Did Marvel Need Another Darth Vader Comic?

Officially, Marvel only has two ongoing Star Wars comics at the moment – the core Star Wars series and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. But unofficially, Darth Vader remains the constant third pillar of the Star Wars line. Between Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s Darth Vader comic to the recent Vader: Dark Visions miniseries and now Target Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith has been a constant presence on the stands these past few years. And at some point, this iconic villain begins to wear out his welcome.

It’s probably just as well that Target Vader is less about Vader himself than the plot to kill him. This new series is set during the height of Vader’s reign, as Emperor Palpatine dispatches his enforcer to ferret out an underground cell known as the Hidden Hand. The Hidden Hand, for their part, have a vested interest in ridding the galaxy of Darth Vader once and for all. And so this series develops into a game of cat and mouse in the opening chapter, with Vader hunting his prey even as a team of bounty hunters is assembled to assassinate the most dangerous man in the galaxy.

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