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January 2, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison by Dark Horse Comics


Being a longtime Star Wars fan, this title was one of particular interest for me. I am pleased to report that my interest was indeed justified. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, this is a must read as Dark Horse Comics yet again delivers the goods for fan boys and girls everywhere!

The story takes place during the transition period between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and offers a refreshingly different perspective than typically shown in the Star Wars universe . The novel is presented through the report of Lieutenant Tohm, recounting the days following an attempted assassination. His unrelenting loyalty and desire for approval is so genuine that I too found myself persuaded into believing in the Imperial cause (…if only for a moment). By using fresh sets of eyes, this novel allows the reader to reassess their definition of right and wrong by presenting another side of the spectrum. In war, good men and women die on both sides. Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison will make sure you don’t forget that hard fact.

The characters are all quite enjoyable, but I wish they had taken a little more time to explore the back stories of the characters as the ones we were told are completed in a mere page or less. It would have been nice to have a larger portion dedicated to helping the reader know what makes each character tick. Though I suppose some characters, like Moff Trachta,   story may be best left open for future graphic novels to flesh out and explore.

Finally, it would be impossible to review this book without taking the time to admire the artistic work by Agustin Alessio and Dave Wilkins. After reading each page, I found myself pausing to admire the vivid color and detail that goes into each and every aspect of the picture. The action scene images are especially impressive to view; everything from the blur of chaos as Vader’s light saber severs limbs, down to the look on the face of a character as they pull the trigger of their blaster to extinguish a life.

If you’re a die-hard Jedi fan, you may find yourself rethinking that stance after reading this story. Sometimes neither “Light” nor “Dark” seems to fit just right; check out Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison and succumb to the pull of the grey areas in between!

Script: Haden Blackman, Art: Agustin Alessio, Cover: Dave Wilkins.

Thanks to Dark Horse Comics and Diamond Book Distributors for providing me this Graphic Novel for reviewing purposes.


Roger Bellini



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  1. collecty / Jan 3 2013 4:02 pm

    Reblogged this on

  2. Dallas / Jan 11 2013 3:11 am

    Good. I agree.

  3. Kevin Fills / Jan 28 2013 5:01 pm

    good review! thanks!

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