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Darth Vader failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all these years…and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine…and now it is time for Vader’s next lesson. Now, left battered and broken by his punishment, the Dark Lord drags himself across the scorched surfac Darth Vader failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all these years…and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine…and now it is time for Vader’s next lesson. Now, left battered and broken by his punishment, the Dark Lord drags himself across the scorched surface of Mustafar with vengeance on his mind! But as Vader closes in on the key to Palpatine’s greatest secret, the deadly assassin Ochi of Bestoon stands in his way. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives, with the fate of the Emperor in the balance — but how much of this deadly scenario is Palpatine’s grand plan? ​COLLECTING: Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) 6-11


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Darth Vader failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all these years…and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine…and now it is time for Vader’s next lesson. Now, left battered and broken by his punishment, the Dark Lord drags himself across the scorched surfac Darth Vader failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all these years…and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine…and now it is time for Vader’s next lesson. Now, left battered and broken by his punishment, the Dark Lord drags himself across the scorched surface of Mustafar with vengeance on his mind! But as Vader closes in on the key to Palpatine’s greatest secret, the deadly assassin Ochi of Bestoon stands in his way. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives, with the fate of the Emperor in the balance — but how much of this deadly scenario is Palpatine’s grand plan? ​COLLECTING: Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) 6-11

30 review for Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak, Vol. 2: Into The Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khurram

    A great book. Vader has failed his master. Worse he has been cought with feelings of weakness. Now he must pay the price. First a reminder of who is the Master and how is the Apprentice. Then in his broken form Vader must take on all the resources of Palpatine, as both Emperor and Sith Lord, has to throw at him. Can Vader survive to discover Palpatine's secret. Vader is taken to where it all begins, he must confront his inner turmoil, as well as soldiers and assassins trying to kill him. A couple o A great book. Vader has failed his master. Worse he has been cought with feelings of weakness. Now he must pay the price. First a reminder of who is the Master and how is the Apprentice. Then in his broken form Vader must take on all the resources of Palpatine, as both Emperor and Sith Lord, has to throw at him. Can Vader survive to discover Palpatine's secret. Vader is taken to where it all begins, he must confront his inner turmoil, as well as soldiers and assassins trying to kill him. A couple of tie ins to the Rise of Skywalker. Great art, awesome story and I cannot wait to see what is next for Lord Vader.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Two volumes in already, and Greg Pak’s “Darth Vader” series has somehow – not unimpressively – managed to secure itself as not only one of Marvel’s very best current ongoing series, but also justified itself as “must-read” reading for “Star Wars” fans. Volume 2 sees Pak tying Vader’s post-Empire-Strikes-Back, pre-Return-of-the-Jedi story directly into the narrative beats of The Rise of Skywalker (no spoilers here), in ways that feel surprising, but also fully in-keeping with where Vader is at, c Two volumes in already, and Greg Pak’s “Darth Vader” series has somehow – not unimpressively – managed to secure itself as not only one of Marvel’s very best current ongoing series, but also justified itself as “must-read” reading for “Star Wars” fans. Volume 2 sees Pak tying Vader’s post-Empire-Strikes-Back, pre-Return-of-the-Jedi story directly into the narrative beats of The Rise of Skywalker (no spoilers here), in ways that feel surprising, but also fully in-keeping with where Vader is at, character-wise, in this stage of his story. It’s an impressive coup of narrative juggling that Pak is pulling off, a feat that is made all the more impressive when anchored by Raffaele Ienco’s crisp pencil-work, which consistently serves to accentuate the more dramatic points of the slam-bang story. As a quality comic reading experience, “Darth Vader” might not be the most hyped or promoted “Star Wars” series currently on the shelves…but issue-for-issue, it’s hard to argue that it’s not the best.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Dragging out for six issues a story that could have been done in three is a major step backwards from the decent - if not impressive - first volume, and a painfully forced connection to the awful sequel trilogy does the story no favors.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    OK so THAT'S what all the fuss was about a few months back. Lord Vader is back on Coruscant after letting Luke Skywalker escape him on Bespin, and his quarterly performance review is not going well. Not much else I can say here that wouldn't be terrifically spoiler-y still, so suffice to say it's a white-knuckled story of willpower and survival from here on out, and while the previous volume worked to connect this era's Vader to the saga of Episodes I-III this time it ties very much into where it OK so THAT'S what all the fuss was about a few months back. Lord Vader is back on Coruscant after letting Luke Skywalker escape him on Bespin, and his quarterly performance review is not going well. Not much else I can say here that wouldn't be terrifically spoiler-y still, so suffice to say it's a white-knuckled story of willpower and survival from here on out, and while the previous volume worked to connect this era's Vader to the saga of Episodes I-III this time it ties very much into where it is headed in Episodes VII-IX.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Darth Vader should really be a fairly straight forward character. Even given the additional characterisation that the prequel movies gave him, you wouldn't think that Marvel would be able to produce not one but three ongoing series that examine Vader in different eras and add more to his character arc that isn't already there. And...yet. This second arc of Greg Pak's series sends a destroyed Vader back to Mustafar for a new test from the Emperor. With some bounty hunters, a prophetic alien head mo Darth Vader should really be a fairly straight forward character. Even given the additional characterisation that the prequel movies gave him, you wouldn't think that Marvel would be able to produce not one but three ongoing series that examine Vader in different eras and add more to his character arc that isn't already there. And...yet. This second arc of Greg Pak's series sends a destroyed Vader back to Mustafar for a new test from the Emperor. With some bounty hunters, a prophetic alien head monster, and a tie-in to Rise Of Skywalker of all things, these six issues propel Vader further down his arc towards Return Of The Jedi, giving us some more context for his eventual betrayal of the Emperor, as well as showing why he is one of the most resilient and feared characters in the Star Wars universe. Raffaelle Ienco's artwork is still a little static, especially in the lightsaber fights, but he's now pencilled 11 issues in a row without a fill-in and they all look fairly similar in terms of quality, so I don't have many complaints aside from that. Pak and Ienco's Darth Vader series manages to tread new ground even when you'd think there should be no further ground to tread. I'm as surprised as anyone that not only is this third Vader ongoing just as good as the previous two without going over the same old revelations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    meh!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Astrid

