New Ongoing Darth Vader Comic Gets The Batman Treatment


According to a report from IGN, Marvel Comics will release a new ongoing Darth Vader comic this June. The comic will begin at the end of The Revenge of the Sith. Written by Charles Soule, who is already working on Poe Dameron comic, with the art Giuseppe Camuncoli, comic is described by Soule as “Darth Vader: Year One”.



In the the telephone interview, Soule said that the comic will cover “some really, really cool early moments of his early mythology and history”, including the construction of Vader’s 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.”



Soule also discussed the difference between his and the previous Darth Vader comic, written by Kieron Gillen, which ended after 25 issues.

“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.”



In addition to the main character, we will naturally see Emperor Palpatine, but also the Inquisitors that appeared for the first time on Star Wars: Rebels. One of the most exciting things is the way Soule approaches the character of Vader with his collaborator, Giuseppe Camuncoli.

“I’m trying to write Vader almost like Jason in Friday the 13th. Almost like he’s stalking into a room. We saw some of this at the end of Rogue One. The way he approaches a fight, that was Vader. In Rogue One he’s been doing this for many years. But our is Vader kind of in between. He’s trying to figure out how to use the armor as opposed to the way he fought as a Jedi which was much more somersault-y and things like that.”

“I knew most of Camuncoli’s work through Spider-Man, who he was born to draw. And Spider-Man is someone who’s very acrobatic. And so the interesting thing is seeing him do or draw a character who is almost like a masked truck moving through scenes in a very methodical, unstoppable way. Not that he’s not fast. Not that he’s not powerful, it’s just a different way of movement, a different type of movement. And also, getting the deep emotion into the activities, because you really want to be able to see past that mask and feel what he’s thinking and feeling. You want to feel that rage.”



If his cameo in Rogue One wasn’t enough for you, it seems that Marvel has you covered. We will likely hear more about the comic during Star Wars Celebration Orlando.


For the entire article and interview, head to IGN.



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Jelena Bidin (LadyMusashi)

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33 thoughts on “New Ongoing Darth Vader Comic Gets The Batman Treatment

  • March 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm


  • March 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    This is a far more interesting time period in which to explore Vader than between ANH and TESB in my opinion. Looking forward to checking this out.

    • March 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Seriously. I really hope we get some stuff between ESB and ROTJ and soon. They have exhausted the TP already.

  • March 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    The idea of constructing a lightsaber doesn’t interest me as we have seen that done to death, but a quest for a sort of dark side Excalibur could be interesting.
    Also, I hope we see lots of Empire: Year One as well, with the Sith now controlling the galaxy, Vader being assigned to squash resistance. Maybe we will get our first looks at TIE fighters and also now that the Sith can essentially operate in the open we may see them up to some cool Sith stuff. Curious to see how the Inquisitors come into this, although I do expect Rebels to return to them and give us closure rather that use the comic for that.

    • March 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

      “Maybe we will get our first looks at TIE fighters”

      I’d be up for some TIE blueprints, or seeing the TIEs roll out. It seems like V-Wings were the predominant Imperial starfighter for quite a few years after RotS, though.

    • March 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

      The difference is we’ve never seen the construction of a dark side lightsaber. We’ve never seen the bleeding process etc.

      • March 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm

        Physically building a lightsaber isn’t that different I imagine. The bleeding process, not sure how that will play in a comic book and I personally don’t want them to make this overly complex process for the sake of a story.

  • March 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Sweet idea and all because of all you could potentially do with Vader and the Empire in that time period, but why can’t this just be issue #26? Seems potentially very confusing starting again with issue #1 and the same exact title.

    • March 11, 2017 at 1:24 am

      Because comics. Issue#1’s sell more than issue#insert random number here. I don’t agree with that logic but that’s how the industry works.

      • March 11, 2017 at 2:23 am

        I know. Comics are just weird. Although the Wookiepedia canon timeline page has it titled as Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith for now so who knows. It’s just so close from the last comic to have the same title. These are the things that bother me in life.

  • March 10, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I wanna see Vaders face fresh after his wounds and how he had healed so much. I guess he’s been doing a bacta bath everyday for 20 years

    • March 11, 2017 at 6:53 am

      I want to know why Vader shaves his eyebrows. They’re there in Rebels, but they’re gone in Jedi.

      • March 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

        The eyebrows in Rebels were confirmed not canon by Filoni, lol.

        • March 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

          Wow. Non-canon eyebrows.


  • March 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I’m very interested in this but the first issue cover looks too much like the Maul book from last month.

    They should change the title too so they can avoid confusion with the first Vader series

    • March 11, 2017 at 5:21 am

      This is gonna be a problem when I try to find it online…

  • March 11, 2017 at 5:15 am

    This is what I’ve been wanting for years. Bring it on!

  • March 11, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Oh hell yea!! I’m excited for this!!

  • March 11, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I really hope it improves upon the first run. I frankly couldn’t find anything worth my time. The art was alright in a couple of issues but the story was a total mess that didn’t go anywhere or reveal anything new about Vader. Also Dr. Aphra is a waste. I don’t understand why people make a big deal about her.

  • March 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I’m excited!! My only problem is that there are now THREE different comic series all called “Star Wars: Darth Vader”, and two of them have the exact same logo and are being/were put out by the same publisher.

  • March 11, 2017 at 8:39 am

    At last we many see more Clone Troopers in action!

  • March 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Would be very great to see the full transition from Anakin to Vader post RotS in this upcoming ongoing series; should be exciting. ^_^

  • March 11, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    I want to see more about inguisitors.

  • March 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Growing up in the UK in the early eighties where comics were all like The Beano,, American style comics weren’t generally available, yet we still had the films and books to keep us happy.

    Obviously these comics are much more widely available now but, in adulthood, I have clung on to a rather disparaging view of comics in general TBH, although I’ve read a few I’ve never bought one.

    A few years ago I was surprised to find Marvels AoS very enjoyable, particularly as I felt, the way many shots seemed to ‘cameo’ comic content.

    Maybe this has softened my belligerent attitude to comics but I think I’ll be paying a few quid, (real money not your pretend money that doesn’t have her maj on it, (Gawd bless ‘er she does a great job!)), on this short form graphic novel.

    Oh and if any Disney Execs are reading a Darth Bane standalone movie or trilogy would be peachy! That means good in English, not sure if in American English it means arse..sorry ass? 😉

    • March 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Hmm, I grew up in the UK in the early 1980s and from my experience, American Marvel/DC/Independent comics ( and the British repackaged versions of Marvel Comics/Star Wars comics ) was available in every corner shop – in fact American comics were much more widely available in ordinary newsagents until the 1990s after which time you’d have to go to specialist comic shops to purchase all the original American comics.

      • March 12, 2017 at 10:57 pm

        I guess it may also depend on where you grew up in the UK, a newsagents in a town or city is naturally going to have a larger selection, I grew up in a village. I also had three older brothers and can’t remember them having them either.

        • March 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm

          That’s interesting, didn’t know they were not available in certain parts. So you weren’t familiar with the UK Marvel Comics of “The Mighty World of Marvel”, “The Thing is BIG BEN”, “Spider-Man Weekly”, “Secret Wars”, etc.?

          Such a pity, it was a great time.

          • March 13, 2017 at 12:18 am

            I’m sure you could order them in as I had to do with Nutty, (the original publishers of Bannaman!), but I guess you’d have to know they exist in the first place. I only settled on Nutty because my siblings already got the Dandy and the Beano, my oldest brother was into Dan Dare and the Mekon so 2000AD and the relaunched Eagle.

    • March 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Most Americans know what “peachy” means, but we don’t say it unironically.

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