STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND does something that's been sorely needed since the prequel films: It actually attempts to show you how the whiny, petulant brat that George Lucas presented in the prequel trilogy could possibly become the baddest mutha in the Galaxy.
THE LOST COMMAND takes place shortly after Anakin's transformation in Darth Vader, and the psychological damage Vader suffered in the aftermath of the death of his beloved Padme is fully on display. The tortured Dark Lord is sent on a mission to find a missing Imperial expedition (The "Lost Command" of the title....) headed up by Garoche Tarkin, the Son of Vader's rival, Moff Tarkin. The mission does not go as planned, and as things go south, Vader frantically plots and maneuvers, desperate to reach the outcome desired by his Master, Emperor Palpatine.
Writer Hayden Blackman and Artist Rick Leonardi deliver a Vader I've never seen before: Driven, desperate, tortured by his actions, but stuck in the position those actions have put him in. This is gripping stuff, and any Darth Vader fan will find a lot to enjoy in STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND.
On a side note, Dark Horse continues to drive me nuts by not including a cover gallery in their collected editions. There is one cover from the original mini-series featured. That's just a disgrace, especially considering the price of this book. I was especially disappointed that they saw fit to leave the 25th anniversary variant of the first issue out. Please, PLEASE, start including a cover gallery, Dark Horse!