We got a taste of the rampaging Darth Vader we always wanted to see in the finale of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In all of the movies Darth Vader seemed to be more shadow and talk than the wrath and ferocity his enemies feared in the films and stories. So when do we get to see Darth Vader at his peak? Marvel Comics writer Charles Soule (Poe Dameron, Astonishing X-Men) and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-man) will give us the first look at that side of Darth Vader this month in the newest series titled Darth Vader.
Darth Vader takes place immediately after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. So this is the Vader new to his cybernetic form, new to the armor, the breathing apparatus, and he’s alone–his wife and to his knowledge an unborn child is dead. His only “friend” is the Emperor himself. Vader’s first steps in the Dark Side as a Sith Lord, the acquisition of his red light saber, and his rise to power into the Imperial command structure are all ahead for readers of the series. Check out a preview of Issue #1 below, after the break.
The first issue will feature several covers. The main cover is by Jim Cheung. Other covers will be provided by artists Adi Granov, Skottie Young, Phil Noto, an action figure variant by John Tyler Christopher, a blank sketch cover, a movie film cover, and an incredible homage to Dave Cockrum’s cover to Uncanny X-Men, Issue #145, by Mark Brooks–one of this year’s candidates for best comic book cover art.
Here’s Cockrum’s original cover and the pre-color, and pre-weathered version of the image by Brooks:
And here’s a preview of Issue #1:
Look for Darth Vader, Issue #1, next week, June 7, 2017, at Elite Comics or your local comic book store.