when the people of a planet do not follow their new This volume contains Darth Vader Issues 13-18 (also called The Burning Seas Part I-V, Bad Ground, and Darth Vader Annual 2: Technological Terror). In The Burning Seas arc, Vader has been tasked to take his Inquisitors to Mon Cala, where war is still being waged against them, and a small group of Jedi who survived the purge plan in hiding. Vader is tasked to take these Jedi out while also showing Mon Cala who their new ruler is, and what happens when the people of a planet do not follow their new Emperor. Bad Ground is an interesting issue that highlights the position of Vader and Tarkin. They are both men of power in the Empire, but Tarkin isn't feeling the whole Vader-in-higher-power-than-himself vibe. Darth Vader Annual 2 is actually very interesting in that Vader returns to Geonosis and the reader may indeed be reunited with a Geonosian previously featured in Star Wars Rebels. Once again we have Vader and Tarkin, along with Krennic, in a battle of power and rank, all while trying to uncover some secret treachery on Geonosis. I enjoyed this volume for a number of reasons. The art is, of course, absolutely glorious. I really appreciated the connection between Vader/Geonosis in this comic and its link to an event in Rebels. It's also interesting seeing the Jedi who have escaped the purge, seeing what they are up too (some rather familiar faces from the Clone Wars, too), and then watching as Vader ruthlessly takes down the Emperor's enemies. It's really fun following the events of a character that is generally seen as a villain and seeing what terrible deeds such a character can do. And yet, villains tend to make for the best characters. Oh, Vader, why do your deeds not thwart me from removing you as a favorite character? 

  18. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Solid. Another great Darth Vader adventure. What is great about Soule's take on the Dark Lord of the Sith is the fact that its not just the vicious way Vader destroys his enemies but his very existence can corrupt the innocent. In this volume Vader is sent to Mon Cala to remind its king and his people that they serve only the Galactic Empire. With Grand Admiral Tarkin hovering about this negotiation is sure to get ugly. Some the coolest things that happen in this book are the inclusion of Admira Solid. Another great Darth Vader adventure. What is great about Soule's take on the Dark Lord of the Sith is the fact that its not just the vicious way Vader destroys his enemies but his very existence can corrupt the innocent. In this volume Vader is sent to Mon Cala to remind its king and his people that they serve only the Galactic Empire. With Grand Admiral Tarkin hovering about this negotiation is sure to get ugly. Some the coolest things that happen in this book are the inclusion of Admiral Ackbar and the foreshadowing of Mon Cala's role in the future rebellion against the Empire. The artwork by Camuncoli and colorists do a outstanding job in this volume. The book just has some great visuals that really make the book feel like an episode of Star Wars. I love how Soule sets up the relationship between Tarkin and Vader. You get a better understanding here about why someone as physically threatening as Vader would serve Tarkin, a mere mortal. The annual issue at the back of the book perfectly works as a prequel to the Star Wars: Rogue One movie. Not much bad to say about this series other than it is consistently good and every Star Wars fan should be reading this series, asap.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    Well well well, this certainly started with a "bang" ;) Did enjoy this one better than the last volume.. Great build up! And still loving the art (did not mention that before, but it's true: great artiest!) Well well well, this certainly started with a "bang" ;) Did enjoy this one better than the last volume.. Great build up! And still loving the art (did not mention that before, but it's true: great artiest!)

  20. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Still cant believe I've never read this. Continues the adventure of Vader being his dark side. Tarkin gets involved so do a few others. Loved the fight scenes. Some of the political and personal issues between Vader, the empire even Tarkin are awesome. Highly recommend this series by Soule. Still cant believe I've never read this. Continues the adventure of Vader being his dark side. Tarkin gets involved so do a few others. Loved the fight scenes. Some of the political and personal issues between Vader, the empire even Tarkin are awesome. Highly recommend this series by Soule.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    This is still my favorite line of comics and it's a thrill to see this part of Vader's life as he let's Anakin die and embraces his new identity. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume! This is still my favorite line of comics and it's a thrill to see this part of Vader's life as he let's Anakin die and embraces his new identity. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume!

  22. 4 out of 5

    John H

    This was the best Star Wars GN I have read in a while. The art is great, especially the covers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I read a digital copy of this collection. This series is following younger Darth Vader, mere years after the ascension of the Empire into power and three years after Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker was no more. The arc in this book follows the Empire attempting to move beyond the shackles of simply being an extension of the Republic, and in fact becoming the galactic dictatorship we know it as in the main trilogies. It starts on a familiar planet of Mon Cala, where Gail Ackbar and King Lee Char f I read a digital copy of this collection. This series is following younger Darth Vader, mere years after the ascension of the Empire into power and three years after Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker was no more. The arc in this book follows the Empire attempting to move beyond the shackles of simply being an extension of the Republic, and in fact becoming the galactic dictatorship we know it as in the main trilogies. It starts on a familiar planet of Mon Cala, where Gail Ackbar and King Lee Char fight to defend their homeworld from the threat of the Empire supporting by Master Barr, a Jedi in hiding. Not for long however, as not only do the Empire arrive, but so do Vader and his inquisitors. This series shows us so much more of Vader's anger than we see in the movies, where he appears cold and unfeeling. But young Vader still has so much Anakin in him, it's sad.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

