Everyone seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got to thrill at seeing the genuine bad ass that Darth Vader can be, but since Lucasfilm was absorbed by Disney in 2012, comic book fans have seen the dark Lord of the Sith at his best on several occasions, and now they will see it again with a new Marvel Comics series. The comic book publisher has announced today that an all-new series featuring Vader will be launched later this year, covering the previously unknown ground (in canon at least) of Vader’s post-Revenge of the Sith life as a newly minted Sith Lord.
Astonishing X-Men writer Charles Soule returns to write this new series starting with Darth Vader #1 this summer. Soule has become a kind of Vader-expert having written the previous 25-issue long Darth Vader series covering the character’s time after the destruction of the original Death Star in A New Hope, and the five-issue Obi-Wan & Anakin miniseries about what those two were up to between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
“I’m so excited that we get to tell more stories about the best villain of all time…and this time, we get to show his very first steps into the Dark Side,” said series editor, Jordan D. White in a Marvel press release. “I was blown away by some of the stuff we plan to show in this series…and I think readers will be, too—from hardcore Star Wars fanatics to those who want to see more of that deadly threat from the end of Rogue One. Charles has an evil streak in him that readers might have seen whenever he’s written Palpatine in the past. Now, that comes front and center.”
So what can fans look forward to? According to the presser, you will “Witness iconic moments in the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of one of its most famous characters! The construction of Vader’s red lightsaber, the fallout of Order 66, the beginnings of the Inquisitor program, and the rise of an Empire. Join Vader as he learns a new way. The way of Darth Sidious… the way of the dark side.”
Amazing Spider-Man artist Giuseppe Camuncoli will provide the interiors for the series, while Jim Cheung will be doing the cover for issues #1. Darth Vader will be on comic book store shelves sometime in June.
Source: Marvel Comics