    I love this current run of the Darth Vader series. The flashbacks to the movies make it all the more special/nostalgic for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martijn Van

    Best Star Wars comic in a long time. Builds on a lot of Vader that has come before and makes stuff in Return of the Jedi and Rise of the Skywalker more powerful or logical.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Omni Theus

    This is Dark Stuff OVERALL RATING: 4.5 stars Art: 4 stars Prose: 4.25 stars Plot: 4.5 stars Pacing: 4.75 stars Character Development: 5 stars World Building: 3.5 stars Wow this was an immense improvement upon the last arc with all the brutality and suffering one expects from a Vader narrative. Palps is his proper self too. This story was outstanding and even though the final trilogy was a stink fest as far as I am concerned the linkage to Episode 9 was excellent and expertly done. If only Pak could have This is Dark Stuff OVERALL RATING: 4.5 stars Art: 4 stars Prose: 4.25 stars Plot: 4.5 stars Pacing: 4.75 stars Character Development: 5 stars World Building: 3.5 stars Wow this was an immense improvement upon the last arc with all the brutality and suffering one expects from a Vader narrative. Palps is his proper self too. This story was outstanding and even though the final trilogy was a stink fest as far as I am concerned the linkage to Episode 9 was excellent and expertly done. If only Pak could have written the final three films. Mightn't have put the franchise on ice/life support...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emiloid

    3.5 stars. Spends a tad too much time trying to fix TROS's plot holes, and Palpatine playing cat and mouse with Vader gets old when that was basically the entirety of Darth Vader (2015). Goddammit just give me more Vader/Anakin angst! But there were some trippy visuals I really loved, and seeing him beat up everyone is always satisfying. 3.5 stars. Spends a tad too much time trying to fix TROS's plot holes, and Palpatine playing cat and mouse with Vader gets old when that was basically the entirety of Darth Vader (2015). Goddammit just give me more Vader/Anakin angst! But there were some trippy visuals I really loved, and seeing him beat up everyone is always satisfying.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robby

