Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Raffaele Ienco
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 23, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
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Star Wars: Darth Vader #13 written by Greg Pak, with artwork by Raffaele Ienco, is a tie-in to the “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event. In this issue, Vader travels deep in the heart of Hutt space to Zee-Nine city seven, a droid-run pirate repair center and data hub in hopes of finding the carbonite frozen Han Solo. Vader’s ultimate goal – find Luke and destroy him. In the meantime, he must first contend with droid IG-88.
Although Star Wars: Darth Vader #13 is a tie-in to the “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event; this issue can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone comic. Pak does a really good job writing a story that can be read as both a tie-in as well as a stand-alone. The story itself does not add much to the overall crossover, but it’s clear that Vader’s current course of action will eventually bring him center stage with the characters in the other Star Wars titles.
I especially love the way Pak brings readers into the mind and thoughts of Vader. His use of flashback panels and narration really allow me to understand what Vader is feeling. This is especially brilliant due to the fact that Vader’s helmet doesn’t allow for facial expression. We can only understand and relate to what he is feeling through the narration and flashbacks. The artwork and style by Raffaele Ienco are very good and compliment the story, adding another layer of enjoyment to the overall story.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #13 is another solid tie-in issue in the “Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event. Readers who are currently reading the entire storyline will not be disappointed. Readers who are just reading this series will also be happy that it can be read as a stand-alone issue. Finally, new readers can also jump aboard here and not be confused by what has come before. In this reviewer’s opinion, it’s an issue to be enjoyed by all Star Wars fans. Check it out!