This June, a Sith Lord Rises in Darth Vader #1!
After Kieron Gillen’s run of Darth Vader ended last year, did you really think Marvel and Lucasfilms would let this comic cash cow go? Of course not!
This June, writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli team up for Darth Vader #1. After the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker became the Sith Lord Darth Vader. This new series will tackle his rise into the Dark Side as he became more machine than man.
Graphic Policy has a great synopsis of the coming series:
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.
There is so much I’m excited about in these two paragraphs! As an avid Star Wars: Rebels fan, I am eager to see how the Inquisitor program was started. We know that the Grand Inquisitor from season one was a Jedi Temple guard who fell to the Dark Side. I hope we get more backstory about him.
With the fallout of Order 66, I really need to see some Clone Troopers in the story. We know in the canon that the Clone Troopers were decommissioned for Stormtroopers. Thanks to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we got to know many clones personally as we followed their various journeys for six seasons. We know what happened to the majority of the members of the 501st serving under Anakin Skywalker in the Clone Wars. Rex escaped Order 66 with Ahsoka Tano from the Ahsoka novel. Fives and Tup was killed. Kix appears to be the only clone that made it to The Force Awakens timeline. The only clone in the 501st that we don’t know the fate of is Jesse who was a key player in the season four Umbara arc in Clone Wars. He’s a favorite of mine, so I want to know what happened to him.
It’s going to be interesting to both see the rise of Vader and the early days of the Empire. This will more than likely have plenty of Easter eggs to connect Clone Wars to Rebels. I cannot wait to get my hands on this comic this summer.
Here’s a look at Darth Vader #1 cover art by Jim Cheung!