    These are the Vader stories you’re looking for! Fantastic conclusion to this 3-book Vader story arc. After REVENGE OF THE SITH and ROGUE ONE, Vader grows in power and becomes closer to the Vader of A NEW HOPE. But he’s still not there yet, and that’s what makes this story so good. Having also read James Luceno’s excellent STAR WARS novel, TARKIN, this book, THE BURNING SEAS, is particularly great. But start with book 1 in this story arc. LucasFilm, this could be a great television series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    I appreciate seeing some internal variety in the different alien species, like in this comic. Previously, the Mon Calamari were all a bunch of Admiral Ackbars. Also, a nice gotcha with the clones towards the end. Other than that, not much to say. A decent read but not great. Nice, not thrilling, but nice. I appreciate seeing some internal variety in the different alien species, like in this comic. Previously, the Mon Calamari were all a bunch of Admiral Ackbars. Also, a nice gotcha with the clones towards the end. Other than that, not much to say. A decent read but not great. Nice, not thrilling, but nice.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terry Mcginnis

    Another solid Vader book. Marvel certainly makes sure he's in good hands. Highly recommended for Star Wars fans. Next! Another solid Vader book. Marvel certainly makes sure he's in good hands. Highly recommended for Star Wars fans. Next!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Richelle Delgado

    This one was kind of meh!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Darth Vader is sent to suppress a rebellion on Mon Cala, with the aid of his Inquisitorius, and a very familiar face - Governor Wilhuff Tarkin. This book kind of acts as a companion piece to what Kieron Gillen did with his second arc of Star Wars, since it shows how Mon Cala lost its autonomy. Vader's almost incidental to the plot, since it's more about the politics of Mon Cala, a fallen Jedi (who gets a very awesome final page cliffhanger midway through the story) and how Tarkin is quickly risin Darth Vader is sent to suppress a rebellion on Mon Cala, with the aid of his Inquisitorius, and a very familiar face - Governor Wilhuff Tarkin. This book kind of acts as a companion piece to what Kieron Gillen did with his second arc of Star Wars, since it shows how Mon Cala lost its autonomy. Vader's almost incidental to the plot, since it's more about the politics of Mon Cala, a fallen Jedi (who gets a very awesome final page cliffhanger midway through the story) and how Tarkin is quickly rising up the ranks. He and Vader play off each other well, and that contributes greatly to the success of the final issue of the trade which is a done-in-one in which the two characters try to kill each other for sport. All six issues are once again pencilled by the faultless Giuseppe Camuncoli. There's also an annual here by Chuck Wendig, with art by Leonard Kirk that ties Vader even tighter into the events of Rogue One, with a conspiracy that pulls in Galen Erso, Krennic, and Tarkin once again. Great stuff once again from all involved, if a little light on the actual Vader.

