Secret Identities and Darth Vader Reviews!

Darth Vader and Secret Identities

So I’ve read an exceptional amount of awesome books lately and want to talk about a couple of them. I skipped a lot of stuff that I really was uninterested in over the last few weeks and read a bunch of really good stuff that I have talked about before, like new issues of The Humans, Invincible and Saga, but I am going to focus on two really great first issues that I read recently. These books are just starting out, but I think they’ll turn out to be really good in the long haul.

The first book I want to talk about is Image’s Secret Identities #1, written by Jay Faerber and Brian Joines with art by Ilias Kyriazis. I tried this book based solely on its cover and I am really glad that it didn’t disappoint at all. The book is about a superhero team called the Frontliners, and this issue introduces the team to us as they induct a new member. The story is nice and crisp; the characters are a little dirty and feel like real people with supe powers. I can’t express how much I love a book that portrays heroes as human beings with emotions and faults. Each character got a few pages after the big group introduction. In these few pages we get to see the heroes in their downtime and we find out that they are not all sparkly clean. One of my favorite parts in this book is that fact that this is not an American team or a Canadian team but a “world team”, I use quotation marks here because the people on the team are American and Canadian, with headquarters in Canada, making them more of a North American team. This was a 4/5 book, and I will definitely be following where this story goes.

I also want to talk about Marvel’s Darth Vader #1, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca. I read this book simply because I am a huge Star Wars fan and honestly have been so happy with everything Star Wars related since Disney took over. This book takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and starts with Vader walking into Jabba’s palace. The story jumps around a bit, with a number of flashbacks that take place in the aftermath of the fall of the Death Star. Some of these flashes tie Marvel’s main Star Wars comic to this title and some tie it closer to the movies. There are some really great moments towards the end that reinforce this title’s link to the movies as well, most notably the first meeting between Boba Fett and Darth Vader. This book had gorgeous art, and the writing made this book feel like it really belonged to the Star Wars universe. I heard James Earl Jones as Vader in my head, something I could never do with the old Dark Horse comics. This title was also a 4/5 and, while I’m probably only going to pick up the trades, is well worth a read.

In a slight aside I want to mention two things about television shows. The first is this: I am really bummed out that Parks and Rec is over; it was one of the best written funniest shows on TV and had one of the best series finales I have ever seen. Second, if you are watching Orphan Black you should start, I can’t shut up about this show since me and my girlfriend power watched the first two seasons recently. It’s a fantastic piece of science fiction television.

Andrew Dearborn
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Andrew Dearborn is a part-time reviewer, long-time reader, and occasional video gamer. He grew up in a small Southern Manitoba town and, as many from his area tend to do, migrated to the "big city" of Winnipeg, where he works full time as a bookseller and event facilitator for McNally Robinson as well as a substitute teacher. He is actively pursuing a career in teaching, having received his Bachelor of Education in high school History and English from the University of Manitoba in 2013. While attending the University of Manitoba he was lucky enough to have one of his many short stories, "Socrates' Last Drink", published in The Manitoban. Andrew is also a bilateral cleft palate, a Mennonite, and a nerd, having started his comic book collection at the tender age of seven with a small stack of hand me down Spider Man and Jack Kirby-drawn Eternals issues. In his spare time he reads, writes and talks... incessantly.
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