Review: Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol. 1: Imperial Machine

Series: Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith: #1

Series: Marvel Star Wars

Series: Star Wars (All - Release Order)

Series: Star Wars (All - Chronological Order): #3.1

Another day… another Darth Vader serial?


Where Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader took place just after A New Hope, Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol. 1: Imperial Machine takes place earlier, after Revenge of the Sith, in the early days of the newly risen Empire.


The Emperor and Vader have … something of a rocky relationship at the moment. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much always the case. They’re both powerful individuals with extremely strong personalities–perfect for the Sith. Perfect for conflict.

Perhaps the most interesting bits of this story thus far are the background that we get into the Sith.

Take for example a question that always seemed like poor worldbuilding to me– why do Jedi have nicely colorful lightsabers, but the Sith always have red? It’s nicely thematic, don’t get me wrong, but there has to be more to it than that…

Well, perhaps:

Okay. It’s weird, but it has potential, let’s see where they go with that. So it seems that to build a Sith lightsaber, Vader needs to take an existing lightsaber crystal from a Jedi. Problem being… they just killed all of the Jedi, didn’t they?

Nope. Of course not. Even among an order such as the Jedi, you’re going to have outsiders–Jedi that wouldn’t be caught dead in the halls of Coruscant– and thus weren’t caught dead in the halls of Coruscant.

Other than his lightsaber, one bit I appreciated with some backstory into Vader’s armor. It’s established that that the armor was the result of dark surgery needed to save Vader’s life…

But the idea that Vader is still Anakin–brilliant mechanic on top of a powerful Jedi–and rebuilt his own armor? That really works.