Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Star Wars Darth Vader And The Ninth Assassin #1Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1
Dark Horse Comics
Siedell, Thompson & Irwin

On paper this comic sounds like it could be an epic tale. Unfortunately the opening issue is too familiar and not terribly interesting. It's not bad by any stretch, in fact the art is amazing, but for an opening issue this is very average. Hopefully this book will pick up the pace and bring something new to the table.

Basically this issue introduces a man whose son was killed by Vader and seeks revenge. He's hired eight assassins and all of them have failed so he looks for a mysterious ninth. He finds the assassin and makes a very chilling deal.

The comic has some high points. The mystery surrounding the identity of the ninth assassin could be really interesting if it turns out to be an existing Star Wars universe character. Another bright spot is the character that seems to be pulling the strings for the assassin. All of this is entry level information but if leveraged well then this could be really good stuff for the overall series.

The downside to the book is that it feels like such a tired idea. People are hunting down Darth Vader. This seems to have been covered in comics and novels for nearly twenty years. I'm not sure this brings anything new to the table with the revenge angle. Another problem is that Vader is barely present in the book. This is compounded by the fact that the lead character is not explored at all. There isn't enough character work to anchor this simple revenge tale that you've read a thousand times before.

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle ReviewsThe artwork is fantastic. The book feels like Star Wars in the opening pages with the familiar cast of alien characters in the book. The beauty of the book is the attention to detail and the brilliant coloring. The book looks great even as the cast moves into the Lord of Rings scenery instead of the Star Wars set. The book tells a stellar visual story.

As far as opening issues goes this one is average. There are some decent enough elements in the issue but the overall plot is not that interesting and character work just isn't there. Hopefully this series will pick up in the coming issues. If you are looking for the next Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison this isn't quite there yet.

2.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles