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"Generally speaking, me doing a Darth Vader book is something that does make a worrying amount of sense. One of the more common critiques of my Superhero work is always that I spend too much time with the bad guys. Well, here, this isn’t a problem." -- Kieron Gillen

Vader and his new adjutant Thanoth are trying to uncover the identity of the raider who stole a whole bunch of credits from an Imperial ship. The culprit's actually Vader himself though, so every step closer they get brings Vader closer to exposure.











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Date: 2015-10-08 02:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
I have to say, I really admire how well Gillen and Larroca utilise Vader's unique character trait - the "negative emotional space" created by his full-face-mask. True, obscurity is something shared by many master villains - Blofeld, Will Eisner's the Octopus and Prof. Moriarty all spring to mind - but few of them are able to carry their anonymity around, nor use its *lack* of expression to convey their emotions. It's the same principle behind "I Am Groot", or Easter Eggs - the audience has to do a little extra work and they feel rewarded for it.

Prime example being in that moment above with Thanoth. Not only is it a brief little moment of stress and anxiety for Vader, thinking about children and (perhaps for the first time?) seeing the parallel between the twins and his own rediscovered son, and soon-to-be-discovered daughter. It's also a nice moment in which Thanoth as the SWverse's Sherlock Holmes is clearly probing his new colleague for weaknesses.

Date: 2015-10-08 05:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I think this is part of the reason that I liked the climax of ROTJ without Lucas' recent addition of Vader declaring 'NOOOOO' before grabbing the Emperor. There was a lot of power in just Vader's blankness and his silence as he watched his own son being killed, and even though I knew what would happen after the first time, it said an awful lot about his character and his conflicting emotions in the scene that he watches in silence and then takes action in silence.

Date: 2015-10-08 05:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
I've had similar thoughts about the infamous NOOOOOO scene in ROTS - with the sound turned down it could have been a lot more powerful. I'd envision it with Vader actually sinking to his knees (he has, after all, just been in surgery), as if his guilt is manifesting itself in his innate control of the force and pinning him, atlas-like, to the floor. If he even spoke, it would just be a mix between a whispered "No" and an animal-like rasp of self-hatred.

Date: 2015-10-08 08:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glprime
The blank, unmoving mask really does do a lot in the movies. Allowing him to watch impassively, then be angry, then be sarcastic, then lecturing, threatening, and then yes, remorseful, sad, and finally vengeful. I love that aspect of the character too.
Edited Date: 2015-10-08 08:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-10-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
It really said a lot about the skill of the team involved, really. Being able to make Vader's silhouette ominous when he first appears opposite Luke in ESB is a masterpiece. The movements of Dave Prowse when Luke meets him for the first time at the landing platform in ROTJ are just weary and he's almost sagging when he's alone. And naturally, James Earl Jones' voice speaks for itself. All of it comes together in this character that doesn't really have a face, or at least it's essentially blank, but it works. It just works so well.

Date: 2015-10-08 02:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nyadnar17
Thanoth is so damn awesome. I hope he uses his brains to figure out a way to stick around.

Have hope

Date: 2015-10-08 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chortles81
His happened as much as the movies did!

Date: 2015-10-09 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Indeed, it's fascinating to see a competent, loyal, and intelligent Imperial, who isn't driven by anger or greed or political gain, but by devotion to his duty.

And yes, he's a serious badass to boot!

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