Imperial Machine by Charles Soule

Imperial Machine

From acclaimed writer Charles Soule comes a brand-new, exhilarating series exploring Darth Vader's early history. Picking up directly where Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and witness Vader's rise to power as a Dark Lord of the Sith! COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER 1-6...

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Imperial Machine Reviews

  • FanboyBen

    When news first broke that we would be getting another Darth Vader series to follow up Kieron Gillen’s amazing run with the character, I was nervous. Gillen’s series did SO MUCH to flesh out Vader as a character, and I was skeptical about the prospect of ANOTHER series centered solely around him – I mean really, what more could there be to say about Vader that warranted a whole other series, especially so soon after the wrap up of his first series? Even with the the news that the series wouldn’t

    When news first broke that we would be getting another Darth Vader series to follow up Kieron Gillen’s amazing run with the character, I was nervous. Gillen’s series did SO MUCH to flesh out Vader as a character, and I was skeptical about the prospect of ANOTHER series centered solely around him – I mean really, what more could there be to say about Vader that warranted a whole other series, especially so soon after the wrap up of his first series? Even with the the news that the series wouldn’t be set between A New Hope and The Empires Strikes Back, like Gillen’s series was, but instead immediately post-Revenge of the Sith-when Vader is still new to his role as the Galactic Empire’s chief enforcer and as Palpatine’s apprentice-I was still skeptical and couldn’t help but wish that Marvel would just leave well enough alone.

    Well, color me surprised-I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Because Charles Soule’s new “Darth Vader” series, though maybe not as deep or as heady as Gillen’s, is a TON of fun. In fact, I think there’s an argument to be made, based on just these first six issues, that Soule might actually be writing the more purely enjoyable of the two series. Watching Vader wrestling with the monster he’s become is thrilling in a way that I didn’t expect: we’re so used to seeing the Dark Lord of the Sith as the walking embodiment of the cool, collected and beyond powerful villain. Seeing him at this stage of his “career,” weakened and still raw over the loss of all that he’s lost, is intriguing, to say the least.

    It also doesn’t hurt that artist Giuseppe Camuncoli is KILLING it. I’ve never seen any of Camuncoli’s work before, but his colorful, ever-so-slightly-exaggerated-style is perfectly suited to Soule’s highly emotional story. Whether it’s Vader lashing out at the Emperor immediately post-“NOOOO!” moment in “Revenge of the Sith,”, or Vader fighting a Jedi Master atop a collapsing dam, or Vader attempting to corrupt – or, as it’s referred to in-story, “bleed” – a lightsaber’s crystal, Camuncoli continually strikes the perfect balance of “cartoony” meets “grounded,” especially when in regards to how he depicts the impact all of this is having on Vader himself. He’s a great fit for a great story, one that I can’t wait to see the next chapter of.

  • Chad

    Charles Soule has a hard act to follow. Keiron Gillen's Vader series was aces. One thing he has going for him is Giuseppe Camuncoli. His art is divine. It looks amazing (as in Spider-man) in a Star Wars book. For this series, we're looking at when Anakin first becomes Vader, right after the end of Revenge of the Sith. The plot for this one was a bit strange. Sith must create their light sabers by taking them from a jedi and making the kyber crystal bleed. I found that last part a little hokey. W

    Charles Soule has a hard act to follow. Keiron Gillen's Vader series was aces. One thing he has going for him is Giuseppe Camuncoli. His art is divine. It looks amazing (as in Spider-man) in a Star Wars book. For this series, we're looking at when Anakin first becomes Vader, right after the end of Revenge of the Sith. The plot for this one was a bit strange. Sith must create their light sabers by taking them from a jedi and making the kyber crystal bleed. I found that last part a little hokey. What I did like was the jedi master who Vader goes after. he's devoted to only one thing, fighting and has a very neat look about him. The way Vader beats him is badass, using a jedi's weaknesses against him. Then we get introduced to the Inquisitors, lesser Sith who will be hunting down the remaining jedi in hiding.

  • victoria.p

    Picks up right after RotS with Palpatine being his usual terrible self and Vader choosing not to turn back from his terrible choices despite being shown it’s possible.

  • Kavinay

    Entirely different from Kieron Gillen's excellent Vader series, this is still a good book. It's basically a Vader Year 1, but far more cinematic and less intrigue oriented than the last series. The only complaint is that it's a bit straightforward: Darth is angry, people will die. But it's executed well--pardon the pun--and sets the stage for a very promising run by Soule.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    How do you follow Kieron Gillen's amazing Darth Vader series? By going back to the beginning of the journey and filling in the blanks, of course.

    Starting right from the end of Revenge Of The Sith (complete with NOOOOOOOOOO), these six issues follow Darth Vader's quest to find his first lightsaber, which takes him to the Jedi Library, back to Mustafar, and beyond. Soule's characterization as the last human parts of Anakin Skywalker die away (at least until Return Of The Jedi, I guess) is spot on,

    How do you follow Kieron Gillen's amazing Darth Vader series? By going back to the beginning of the journey and filling in the blanks, of course.

    Starting right from the end of Revenge Of The Sith (complete with NOOOOOOOOOO), these six issues follow Darth Vader's quest to find his first lightsaber, which takes him to the Jedi Library, back to Mustafar, and beyond. Soule's characterization as the last human parts of Anakin Skywalker die away (at least until Return Of The Jedi, I guess) is spot on, and the Emperor is deliciously manipulative, despite being in the book very briefly.

    I like that Soule remembers that Anakin was a master engineer, which comes up more than once across the story, too. He really gets put through the ringer in this story, and I mean that pretty literally.

