Even though Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larocca’s Darth Vader series came to an end last year, Marvel Comics isn’t finished with telling stories about the Sith Lord.
Announced by IGN, Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli will kick off a brand new Darth Vader series this summer that will give the dark lord a year one style story as it picks up moments after the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
“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 said. “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.”
Soule is no stranger to writing for Marvel Comics expanded universe of Star Wars titles as he previously worked on the Lando and Obi-Wan & Anakin miniseries as well as the ongoing Poe Dameron series. Camuncoli is best known for the time he has spent on Amazing Spider-Man alongside Dan Slott and others.
This new series will focus on the rise of Darth Vader as he goes from the broken and angry individual we witnessed in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith to the powerful individual he was in Star Wars: A New Hope and beyond. Their first arc will revolve around how Vader built his first red lightsaber.
“The 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?” Soule said. “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.”
This new series continues the expansion of what stories Marvel is telling in the Star Wars universe.
Their original Star Wars and Darth Vader stories, along with the Princess Leia and other miniseries, all took place between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Since then they have explored the times after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi with the Poe Dameron series and the times of the prequel films with the Obi-Wan and Anakin and Darth Maul miniseries.
Darth Vader #1 arrives in June.