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Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak, Vol. 3: War of the Bounty Hunters

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Returned to the fold after his rebellion against the Emperor, Darth Vader faces the horrors of reconstruction in the secret laboratories of Coruscant. As he blacks out under the knife, does the Dark Lord of the Sith still dream of revenge against his master? Or do his thoughts drift towards his son…and the friends who make Luke Skywalker so vulnerable? Don’t miss this next Returned to the fold after his rebellion against the Emperor, Darth Vader faces the horrors of reconstruction in the secret laboratories of Coruscant. As he blacks out under the knife, does the Dark Lord of the Sith still dream of revenge against his master? Or do his thoughts drift towards his son…and the friends who make Luke Skywalker so vulnerable? Don’t miss this next critical new chapter in Darth Vader’s ongoing evolution — featuring the revelation of the first time Vader learned the name Han Solo! What does the War of the Bounty Hunters mean for Vader’s ongoing schemes? COLLECTING: Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) 12-16


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Returned to the fold after his rebellion against the Emperor, Darth Vader faces the horrors of reconstruction in the secret laboratories of Coruscant. As he blacks out under the knife, does the Dark Lord of the Sith still dream of revenge against his master? Or do his thoughts drift towards his son…and the friends who make Luke Skywalker so vulnerable? Don’t miss this next Returned to the fold after his rebellion against the Emperor, Darth Vader faces the horrors of reconstruction in the secret laboratories of Coruscant. As he blacks out under the knife, does the Dark Lord of the Sith still dream of revenge against his master? Or do his thoughts drift towards his son…and the friends who make Luke Skywalker so vulnerable? Don’t miss this next critical new chapter in Darth Vader’s ongoing evolution — featuring the revelation of the first time Vader learned the name Han Solo! What does the War of the Bounty Hunters mean for Vader’s ongoing schemes? COLLECTING: Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) 12-16

30 review for Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak, Vol. 3: War of the Bounty Hunters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    The third volume of Greg Pak’s “Darth Vader” series is an arc that finds itself tasked with two distinct narrative duties: a.) building upon (and in some cases, wrapping up rather decidedly) the storylines laid out over the course of the previous two arcs in the series, and b.) tying its story into the ongoing “War of the Bounty Hunter” event in a way that feels meaningful and, ideally, not overly corporate-mandated. For the most part, writer Greg Pak does a decent job with accomplishing both ta The third volume of Greg Pak’s “Darth Vader” series is an arc that finds itself tasked with two distinct narrative duties: a.) building upon (and in some cases, wrapping up rather decidedly) the storylines laid out over the course of the previous two arcs in the series, and b.) tying its story into the ongoing “War of the Bounty Hunter” event in a way that feels meaningful and, ideally, not overly corporate-mandated. For the most part, writer Greg Pak does a decent job with accomplishing both tasks: issues 12-16 do a commendable job of contributing to the narrative needs of the broader franchise-wide event while never wholly forsaking the series’ own forward momentum. It’s an impressive balancing act, the kind that makes you wish that all ongoing comics series were quite as adept at integrating events events into their ongoing story progressions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    A great book. Since surviving his masters trial Darth Vader is even more galvanised to what he wants. More powerful then ever, he is in for the long game, but he has not forgotten about Luke. This book takes place during the War of Bounty Hunters. There are a lot of games and strings being pulled. Yes Vader is a kick the front door open and kill everyone but he knows about strategy. Though he is there to make people fear him. A few people might need a reminder. I really enjoyed the study used in A great book. Since surviving his masters trial Darth Vader is even more galvanised to what he wants. More powerful then ever, he is in for the long game, but he has not forgotten about Luke. This book takes place during the War of Bounty Hunters. There are a lot of games and strings being pulled. Yes Vader is a kick the front door open and kill everyone but he knows about strategy. Though he is there to make people fear him. A few people might need a reminder. I really enjoyed the study used in Star Wars Volume one. There Luke keeps looking back at his fight with Vader. This time it us Vader reminiscing about his past and making promises. Thus book has a lot of intrigued and lots of action. A great reminder that Vader is the man. I can't wait for volume three. I look forward to seeing who else need a personal reminder from him.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Usually the Darth Vader stories are highly intriguing to me, but I was somewhat disappointed in this one. After reading the other three War of the Bounty Hunters installments in publication order, I had some interesting expectations of what might happen, especially with Crimson Dawn. Perhaps the writers didn't want to get too repetitive? It was still a great Vader story. He works with a bounty hunter to not only retrieve Han in carbonite, but to sway the bids and outcomes related to Crimson Dawn Usually the Darth Vader stories are highly intriguing to me, but I was somewhat disappointed in this one. After reading the other three War of the Bounty Hunters installments in publication order, I had some interesting expectations of what might happen, especially with Crimson Dawn. Perhaps the writers didn't want to get too repetitive? It was still a great Vader story. He works with a bounty hunter to not only retrieve Han in carbonite, but to sway the bids and outcomes related to Crimson Dawn operations. This arc felt a little bit all over the place at times, perhaps not fully in chronological order, and any time shifts were rather unclear. Vader still seeks Luke, but seemingly wants to kill him at this point, which felt out of character to me. As per usual with the Vader comics, the art is phenomenal. Sometimes I find myself just admiring the details, especially on Vader himself, for a good solid few minutes before moving on. There is quite a bit of promise with where Vader's story might go, as he has his ties with Luke, and now finds a new adversary in the return of Crimson Dawn.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    **Review is for all six volumes (34 collected issues across 6 titles) A jumbo-sized crossover that fulfils its promise and brings four line together, tells a cohesive story, and leaves each thread set to go off in it's own direction again. And yet, and yet... Whether it's a little too big, or a little too repetitive (several times half an issue is a near repeat of an earlier one from a different title) or a little too predictably predestined (the plot can hold no real surprise since we all know **Review is for all six volumes (34 collected issues across 6 titles) A jumbo-sized crossover that fulfils its promise and brings four line together, tells a cohesive story, and leaves each thread set to go off in it's own direction again. And yet, and yet... Whether it's a little too big, or a little too repetitive (several times half an issue is a near repeat of an earlier one from a different title) or a little too predictably predestined (the plot can hold no real surprise since we all know the events of Return of The Jedi are coming). Because of that, the most interesting and entertaining bits were the side-quests and filler one-shots, places where character could be developed without the burdens of the plodding plot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    Nice to see a new angle here with the Crimson Dawn and Qi'ra. I'm excited for the next wave of titles. Nice to see a new angle here with the Crimson Dawn and Qi'ra. I'm excited for the next wave of titles.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joey Nardinelli