    Giuseppe Camuncoli has graduated from Amazing Spider-Man over to the Star Wars side of Marvel, and his work is phenomenal. It's very difficult to portray emotions with Darth Vader's helmet, but his body language and the way he frames panels so that his face is cast into different shadows is superb. He also has a good inker/colourist team in Cam Smith and David Curiel, who work to make his art really pop. Camuncoli is an artist who is made or broken by his partners, but these three are a powerhouse.

    This is a very different animal to the last Vader series, but is definitely out to carve itself a well deserved place in Star Wars canon.

  • Paul Decker

    This comic picks up right where Episode III left off. Like directly. There's the whole "Noooooooooo" thing and everything. I liked seeing Vader when he is new to being a Sith. It really is Anakin under there still. Throughout the comic, that Anakin begins to fall away.

    I liked the mix of prequel and original trilogy aesthetic. Seeing Vader alongside clone troopers was very cool. The Grand Inquisitor even makes a cameo!

    I read the Dark Horse comics that took place right after Order 66 so certain a

    This comic picks up right where Episode III left off. Like directly. There's the whole "Noooooooooo" thing and everything. I liked seeing Vader when he is new to being a Sith. It really is Anakin under there still. Throughout the comic, that Anakin begins to fall away.

    I liked the mix of prequel and original trilogy aesthetic. Seeing Vader alongside clone troopers was very cool. The Grand Inquisitor even makes a cameo!

    I read the Dark Horse comics that took place right after Order 66 so certain aspects of this comic remind me of those. In this comic, there are jedi who took the Barash Vow prior to the Purge, so they are still out and about in the galaxy. Vader takes this opportunity to take a lightsaber and make it bleed.

    I really enjoyed this first volume in a new, ongoing comic series. I am absolutely excited for volume two. I give this volume a 5/5.

  • David Dalton

    Not easy being an apprentice to the Emperor, who happens to be a Master Sith. This is my 2nd Vader collection that I have read this past week. I will look for more.

  • Cale

    AKA Vader: Year One. This takes up immediately after the end of Revenge of the Sith, and chronicles the early days of Vader, as he is getting his lightsaber, dealing with imperials who have no idea who he is yet, and is introduced to Palpatine's extended family of Sith (in a nice connection to a previously isolated concept from Star Wars Rebels). There are some well done action sequences here, and all of the art is pretty good (with some very good color work). Some of the stories are a little we

    AKA Vader: Year One. This takes up immediately after the end of Revenge of the Sith, and chronicles the early days of Vader, as he is getting his lightsaber, dealing with imperials who have no idea who he is yet, and is introduced to Palpatine's extended family of Sith (in a nice connection to a previously isolated concept from Star Wars Rebels). There are some well done action sequences here, and all of the art is pretty good (with some very good color work). Some of the stories are a little weak, although I like Vader's method of defeating one of the surviving Jedi -it's horrible but perfectly in keeping with where the character is. The whole red lightsaber explanation is... let's go with odd. Other than that, there are some good moments, but it's not a particularly powerful overall story. Still, worth a read.

  • Will M.

    I've been a huge fan of Star Wars ever since I was a child but it's weird that this is the very first Star Wars graphic novel I've read. I'm glad though, because it's amazing and I want to read more.

    Darth Vader will always be one of, if not the most, iconic figure of Star Wars. This new graphic novel series aims to give us a background of Vader's past. It starts off where Episode III ends. This first volume generally shows how Vader got his lightsaber. It also gives a bit of information on how h

    I've been a huge fan of Star Wars ever since I was a child but it's weird that this is the very first Star Wars graphic novel I've read. I'm glad though, because it's amazing and I want to read more.

    Darth Vader will always be one of, if not the most, iconic figure of Star Wars. This new graphic novel series aims to give us a background of Vader's past. It starts off where Episode III ends. This first volume generally shows how Vader got his lightsaber. It also gives a bit of information on how he joined the dark side (although this is common knowledge already). This graphic novel is a lot of fun and I can't wait to read more of it. To be honest, Darth Vader is not even my favorite villain of the Star Wars franchise. Darth Maul is my favorite but we don't get to read/watch/hear much about him, unlike Vader. Vader comes in second though, it's great how we see his early dark side days here in this series. I can't wait to read more.

    5/5. What a great first graphic novel read of 2018! The artwork is one of my favorites out there coupled with a terrific plot. You can't go wrong with this new series!

  • Jim C

    This is a collection that takes place right after Anakin becomes Darth Vader. In fact, we get the infamous (not in a good way) scene of Vader yelling "NOOOOOOO!" when he finds out Padme is dead. That is the beginning of this collection.

    I liked this collection and it is a nice story of how Anakin is getting use to being Darth Vader. He is now part of the dark side but the suit that he needs because of his injuries is new. He needs to get use to fighting again and I liked how this collection portr

    This is a collection that takes place right after Anakin becomes Darth Vader. In fact, we get the infamous (not in a good way) scene of Vader yelling "NOOOOOOO!" when he finds out Padme is dead. That is the beginning of this collection.

    I liked this collection and it is a nice story of how Anakin is getting use to being Darth Vader. He is now part of the dark side but the suit that he needs because of his injuries is new. He needs to get use to fighting again and I liked how this collection portrayed that. It was weird seeing Vader fallible but it makes sense. This collection also reinforces that Anakin is responsible for his decisions even though we get to see The Emperor playing his mind games. This collection also ties in with

    and Episode II and neither tie-in was forced.

    I liked this collection and I am looking forward to seeing more stories about Vader. We can never have too much of his character. The artwork is really good (I did have issues with The Emperor as he was a little too troll-like for my taste) and the cliffhanger at the end really entices me because you know it cannot be good for that character.


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