If you have not been following all the Star Wars comics published by Marvel, then you are losing out. Some of these comics, and there have been a few series now, have sold better than the regular Marvel superhero books. As Revenge of the Sith comes to an end, a new book about Darth Vader will be arriving, and in the series we learn quite a lot of new information about Anakin, including the origin of his legendary red Lightsaber.
The book is being written by Charles Soule (the goto guy for Star Wars comics and Batman: Year One) and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli (best known for his Spider-Man work, and my favorite is his work on Daken related books). This will be the second Vader book, and it is being thought of as Darth Vader: Year One. IGN was able to get a phone interview with Soule and ask for some detail on what we have to expect.
“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. He is just awakening to that moment and that realization. So he has shouted â€˜No!â€™ 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.”
But most importantly, he hints at the creation of the evil red Lightsaber.
â€œThe first arc is going to revolve around Vader’s construction of his red lightsaber, because at the end of Revenge of the Sith, he obviously loses his blue saber when he gets all chopped up and Obi-Wan takes it to eventually give to Luke down the road. So we end up with a character who is known as having this iconic sword, like his magical red sword, but he doesn’t have it yet. So what better way to start a big huge series than with a quest for a magic sword? We’re going to explore the mythology around lightsabers to some degree, which will be very fun. I’m really lucky that I get to tell that story. Seems like a big piece of the puzzle for him.â€
In the first Vader book, written by Kieron Gillen, it showed us Darth Vader’s fall from grace after A New Hope, but this new book appears to show his rise to dominance.
â€œI would say that in Kieron’s series, you had a man who had been doing that job and was sort of accustomed to his reality in a way that this Vader is not. So the fire is burning very, very bright in terms of his hatred and anger and the things he’s trying to work through. He’s trying to understand himself, whereas Vader in Gillen’s series was almost sort of an older crocodile that’s been around for a long, long time and has no real enemies or challenges. Obviously there were challenges in that book, but this is someone who’s very, very sure of his place in the universe and galaxy. It was kind of about topping that a little and taking that away from him and seeing what he did. Now this is more someone who isn’t sure what’s going to happen to him. He doesn’t know if he’s going to be alive in two weeks or 40 years. He doesn’t know what his day to day is going to look like and he doesn’t know what his purpose is. So it’s about trying to understand that, what life without Padme is like, and just kind of understand what it means to be a Sith lord, because all this stuff is new to him. And really exploring the Dark Side in an open way where he doesn’t have to be ashamed, doesn’t have to hide from the Jedi, can really go deep into it.â€
I will admit, I have always wondered about how his Lightsaber was constructed. I remember that Kylo Ren’s was made by a cracked Kyber crystal within its housing, which cause the hand guards to spring out from its side. It is also an unstable weapon, and I expect it to blow up in his hands at some point. This comic looks awesome, and I can’t wait to read it and find out more about early Darth Vader.
The comic will be released in June, so I advise everyone to grab this from your local comic shop as soon as possible, because it may be a great collectors item.
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