    Marvel crossover events can be pretty messy, especially when tracking where characters are both in time and space relative to one another and the events unfolding within the narrative. This, too, was the experience I had with the Vector crossover event back when Dark Horse had the Star Wars license. Here, too, and especially in this volume, I felt constantly lost. I know there are meant to be betrayals and the like, but Pak jumps around so often and so abruptly here that I felt like this was may Marvel crossover events can be pretty messy, especially when tracking where characters are both in time and space relative to one another and the events unfolding within the narrative. This, too, was the experience I had with the Vector crossover event back when Dark Horse had the Star Wars license. Here, too, and especially in this volume, I felt constantly lost. I know there are meant to be betrayals and the like, but Pak jumps around so often and so abruptly here that I felt like this was maybe all entirely plot filler to some of the other, hopefully more coherent pieces focusing more in Boba Fett and Han Solo. Even the Aphra volume in this series felt more coherent than this mess. I want to like Ochi, but his sudden arc at the end of this feels silly. Vader exists mostly through internal monologuing in this and it feels unremarkable. The content involving Sly Moore, who used to be pretty mysterious in the Legends EU, is just…pointless and boring. A possibly affiliation with Crimson Dawn needed to be more explicit and teased far earlier in this. I’m also still totally baffled about Vaders knowledge of Exegol now — that feels like something that MUST be explored more but is simply being cast as cause for his doubled-down loyalty to the Emperor. I know Pak can do the Vader stories justice, but he sure isn’t here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ozro Davis

    Like the other War of the Bounty Hunters tie-ins, Darth Vader's story works much better when read alongside the main event. Fortunately, the connections here do not result in constant back and forths like some of the other books. Like the two volumes of Pak's run that came before, this volume spends a lot of time inside Vader's head, which is always a treat. He gives a great perspective to Vader's inner struggle during the Original Trilogy that we don't see at all in the films, rounding out an a Like the other War of the Bounty Hunters tie-ins, Darth Vader's story works much better when read alongside the main event. Fortunately, the connections here do not result in constant back and forths like some of the other books. Like the two volumes of Pak's run that came before, this volume spends a lot of time inside Vader's head, which is always a treat. He gives a great perspective to Vader's inner struggle during the Original Trilogy that we don't see at all in the films, rounding out an already legendary villain. Where this volume falters, though, is when it does have to tie in to the main story. Vader's role in WOTBH is important, but actually pretty small, and I think it plays out better in his short scenes in the main event miniseries. Those scenes, shown again in part here, don't add much to the character-centric story going on with Vader. There are interesting conflicts between him and the Emperor's other advisors that get muddied up by throwing them into this bigger story. It's still an entertaining book with some great moments. But the event tie-ins bring it to a halt a bit too much.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Greg Pak continues to do an awesome job of entertaining classic Star Wars, the prequels and the Disney era. As with Soule’s main Star Wars book I wouldn’t recommend reading this if you haven’t read the War of the Bounty Hunters. Though it’s more standalone than the Star Wars tie-in volume was there’s still a lot of stepping around the big events of WotBH and even some stuff that take places, like, in between foot steps of other tie-in issues, which is kind of frustrating. Overall though, having Greg Pak continues to do an awesome job of entertaining classic Star Wars, the prequels and the Disney era. As with Soule’s main Star Wars book I wouldn’t recommend reading this if you haven’t read the War of the Bounty Hunters. Though it’s more standalone than the Star Wars tie-in volume was there’s still a lot of stepping around the big events of WotBH and even some stuff that take places, like, in between foot steps of other tie-in issues, which is kind of frustrating. Overall though, having already read WotBH, this was really cool and probably one of my favorite volumes on Marvel’s post-Empire Strikes Back era.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Somehow manages to play along with the War of the Bounty Hunters event without totally sidetracking the character development Pak had been working towards, which isn't a minor victory. But if this is what that event is like, call me wildly uninterested. I am, however, interested in seeing what else happens with Moore and Ochi. Somehow manages to play along with the War of the Bounty Hunters event without totally sidetracking the character development Pak had been working towards, which isn't a minor victory. But if this is what that event is like, call me wildly uninterested. I am, however, interested in seeing what else happens with Moore and Ochi.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Vader, now bent on leveraging Solo to get to Luke, has moved from his focus on his rebellion against the Emperor. Pak continues to deliver the goods in this action packed story with beautiful panels. This story ties in great with the overarching narrative of the War of the Bounty Hunters event. I am so excited to see what's next! Vader, now bent on leveraging Solo to get to Luke, has moved from his focus on his rebellion against the Emperor. Pak continues to deliver the goods in this action packed story with beautiful panels. This story ties in great with the overarching narrative of the War of the Bounty Hunters event. I am so excited to see what's next!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robby

