One of the platinum highlights of the new era of Star Wars is the revival of its comic books. Almost right out of the gate with a new publisher in Marvel we have seen a multitude of new comics dedicated to our greatest heroes and villains in our galaxy far, far away. In my humble opinion, the single comic that rose to the top of this new renaissance of Star Wars comics was the Darth Vader series. That series, written by Kieron Gillen enveloped the persona of Vader and matched his likeness and voice in a way I had never actually experienced in a comic before. I will admit this right up front that it has been many decades since I had read a comic book and the new job of running this site was the push of a lifetime to get back into them. The Darth Vader comic had me coming back for more and had me clamoring when I missed them due to pesky life getting in the way. Whether I was waiting for my 20K service at the Toyota dealership or rushing to download lost volumes before my flight to a convention in San Diego, I needed to keep up with Vader’s story.
With that new series, we got some incredibly great secondary characters that were so good they have moved on to a new comic series of their own. I am speaking of Doctor Aphra of course, and so far the concept of having an archeologist in Star Wars has been nothing but pure bliss. Today, however, the new announcement from Marvel proposes a new twist in the saga for our greatest villain. Darth Vader will return to Marvel with a new number one in the corner and a new writer.
This new series will specifically focus on the time immediately after the events in Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith. IGN, had the announcement today in an interview with the new series writer Charles Soule. Charles was the writer for many of the Star Wars comics in this new era, including Poe Dameron, Lando, and Obi-Wan & Anakin. In IGN’s interview, Charles discusses where the series will start off, and get ready because, for me, it’s a doozy.
“The book begins one second after the end of Revenge of the Sith. Darth Vader is in the armored suit that we see throughout the rest of his life, most of his life,” Soule explained. “He is just awakening to that moment and that realization. So he has shouted ‘No!’ in the way we see in the film, and then it picks up immediately after that point. So we see him adjusting to that. We see him learning to be more machine than man. We see him going through some really, really cool early moments of his early mythology and history.”
Darth Vader acquiring a new lightsaber may be a small piece of the overall lore in the saga, but it is an intriguing one for yours truly. Lightsabers require Kyber crystals, and they usually take on the color of that acquired crystal. Therein lies a real archeology hunt as red Kyber crystals have only made one debut in canonized Star Wars. A fact that just recently been included in the last installment of the Star Wars: Aftermath series “Empire’s End.” The dark red crystals that made up the eyes of an ancient Sith head mask artifact worn by Yupe Tashu. How Darth Vader will secure a new red Kyber crystal to create his lightsaber will be fascinating. I do wonder if Lucasfilm will go for an ancient artifact like they did for Kylo Ren’s lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
This new series also expands the possibilities of what we can learn about Darth Vader’s mental state and the struggle with his new life. This newly minted Sith Lord, engrossed in horrific pain with his recent injuries, bereft with guilt and sadness for the loss of his beloved Padme and his unborn child. Lumbering around in a new prison suit that has given him increased strength and situational awareness, yet restrictive and dextrous as Frankenstein’s monster. This new series has the potential of delivering deeper in the crossroads of Vader’s mind, and persona in a way never witnessed before. His growing anger and new duties in securing the peace of the galaxy for his Emperor is paramount and will undoubtedly lead to great storytelling.
Look for Marvels Star Wars: Darth Vader comic series release this coming June.