Review: Darth Vader and the Lost Command by Haden Blackman

Source: Dark Horse/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Edition: Egalley, 128 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy Retelling
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

Still haunted by the death of Anakin Skywalker’s beloved Padme in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader is tasked with a mission to locate a lost Imperial expeditionary force – led by the son of Vader’s rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin. But the perils of Vader’s journey into the unexplored Ghost Nebula are compounded by traitors among his crew and the presence of the system’s religious leader, the beautiful and mysterious Lady Saro.

It is no secret that I love Star Wars, Darth Vader, and the 501st…so I barely even hesitated before I requested this one from Dark Horse. As much as I adore the Star Wars galaxy this one sort of fell short for me, perhaps that is through my own fault as I was expecting more from it.

It’s a relatively short graphic novel of about 128 pages on Adobe Editions, I’ve read a few other graphic novels of this length but they have all been apart of a series or were a bunch of short stories. I honestly felt that this should have been longer. It has all the elements the story needed and it was told wonderfully with great artwork, but it just kind of happened so fast that I barely got a feel for the situation. I think in this case having a little extra in the storyline would have been great and fleshed it out some more.

The artwork is usually what I call ‘sketch’ because of how it doesn’t have definite lines, and this normally bothers me but I feel that it fit the story and situation better here.

Overall I did enjoy the novel but I didn’t find it gripping or particularly fascinating. I would recommend this to hardcore Star Wars fans looking for a light read to fill in the ‘visual’ gaps of the universe.

3 star

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1 Response to Review: Darth Vader and the Lost Command by Haden Blackman

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