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Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command by [Blackman, Haden]
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About the Author

Haden Blackman is a producer at LucasArts, he has written numerous Star Wars-related titles including Clone Wars 2 - Victories & Sacrifices, Clone Wars 3 - Last Stand on Jabiim and Jango Fett - Open Season. Rick Leonardi is famous for his work on Amazing Spiderman, Daredevil, Green Lantern, Nightwing and Spawn.

Product Details

  • File Size: 153776 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Reprint edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A820THY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on November 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND does something that's been sorely needed since the prequel films: It actually attempts to show you how the whiny, petulant brat that George Lucas presented in the prequel trilogy could possibly become the baddest mutha in the Galaxy.

THE LOST COMMAND takes place shortly after Anakin's transformation in Darth Vader, and the psychological damage Vader suffered in the aftermath of the death of his beloved Padme is fully on display. The tortured Dark Lord is sent on a mission to find a missing Imperial expedition (The "Lost Command" of the title....) headed up by Garoche Tarkin, the Son of Vader's rival, Moff Tarkin. The mission does not go as planned, and as things go south, Vader frantically plots and maneuvers, desperate to reach the outcome desired by his Master, Emperor Palpatine.

Writer Hayden Blackman and Artist Rick Leonardi deliver a Vader I've never seen before: Driven, desperate, tortured by his actions, but stuck in the position those actions have put him in. This is gripping stuff, and any Darth Vader fan will find a lot to enjoy in STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND.

On a side note, Dark Horse continues to drive me nuts by not including a cover gallery in their collected editions. There is one cover from the original mini-series featured. That's just a disgrace, especially considering the price of this book. I was especially disappointed that they saw fit to leave the 25th anniversary variant of the first issue out. Please, PLEASE, start including a cover gallery, Dark Horse!
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This graphic book does a good job of showing a bit more of Vader as a new Sith Lord, especially the working of his vitality lifesuit lung and fake limbs. One gets the impression that the "experimental construct" known as Lord Vader requires quite a bit of routine maintenence as well as improvements and upgrades. It is also good to see that Vader is haunted, even tormented by the images and scenarios presented by the lurking ghost of Padme which add to his psycological downward spiral stacking onto his rage at some points making him exponentially volatile. The novel also shows that Vader still has some of that charge in recklessness of Anakin within him, which almost costs him dearly. My suggestion....this is a very quick, fun, good read and if you are really into Vader, then that makes it impressive.....MOST IMPRESSIVE! Hoping this helps the Star Wars Nation....MTFBWY
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Format: Hardcover
We all love the guys behind the masks! Boba Fett has always been a fan favorite and Darth Vader is the guy we love to hate. This graphic novel unmasks Vader just after he stopped being Emo Anikan and before he has completely become the deliciously dark Sith lord he "grows" into. The first/last three films gave us a good idea of how Vader was re-born, but this series gives you an insight what was going on in his post angst mind as he developed into one of the darkest dudes in the galaxy. These novels will help you fall back in love with an evil character that frankly became much less after the first three Star Wars films.
Dark Horse delivers when it comes to the art on this one and the single panel pages continue to take the readers breath away. There seems to be a trend with Dark Horse to use cold blues and stark whites for many of the background colors and then switch to warm earthy browns and tans for flashback sequences. I understand that colors played a big part of the first three Star Wars movies, but they might give it a bit of a rest in the comics.
There are a few frames that show just how messed up Vader is after his run in with hot molten lava and a light saber. Vader's shell of a body is truly symbolic of the shell of his physic. We see that while racked with physical pain, that pain is nothing compared to the mental torture he is feeling over the loss of the love of his life. But behind all of that pain is the mind that would make Machiavelli think twice. I enjoyed the way Vader used the mission the Emperor put him on, to appease his master, undermine his rival and up his stock as a right hand man. Not a small feat considering who he was up against.
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Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command isn't something that was on my reading list, but it was on sale for $3.99 on Amazon, so I gave it a try. Nineteen years before the Battle of Yavin, Darth Vader is haunted by the loss of his wife, Padme. He is sent by the Emperor to the Ghost Nebula to find Admiral Garoche Tarkin, the son of Grand Moff Tarkin. There, he finds a local priestess, Lady Saro, with her sights set on becoming Queen of the Ghost Nebula. Her offering? She can help Vader find Admiral Tarkin.

Don't get me wrong; this is a good story, but what makes this comic special is the characters created by George Lucas, namely Darth Vader and the Emperor. Still, while reading it, I could hear the Star Wars theme in my head. That sort of synergy between the comic and the original movies doesn't come easily. And yes, I was interested to see more of Vader. He's a cool character, and Darth Vader and the Lost Command remains faithful to that character. Recommended for fans of Star Wars. ***3/4
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