While this new series has hardly been without its flaws so far, it has succeeded in justifying Marvel’s decision to publish a new Darth Vader comic so soon after wrapping up the previous volume. Aesthetically, tonally and in terms of setting, this Darth Vader comic feels like a whole different animal.
The time period is the single most crucial difference between this Darth Vader comic and its predecessor. Whereas Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca explored a Vader at the height of his power and mastery of the Dark Side, Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli are working with a much weaker and more uncertain Vader. His broken body lacks the raw power it once wielded as Anakin Skywalker, and he’s years away from becoming the precise, imposing warrior who singlehandedly hacks his way through Rebel armies. He’s uniquely vulnerable at this stage in his career, and that’s a fact that creative team continue to seize on in this issue.