    I enjoyed the intrigue involving Palpatine's Umbaran administrator Sly Moore, a character I had not seen much of outside the prequel films. This ended rather abruptly though, and most of the rest is just added detail to the main War of the Bounty Hunters event. Just when I was getting tired of (view spoiler)[ Ochi (hide spoiler)] , the ending renewed my interest in the character going forward. I enjoyed the intrigue involving Palpatine's Umbaran administrator Sly Moore, a character I had not seen much of outside the prequel films. This ended rather abruptly though, and most of the rest is just added detail to the main War of the Bounty Hunters event. Just when I was getting tired of (view spoiler)[ Ochi (hide spoiler)] , the ending renewed my interest in the character going forward.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martijn Van

    If there ever was a time to start reading Star Wars comics, that time is now. Where the run between A Now Hope and Empire strikes back lost focus along the way, the run between Empire strikes back and Return of the Jedi keeps goings strong. This volume (Darth Vader vol 3) shoulnd't be read as a stand alone story (like some others) but is a strong chapter in the ongoing series. If there ever was a time to start reading Star Wars comics, that time is now. Where the run between A Now Hope and Empire strikes back lost focus along the way, the run between Empire strikes back and Return of the Jedi keeps goings strong. This volume (Darth Vader vol 3) shoulnd't be read as a stand alone story (like some others) but is a strong chapter in the ongoing series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maeva

    Hmmmm... Un peu ennuyant et perturbant niveau timeline. L'histoire n'est pas vraiment intéressante et Vader est trop absent à mon goût mais j'ai hâte du prochain tome pour en voir plus sur Crimson Dawn. Hmmmm... Un peu ennuyant et perturbant niveau timeline. L'histoire n'est pas vraiment intéressante et Vader est trop absent à mon goût mais j'ai hâte du prochain tome pour en voir plus sur Crimson Dawn.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Lovett

    Still entirely readable despite being tied to a line-wide event. It does suffer a little due to the tie-in that, with Vader featured in the main series, it shifts some of its focus to the less interesting secondary characters. Still solid, though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alacritous13

    Was weaker than previous volumes. Lacked a voice of its own, instead it built on the War of the Bounty Hunters event. In some issues they tie in directly with the Star Wars 2020 series, in others, it just feels like they're stalling for time. Really like Ochi of Bestoon. Was weaker than previous volumes. Lacked a voice of its own, instead it built on the War of the Bounty Hunters event. In some issues they tie in directly with the Star Wars 2020 series, in others, it just feels like they're stalling for time. Really like Ochi of Bestoon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    This almost reads like "Hey, don't forget, we're in the middle of a multi-book story arc here!" This almost reads like "Hey, don't forget, we're in the middle of a multi-book story arc here!"

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nini

    Honestly I had a very hard time reading this arc. Vader and Luke were the only interesting storylines in this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Puckett

    I liked this set, but for a Vader comic series... I felt like It got minimal Vader. Here's hoping the next set delivers. I liked this set, but for a Vader comic series... I felt like It got minimal Vader. Here's hoping the next set delivers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eye-ra

    I’m truly a sucker for anything Star Wars/Vader related, so I’m easy prey. Seeing the little corners of the time in between here and there from the movies be filled in is just so much fun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Moon

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Whalen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jakob Free

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Misael

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex Hanlon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Lund

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Parks

  27. 4 out of 5

    Roy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thierry Ullmann

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Kane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jon Harrison

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