  29. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Giovine

    The Battle for Mon Cala has just started. After the Empire's rising regime, Vader is now in charge of finding an apparent hidden Jedi at the aquatic system, ruled by King Lee-Char, who was introduced in the Clone Wars series, also appearing on the regular Star Wars series in the new canon. With the help of a couple of Inquisitors, as well as with Governor Tarkin's armada, the Sith Lord will prepare a ruthless attack against the people at Mon Cala, now under Imperial “protection”, and that will s The Battle for Mon Cala has just started. After the Empire's rising regime, Vader is now in charge of finding an apparent hidden Jedi at the aquatic system, ruled by King Lee-Char, who was introduced in the Clone Wars series, also appearing on the regular Star Wars series in the new canon. With the help of a couple of Inquisitors, as well as with Governor Tarkin's armada, the Sith Lord will prepare a ruthless attack against the people at Mon Cala, now under Imperial “protection”, and that will set in motion a series of important events that will define several decisive happenings, regarding the future of the Galaxy, before the rise of the Rebel Alliance. For me, some of the best moments in Star Wars happen when authors connect the main stories within main references of previous media, example of this is how important is to be aware of the events of the Clone Wars, more specifically, Season 4, Ep. 1: “Water War”, in which we’re introduced to the previous conflict inside Mon Cala, between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren. There are even a few panels in which we can see that part of the tv-series represented in comic book form, and that was a great detail to include. The difference between fan-service and attention to detail is always dangerously thin in this franchise, but thankfully, Soule story in this volume worked in favor of these series of retcons, and when it comes to the new Canon, there’s plenty of it in regards of the Mon Cala lore. Showing the origins of Admiral Ackbar was pleasant enough in the tv-show, here, the impact is bigger, considering we already know the fate of the Mon Calamari forces after the Battle of Yavin, so the consequences of this battle are of huge importance and-needless to say- imminent tragedy. Vader is on a rampage in this comic book, and in here, we’re able to see him display full power against all odds, since Mon Cala is entirely aquatic, and the Imperials had a hard time getting through its defenses, now, we see Vader being almost done and put to the very limit of his suit’s capabilities, so when we see him put up a fight against a giant aqua-beast, as well as the Jedi who’s hiding under King Lee-Char’s protection, is completely earned and, as well as in the previous issues, completely engaging and satisfying to witness. There is also Tarkin in the table, and it’s always a giant plus to see him in any Star Wars-related arc. Here, he is demonstrating great military knowledge and strategy to get through Mon Cala’s defenses, but also, he’s showcasing plenty intimidating-authoritarian power to his generals, and that settles for his chemistry and relationship towards Vader: both know how to be dreadful but committed leaders who rather prefer respect and fear, over appreciation from their men. The final issue in this volume also explores (in a rather interestingly odd way) how their relationship works and how their respective roles are defined, as co-workers and, as well, as some of the Emperor’s most important henchmen. The newest hidden-Jedi addition to this series is Master Ferren Barr, a former member of the Jedi Order, and a fugitive who has been attempting to recruit several Force-sensitive pupils, to rise against the Imperial Forces. Now, it will be Vader and his Inquisitors, against Barr and his apprentices, all while Mon Cala is battling against the Empire for their own freedom, and as expected, this is the most climatic point in the series, and a show-stealer, considering the twist around the character of Barr and how his revelations will explode upcoming events in the saga. That’s another nice touch from writer Charles Soule; how he manages to grant certain importance to minor characters from previous stories, event if they will not be around for long. In the case of Barr, I liked how his character went from a certain established point, to another, adding intrigue and weight to the Jedi stereotype, mostly due to his awareness of who Vader really is, or used to be. I think I’ve come to dig Giuseppe Camuncoli as an artist the more I get invested in this. Again, his art is not horrible, but is far from being some of the best in Star Wars comics. Maybe in the 90s, where this was a fancy take on style that’s more cartoon and overly colorful, but “cool” enough. I admit his style got better in the previous volume, but again, here, he gets certain designs right, like the Mon Calamari and some of the backgrounds. Vader doesn’t look as smooth as before, again, for some reason Camuncoli at times doesn’t seem to be able to nail the geometric proportions of the helmet, so at times it really doesn’t land. But generally, is an acceptable display of pencils and panels, and never interfere with the impact the story can accomplish. Again, this story is heading into really satisfying corners. I was eager to read something that’ll take me back to the early Aaron/Gillen days, back when these new series started at Marvel Comics, and this one is a title I’ll definitely hold onto with certain appreciation. Let’s hope the fourth and final volume might deliver the finale it promises as a series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Almost read this last Thursday, before realising that it would be an ill omen to read anything about evil ascendant on an election day. So just think, maybe things could somehow have been even worse! But it does feel distinctly timely: “If Palpatine’s enforcers are former Jedi, why don’t you tell someone? Wouldn’t that undermine the Emperor’s rule?” “Perhaps earlier, just after his ascension, it might have made a difference. But now, no one would care. Even if anyone paid attention, Palpatine wou Almost read this last Thursday, before realising that it would be an ill omen to read anything about evil ascendant on an election day. So just think, maybe things could somehow have been even worse! But it does feel distinctly timely: “If Palpatine’s enforcers are former Jedi, why don’t you tell someone? Wouldn’t that undermine the Emperor’s rule?” “Perhaps earlier, just after his ascension, it might have made a difference. But now, no one would care. Even if anyone paid attention, Palpatine would simply lie, as he always lies. And in these times it is safer to believe the lie, and so the lie becomes the truth.” And so what initially seemed like a fairly rote story of skulduggery, making too many references to cartoons I’ve not seen, curdles into something horribly pertinent, where desperate times seemingly leave no option but for the Jedi remnants to adopt methods worthy of the Sith…and yet still, inevitably, lose. And all of this drawn by Camuncoli, who unlike some of the Star Wars comics artists isn’t trying just to catch a likeness – he draws recognisable people, but in his own style, not such that it looks like a tracing. So we see Camuncoli’s Ewan McGregor, Camuncoli’s Peter Cushing, his AT-ATs and Ackbar too. Though not, alas, much in the way of Quarren. There are ingenious twists, and at the end a faint glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, decades hence, what has been done here might bear some fruit of freedom, though for now there is only darkness. I imagine this read as less of a downer if one was buying it monthly, where it was coming out at the same time as Kieron Gillen’s story about Mon Cala’s ultimate escape from the Imperial yoke imposed on it here. But read in isolation, and now, that light feels even fainter. The main story is followed by a somewhat implausible coda issue with a fairly obvious reveal, and an annual tying the series more closely to Rogue One. Which…well, it’s drawn by Leonard Kirk, who is fine, but seeing him draw Krennic and Galen Erso doesn’t have the same charge as those Camuncoli renditions. And fitting within the interstices of a story that was already a prequel means the resolution to the plot is almost obliged to be an anticlimax. Still, Wendig does offer a very interesting reading of Vader’s disdain for the Death Star: he just can’t bear not being the scariest thing in the galaxy anymore.

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