    While the premise of Vader building himself up from scratch is intriguing, this basically becomes another Darth Vader-beats-everyone-up story pretty fast. But it is a fun ride, full of frightening psychedelic visuals and bizarre Dark Side creations. The ending is a bit weak, though we will see how it plays into future stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    So many plot holes from TROS tied up (and one from TESB, too!)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2 Into The Fire collects issues 6-11 of the series written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco. After Vader has failed to capture or turn Luke Skywalker (during the events of The Empire Strikes Back) and the events of volume 1, Palpatine takes his frustration out on his apprentice. Palpatine dismembers Vader's electronic limbs and leaves him back on Mustafar and orders him to rebuild himself without using the force. At the same time, Palpatine unleashes an assassin Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2 Into The Fire collects issues 6-11 of the series written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco. After Vader has failed to capture or turn Luke Skywalker (during the events of The Empire Strikes Back) and the events of volume 1, Palpatine takes his frustration out on his apprentice. Palpatine dismembers Vader's electronic limbs and leaves him back on Mustafar and orders him to rebuild himself without using the force. At the same time, Palpatine unleashes an assassin to take Vader out during his test. This is how you make an action book but also keep a plot. This story weaved all three trilogies together and showcased Vader's willpower. This book is all about making Vader a badass. I loved every second of this and was showing my wife panels as I was reading. All Star Wars fans should be reading this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    hyperspace

    This series is certainly an... interesting ride, but the more it tries to make sense of Rise of Skywalker, the more that ride becomes nonsensical. It's too bad, I think the author has a great grasp of Vader and Palatine's dynamic (issue #6 is a standout), but the constant beast slaughtering followed by revelations from Ochi gets old pretty quick. Also, there's an over reliance on flash backs to George Lucas' most emotional story moments, like shot for shot from the movies. There are rare instances This series is certainly an... interesting ride, but the more it tries to make sense of Rise of Skywalker, the more that ride becomes nonsensical. It's too bad, I think the author has a great grasp of Vader and Palatine's dynamic (issue #6 is a standout), but the constant beast slaughtering followed by revelations from Ochi gets old pretty quick. Also, there's an over reliance on flash backs to George Lucas' most emotional story moments, like shot for shot from the movies. There are rare instances where it's used effectively, like when Vader is left on the Mustafar sands, but otherwise it often feels like a cheap trick.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    It was great....until they tried to explain some plot problems in The Rise of Skywalker in the last issue.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

    I enjoy how this is a more holistic take on Vader, making him one with his time as Anakin. It even serves as a bridge through Rise of Skywalker. Fun stuff!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Max

    Flashing images, a lot of nonsense and referenes to the GREAT Trilogy plot. They lost my attenion when they have introduced Exegol. Such a waste of time. Avoid it !

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    I know this may not be everyone's flavor, but I love the context that Pak is adding to what was discovered in the storytelling of Rise of Skywalker in regard to Exogol. Pak is still giving us a NEW story that involves the long term plans of Darth Sidious and manages to mount the story to the upcoming events of The Bounty Hunter Wars. I am really enjoying Greg Pak's Vader run and I look forward to seeing Vader's story through these events. I know this may not be everyone's flavor, but I love the context that Pak is adding to what was discovered in the storytelling of Rise of Skywalker in regard to Exogol. Pak is still giving us a NEW story that involves the long term plans of Darth Sidious and manages to mount the story to the upcoming events of The Bounty Hunter Wars. I am really enjoying Greg Pak's Vader run and I look forward to seeing Vader's story through these events.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Some spoilers. Darth Vader grunts and groans to victory in this one. The first was barley good, this one is just bad and only gets two starts because it required so little time to finish. There was a lot of flash backs, lots, reminding me of the TV show episode where the studio pasts old episodes’ in for a ‘new episode’. Panel after panel of movie shots. But seriously Vader does grunt and groan a lot, and mopes also. For a lord of the Sith he sure comes across as a wimp at times. How many times Some spoilers. Darth Vader grunts and groans to victory in this one. The first was barley good, this one is just bad and only gets two starts because it required so little time to finish. There was a lot of flash backs, lots, reminding me of the TV show episode where the studio pasts old episodes’ in for a ‘new episode’. Panel after panel of movie shots. But seriously Vader does grunt and groan a lot, and mopes also. For a lord of the Sith he sure comes across as a wimp at times. How many times do we need to have Vader moping about Padme? There is the usual also where he fights all sorts of monsters and kills them. Then there is Ochi of Bastoon, who was supposed to be this fearsome Sith assassin but he was easily defeated by Vader then kept as a prisoner and whined the whole time, encoring Vader to run away at one point. Some assassin of the Sith. There was also a attempt to connect more to Rise of Skywalker but it was rather bland and felt kind of clumsy to me. And the end, it was rather incomprehensible and just sort of ended. Not even sure if I will continue. Possibly, since I get it free form the library, but I am not sure.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    OK, I did not see this coming... Greg Pak managed to tell a good Vader story that references events from Rise of Skywalker, Revenge of the Sith, and had the most pathetic assassin ever try to take out Vader when, as a punishment, the Emperor destroyed Vader's three artificial limbs and left him on Mustafar with the instruction that he needs to somehow survive without the use of the Force. There are droid pirates and giant tentacle monsters in this one, and Vader has one trippy encounter with a we OK, I did not see this coming... Greg Pak managed to tell a good Vader story that references events from Rise of Skywalker, Revenge of the Sith, and had the most pathetic assassin ever try to take out Vader when, as a punishment, the Emperor destroyed Vader's three artificial limbs and left him on Mustafar with the instruction that he needs to somehow survive without the use of the Force. There are droid pirates and giant tentacle monsters in this one, and Vader has one trippy encounter with a weird thing in a cave. Yeah, this was good stuff.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luke Wilson

