Darth Vader is one of the most iconic characters in all of cinematic history, let alone film villains. However, if there is one guy who can bring something new and interesting to this famed character, it's Haden Blackman, writer of highly-praised "Batwoman" series released by DC Comics, as well as multiple "Star Wars"-related projects, including the "Force Unleashed" video games and a large number of comic books, a few of which involve Vader himself. In this story, Vader is sent to the planet Atoan in order to rescue the son of Grand Moff Tarkin. While on the planet, Vader will face challenges that will show why he is one of the most powerful Sith Lords ever. The script for this book feels right at home in a "Star Wars"-like way (not referring to the prequels). All of the characters previously featured in some way all feel in-character, especially Vader. This book is very Vader-centric and I wouldn't have it any other way. Vader's character is very much accurate, while also kind of new. During the story, Vader fantasizes about his wife and what it would be like if he had killed Palpatine during "Revenge of the Sith", instead of Mace Windu. These fantasies are infrequent and serve to add to the story, not detract from it. The art, by Rick Leonardi, is very stylized and somewhat cartoony, even resembling the artwork of "Star Wars: Clone Wars" (the older series from before Episode III was released). While the art may not be entirely "realistic", it is not at all bad (I happen to like it a lot) and it matches the tone of the story. The story and the art compliment each other very effectively in this book, and that's why I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Note: Blackman is also writing "Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison".