Darth Vader & The Lost Command Hardcover Collection (Comic Review)

Title: Darth Vader & The Lost Command
Author: Haden Blackman
Illustrator: Rick Leonardi
Pages: 128

Story - Still haunted by the death of Anakin Skywalker's beloved Padmé 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, Lady Saro.

The story is really an interesting read. The highlight of the story is definitely Vader. We see another side of Vader in this story, we see Vader questioning whether he made the right decision or not, with joining the Emperor. His dreams of Padme and family that he could of had, really makes you emphasize with Vader. However that really makes this story more enjoyable, as you see Vader take on his mission and unleash his rage and brutal ways, it makes you really think whether he has fully turn to the Darkside, or is he taking out his anger from his decision. It's a great read for fans of Star Wars. Haden Blackman gives an more interesting glance at the mind of Vader and fans will pleased, with the what if sequences that Vader thinks ups once he is alone. The story has conflict, turmoil and some cool action scenes as well.

Art - The art is not what I expected, but that isn't a bad thing. The art is very detail and some pictures look like color sketches which looks wonderful, during Vader's dream sequence. The details and battles look great and the emotion on Vader's eyes is greatly shown. Some might be thrown off by the art style, but it fits the story and universe.

Final Grade B-/8.0 - Darth Vader & The Lost Command is fun, dark and sad when you the layers of Vader is paid off. It's a nice look at Vader ruthless ways, but you can still see the good in him.