The saga that Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca have created has come to a fitting end in Darth Vader #25.
The book is just plain good. It has all the storytelling you expected from previous issues and a wrap up that kept me thinking, "wow, hell of a plan." The way they have portrayed Vader in these standalone books can only be described as awesome. Some have said they ruined Vader’s character with the prequels, but I don’t think that at all. I think you are looking at him from a different perspective. Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker are not the same people until he comes to realize in Jedi the errors of his ways and these show firsthand the power of the dark side.
Darth Vader is who we thought he was. He is the apprentice who wants to do everything in his power to impress the emperor and when the emperor decided to demote the sith lord when the young force user Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star. Vader knew something must be done. His plan was if you remember to rule the galaxy as Father and Son. Sith rule only two. No more no less. The Emperor cannot know his plan. Dr. Aphra being the only one who knows his plan is being hunted down by the evil twin droids of R2-D2 and C-3PO Triple Zero and Beetee. Their primary directive is changed when they “technically complete” their mission and end up helping confront the Emperor with Dr. Aphra herself.
Vader in the meantime is confronting the traitorous scientist Cylo to end things once and for all. This is where you see the power of the dark side. Anakin is the chosen one. It was proved when Darth Maul and Tyranus failed their tests. Why do you think Chancellor Palpatine had Anakin cut off Dooku's hands and end him for good? When Anakin was put into his suit his creator Cylo created a contingency plan to deactivate the suit when threatened. His plan falters. Even after confronting his enemy, Cylo, reconvening with Dr. Aphra and being forced to tell his side of the story before the Emperor. He still comes out as top bad guy and ends up with the ultimate prize the Executor The imperial navy’s new flagship and back as the Emperor's right-hand man.
I can’t describe the style Larroca was trying to pull off especially when he drew and had filled in the specific scenes from Revenge of the Sith, but he sure can capture the expressions of a man in a mask, and I do know Star Wars. This proved to be an intense addition to the new canon. You have never seen Darth Vader in this state. It is what we always wanted.
From what once was supposed to be a mini-series has turned into a 25 book series with a crossover special that you cannot put down. I'm looking forward to GIllen's mystery new Star Wars project might bring.
Whole series 9.5 out of 10