    Incredible Greg Pak's Vader series is rivalling that of Charles Soule at this point. Fantastic art, compelling writing, and now even some very juicy details that link to The Rise of Skywalker. Speaking of which, this volume does a very good job of explaining some of the back story of that film, and filling in some gaps. Every Vader comic in the new Canon has been outstanding, increasingly so it seems. This is easily the best of Pak's run. Definitely recommended. Incredible Greg Pak's Vader series is rivalling that of Charles Soule at this point. Fantastic art, compelling writing, and now even some very juicy details that link to The Rise of Skywalker. Speaking of which, this volume does a very good job of explaining some of the back story of that film, and filling in some gaps. Every Vader comic in the new Canon has been outstanding, increasingly so it seems. This is easily the best of Pak's run. Definitely recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dave Evans

    It certainly has great visuals, however, the story is lacking and padded out when compared to Vol.1! This story's greatest downfall is trying to connect with the storyline from the Rise of Skywalker. Disney's recent Trilogy has been somewhat a convoluted mess, to say the least. Connecting this story to that timeline just felt hamfisted and unwarranted. Vol. 1 is worth a read through. Personally, I'd skip over Vol. 2. It certainly has great visuals, however, the story is lacking and padded out when compared to Vol.1! This story's greatest downfall is trying to connect with the storyline from the Rise of Skywalker. Disney's recent Trilogy has been somewhat a convoluted mess, to say the least. Connecting this story to that timeline just felt hamfisted and unwarranted. Vol. 1 is worth a read through. Personally, I'd skip over Vol. 2.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I love Ochi's character design. Wouldn't mind learning more about him. The way everyone's attempting to tie in the Sequel movies into the rest of the plot of Star Wars is absolutely hilarious (in a sad kind of way), BUT the comic does a better job of explaining some(!) things than the TROS movie, so kudos to that! I love Ochi's character design. Wouldn't mind learning more about him. The way everyone's attempting to tie in the Sequel movies into the rest of the plot of Star Wars is absolutely hilarious (in a sad kind of way), BUT the comic does a better job of explaining some(!) things than the TROS movie, so kudos to that!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Hamilton

    An overly long and rather tedious arc with increasingly ridiculous space monsters, an unconvincing Sith assassin and an unnecessary visit to Exegol. This volume added very little to Vader’s character development and could have been dealt with in a single issue.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    I don't think it meshes well with canon. Too much baggage to put onto the Vader-Palpatine relationship before ROTJ. Engaging but very fan fic-y. I don't think it meshes well with canon. Too much baggage to put onto the Vader-Palpatine relationship before ROTJ. Engaging but very fan fic-y.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly K

    3.5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mr James Kendrick

    Interesting Turn of Events A very exciting addition to the Darth Vader story and clever how it links to the Rise of Skywalker. A great fun read and superb artwork.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Yeah right I’m gonna tell you what I think about this book without you listening to my stupid Star Wars podcast. @poeboyspodcast [email protected]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Too much action! Which is of course a dumb critique of a Star Wars graphic novel. What did I expect?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deane Hariss

    Holy hell, if you didn’t think Vader was already a powerhouse before… and what a way to put him through the ringer!

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