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This article is about the Marvel comic series. You may be looking for the Dark Horse series or the 2017 series Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith.

Star Wars: Darth Vader is a Star Wars comic book series written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Salvador Larroca. Marvel Comics began publishing the comics on February 11, 2015,[1] and the series concluded with its twenty-fifth issue in October 2016.[4] The story centers on the character Darth Vader between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Editor Jordan D. White offered Kieron Gillen a chance to write a Star Wars comic. Feeling apprehensive, Gillen almost turned it down, but decided to accept it, even dropping out of writing Iron Man to take the assignment.[5] Gillen acknowledged out of Marvel's current stable of writers, he was the most experienced in exploring the nature of evil and villainy, and therefore a suitable choice for Darth Vader.[1]

Furthermore, The Empire Strikes Back was the first film he saw in the cinema,[1] and now "I get to do the story of Darth Vader from the end of the first Star Wars film to the start of The Empire Strikes Back! It's a big story too. It's not just that I want to write Darth Vader. It's that I get to write this story of Darth Vader and it's all in canon. As far as Lucasfilm is concerned, this is what happened."[3]

He rewatched the films and noted small details he found pivotal, like the fact viewers do not see Vader discovering he has a son and that the Emperor lied to him, or that he begins The Empire Strikes Back in a stronger position despite being partly responsible for the destruction of the Death Star.[1]

Gillen cited inspiration from I, Claudius,[6] The Godfather,[7] and the TV series House of Cards in portraying the internal machinations of the Empire. If Jason Aaron's concurrent Star Wars comic depicts Vader on "a Tuesday," then Gillen's series shows the relatively mundane politics he must grapple with during the rest of the week. He mentioned Vader's antagonists include the military officials who do not believe in the Force.[1]

To overcome having a potentially monochromatic comic set in the Empire's corridors of power, Gillen has decided to emphasize the galaxy's underworld, explaining Vader's summoning of the bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back demonstrated the character is a "micro-manager" who knows these individuals personally.[1]

Gillen explained writing Vader was challenging because giving him an internal monologue would undermine his "looming, threatening monolith[ic]" presence, but the comic was also about his emotional journey, so it had to be "[sold] visually."[8] He likened writing Vader to writing a Punisher comic, where there can be humor with a terrifying protagonist as the straight man.[9]

Gillen also wanted to remind the reader that Vader was adept at building droids in the prequel trilogy, thereby showing "the passion of Anakin shining through."[10] He acknowledged both Salvador Larroca and Adi Granov are Iron Man veterans, explaining "They're both people who really know their hardware. They both come from a photo realist tradition, but at the same time they're entirely capable of drawing convincing machines. Those are useful talents when you're doing a book that is A) cinematic and B) technical."[3]

MediaEdit

Color code key:
Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue Story arc
IssueTitlePublication dateTrade paperbackPublication dateOmnibus
Book I: Vader
Star Wars Darth Vader TPB
Volume 1 — Vader
October 6, 2015[11]Darth Vader Volume 1 hardcover final cover
Volume 1[12]
July 19, 2016[12]
1Vader February 11, 2015[13]
2Vader, Part II February 25, 2015[13]
3Vader, Part III March 25, 2015[14]
4Vader, Part IV April 8, 2015[15]
5Vader, Part V May 13, 2015[16]
6Vader, Part VI June 3, 2015[17]
Book II: Shadows and Secrets
Darth Vader Vol 2 final cover
Volume 2 — Shadows and Secrets
January 5, 2016[18]
7Shadows and Secrets, Part I July 1, 2015[19]
8Shadows and Secrets, Part II August 5, 2015[20]
9Shadows and Secrets, Part III September 9, 2015[21]
10Shadows and Secrets, Part IV October 7, 2015[22]
11Shadows and Secrets, Part VOctober 21, 2015[23]
12Shadows and Secrets, Part VINovember 11, 2015[24]
Vader Down
Vader Down TPB final cover
Vader Down
April 19, 2016[25]Darth Vader 17 textless cover
Volume 2[26]
February 28, 2017[26]
13Vader Down, Part II[27]November 25, 2015[28]
14Vader Down, Part IV December 23, 2015[29]
15Vader Down, Part VIJanuary 6, 2016[30]
Book III: The Shu-Torun War
SWDarthVader3TPB
Volume 3 — The Shu-Torun War
August 9, 2016[31]
A1Darth Vader Annual 1 December 16, 2015[2]
16The Shu-Torun War, Part I February 10, 2016[32]
17The Shu-Torun War, Part II March 2, 2016[33]
18The Shu-Torun War, Part III March 30, 2016[34]
19The Shu-Torun War, Part IV April 13, 2016[35]
Book IV: End of Games
SWDarthVader4TPB
Volume 4 — End of Games
November 23, 2016[36]
20End of Games, Part I May 11, 2016[37]
21End of Games, Part II June 8, 2016[38]
22End of Games, Part III June 29, 2016[38]
23End of Games, Part IV July 20, 2016[39]
24End of Games, Part V August 10, 2016[40]
25End of Games, Part VIOctober 12, 2016[4]

BibliographyEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 SWCustom-2011 SDCC 2014: Inside Marvel's New Star Wars Comics – Exclusive on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 MARVEL COMICS December 2015 Solicitations. Newsarama.com (September 15, 2015). Retrieved on September 15, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Richards, Dave (2014-07-27). SDCC: Gillen Explores the Dark Side in "Star Wars: Darth Vader". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on July 27, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 DARTH VADER #25. Previews World. Retrieved on August 20, 2016.
  5. MarvelLogo SDCC 2014: Darth Vader on Marvel Comics' official website
  6. Letamendi, Andrea (2014-07-27). I, Vader: Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca Talk ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’. Comics Alliance. Retrieved on July 27, 2014.
  7. Johnston, Rich (2014-07-26). Talking To Kieron Gillen About His New Darth Vader Comic For Marvel’s Star Wars Line. Bleeding Cool. Retrieved on July 26, 2014.
  8. Guerrero, Tony (2014-07-27). SDCC 2014 Interview: Kieron Gillen Talks STAR WARS: DARTH VADER Series. Comic Vine. Retrieved on July 27, 2014.
  9. San Diego Comic Con 2015: Kieron Gillen Interview. GamesRadar. YouTube (2015-07-14). Retrieved on July 21, 2015.
  10. Truitt, Brian (2014-07-26). 'Darth Vader' focuses on 'Star Wars' Dark Side. USA Today. Retrieved on July 27, 2014.
  11. Amazon favicon Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 (Star Wars (Marvel)) on Amazon.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 Amazon favicon Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 on Amazon.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 Marvel Comics Full FEBRUARY 2015 SOLICITATIONS. Newsarama (November 18, 2014). Retrieved on December 16, 2014.
  14. Marvel Comics Full MARCH 2015 SOLICITATIONS. Newsarama (December 16, 2014). Retrieved on December 16, 2014.
  15. Darth Vader #4. TFAW.com. Retrieved on January 30, 2015.
  16. MARVEL COMICS SOLICITATIONS FOR MAY 2015. IGN (February 17, 2015). Retrieved on February 17, 2015.
  17. Darth Vader #6. TFAW.com. Retrieved on May 22, 2015.
  18. Amazon favicon Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets (Star Wars (Marvel)) on Amazon.com
  19. MarvelLogo DARTH VADER (2015) #7 on Marvel Comics' official website
  20. DARTH VADER #8. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on June 21, 2015.
  21. DARTH VADER #9. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on June 21, 2015.
  22. DARTH VADER #10. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on June 21, 2015.
  23. DARTH VADER #11. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on June 26, 2015.
  24. DARTH VADER #12. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  25. Amazon favicon Star Wars: Vader Down (Star Wars (Marvel)) on Amazon.com
  26. 26.0 26.1 Amazon favicon Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2 on Amazon.com
  27. Burlingame, Russ (2015-07-27). EXCLUSIVE: Marvel's Star Wars To Sell More than 200,000 Copies in Collected Edition. ComicBook.com. Retrieved on July 27, 2015.
  28. DARTH VADER #13. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on August 21, 2015.
  29. DARTH VADER #14. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  30. MARVEL COMICS January 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama.com (September 20, 2015). Retrieved on October 22, 2015.
  31. Amazon favicon Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War (Star Wars (Marvel)) on Amazon.com
  32. DARTH VADER #16. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on November 6, 2015.
  33. MARVEL COMICS February 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama.com (November 17, 2015). Retrieved on November 17, 2015.
  34. MARVEL COMICS March 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama (December 15, 2015). Retrieved on December 15, 2015.
  35. MARVEL COMICS April 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-01-19). Retrieved on October 7, 2016.
  36. STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 04 END OF GAMES. Previews World. Retrieved on October 6, 2016.
  37. Marvel Comics Full MAY 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama (February 16, 2016). Retrieved on February 19, 2016.
  38. 38.0 38.1 Marvel Comics Full JUNE 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama (March 22, 2016). Retrieved on March 22, 2016.
  39. DARTH VADER #23. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on June 23, 2016.
  40. Marvel Comics AUGUST 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-05-17). Retrieved on May 17, 2016.

External linksEdit

Star Wars: Darth Vader
Vader: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
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
Trade paperbacks
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