Marvel Comics has announced a new, ongoing Darth Vader comic series hitting stands this June from writer Charles Soule (Marvel’s Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin, and Poe Dameron) and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man). Check out the press release:
Witness The Rise Of A Dark Lord In DARTH VADER #1 – Coming in June!
Charles Soule & Giuseppe Camuncoli Bring You Darth Vader As You’ve Never Seen Before!
New York, NY—March 13, 2017 — The most fearsome villain in the entire galaxy returns for an all-new series! Today, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. are pleased to announce a new beginning for one of the most popular Star Wars™ comic book series! This June, prepare for DARTH VADER #1 – the all-new ongoing series coming to a comic shop near you! Superstar writer Charles Soule (Poe Dameron, Astonishing X-Men) will team with chartbusting artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man) to chronicle the epic rise of one of the greatest villains in all of fiction!
“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. “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.”
When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that he once held dear, the one who was prophesized to bring balance to the Force instead chose a darker path. Now, in a story set directly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, he must take his first steps into a darker world as…Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith!
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.
This June, the Marvel’s smash-hit Star Wars comics venture to a new era of a galaxy far, far away! Take a walk on the dark side as Soule & Camuncoli bring you the must read DARTH VADER #1 – available wherever comics are sold this June!
DARTH VADER #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
On Sale in June!
There’s a lot of information to unpack there! For starters: yes, the previous Darth Vader ongoing series started with a number one as well before running 25 issues. So why not just pick up the numbering where it left off? Welcome to the land of comics, where books get rebooted and renumbered all the time. At least in this case, it makes more sense than some comics that renumber since this Darth Vader series is exploring an entirely different era than the previous book (which was set immediately after the destruction of the Death Star and found Vader regaining his foothold in the Imperial hierarchy in the aftermath).
It should be exciting to see the events immediately following Revenge of the Sith, which is a time period that hasn’t been mined too deeply in the new canon. Just from the sound of it, Vader getting his red lightsaber doesn’t do much for me, but I’m completely on board for seeing what happens after Order 66, especially when it involves the Inquisitors (who I think have been severely underutilized since their introduction in Star Wars Rebels). Add to it that Charles Soule has told some pretty decent Star Wars tales already (I enjoyed Lando and Obi-Wan & Anakin but haven’t made up my mind on Poe Dameron), and this is definitely one to look forward to!