Darth Vader 1: Vader is the first issue of the Marvel comic book series Star Wars: Darth Vader and the first of six issues in the series' first story arc. The comic takes place between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and centers on the character Darth Vader. It is written by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. Star Wars: Darth Vader 1 was released on February 11, 2015.

The issue is set in the aftermath of the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and the first three issues of the comic series Star Wars. Darth Vader must suffer the consequences of his failure to stop the Rebel Alliance during the Battle of Yavin and the assault on Cymoon 1, and is sent by Darth Sidious on a mission to negotiate with Jabba the Hutt. Meanwhile, Vader hires two bounty hunters to capture Luke Skywalker and a mysterious agent of the Emperor.

Publisher's summaryEdit

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!

Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca bring us a peek behind the mask of evil![4]

Plot summaryEdit

Book I
It is a period of insurgence. Rebel
spaceships, striking from a hidden base
on a moon of Yavin, have won a shocking
surprise victory against the rightful reign
of the Galactic Empire.

The Empire's ultimate peacekeeping
force, THE DEATH STAR, was destroyed
due to an unforeseen design flaw.
Without this deterrent, the rule of law is in
danger. Chaos looms!

For the nineteen years after the
vanquishing of the Jedi and his painful
rebirth on volcanic Mustafar, Sith Lord
DARTH VADER has faithfully served his
master. But now, he has failed the
Emperor and must pay the price....


Marvel anticipated that the book was on track to sell over 200,000 copies.[5] Some time later, the company revealed to that the book had indeed surpassed that estimate and had gone on to receive over 300,000 in pre-orders.[6] Ultimately, Star Wars: Darth Vader 1 became the second best-selling comic of February 2015.[7]

In celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, 2016, Marvel re-released Darth Vader 1 as part of its "True Believers" budget reprint program, which reprints popular comic titles for the suggested retail price of $1.[8]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 SWCustom-2011 SDCC 2014: Inside Marvel's New Star Wars Comics — Exclusive on (backup link)
  2. Richards, Dave (2014-07-27). SDCC: Gillen Explores the Dark Side in "Star Wars: Darth Vader". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on November 14, 2014.
  3. MarvelLogo Darth Vader (2015) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Join the Dark Side With an Exclusive First Look at Darth Vader. (2014-11-14). Retrieved on November 14, 2014.
  5. MARVEL'S "DARTH VADER" #1 TO EXCEED 200,000 IN SALES. Comic Book Resource (2015-01-15). Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
  6. EXCLUSIVE Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Tops 300k Preorders, New Covers Revealed. (2015-01-21). Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
  7. "ORPHAN BLACK" #1 WAS THE BEST-SELLING TITLE IN FEBRUARY 2015. Comic Book Resource (2015-03-13). Retrieved on March 16, 2015.
  8. Marvel celebrating May the 4th with True Believers: Star Wars. Although released on May 4, 2016, all of Marvel's "True Believers" Star Wars Day titles indicate a July 2016 publication date in their front matter.

External linksEdit

Star Wars: Darth Vader
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Shadows and Secrets: 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12
Vader Down: 13 · 14 · 15
The Shu-Torun War: A1 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19
End of Games: 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24 · 25
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