After Halloween comes another exciting event: Dutch Comic Con – Winter Edition. My fellow writer Ingrid wants to cosplay there, you can read her artikel here. And after reading that Spencer Wilding would be there, Darth Vader in Star Wars: Rogue One, I wanted to write about the Darth Vader series recently read.
I am slightly deviating from my Horror month, but Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains of the last 30 years; everybody knows who he is. I grew up loving Star Wars and the silhoutte and heavy breathing of Darth Vader are etched into my brain.
Gillen brings it again
Kieron Gillen, from Wicked+Divine fame, breathes life in Vader, in this 25 issue run from Marvel. I understood it crossed a few times with the Star Wars series but I could read it fine on it’s own. Marvel did a good job with their Princess Leia series, so I was confident I was going to like this one.
Join the Dark Side
The series follows Darth Vader after the destruction of the first Death Star. He has fallen out of grace with the Emperor and needs to reassure his position. Meanwhile he uses bounty hunters to seek out the son he recently found out he had. He also gets a sort of sidekick in archealogist Chelli Lona Aphra. She is blackmailed into helping the Sith Lord. She has her own droids 0-0-0(triple zero) and BT-1 (BeeTee) who are mirror universe versions of C3PO and R2-D2. They are insane and murderous. He wants to create his own droid army to rival the Emperor.
This series does a bang up job giving some much needed background and flavour to an already cool character. Some of the universe’s favourites came along like Jabba and Boba Fett. And in dealing with them we get a sense of establishment in this Universe and how Darth Vader operates. We see a Sith Lord hell bent on redemption, while on the background he uses machinations to usurp the Emperor. The artwork is awesome, and the writing is on point. Gillen was chosen fort his book because he knows how to write a villain and it shows, we see a passionate Darth Vader, a calculating one and a terrifying one. A good read while waiting for the new movie, or to give a link between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.