Marvel’s new Darth Vader comic begins to build the legend of a Sith Lord

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Marvel’s first stab at a Darth Vader comic book series a couple of years ago was frankly…fantastic. What writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larocca created was a saga that examined the motives behind the mask, of how Vader was ready to betray the Emperor he served and the unbridled badassery of a fallen Jedi on the hunt.

That Vader was a seasoned pro by the time the first issue hit the stands, having been an unforgiving example of the Emperor’s wrath for around two decades at that point. Marvel’s latest Darth Vader series is taking a different route in its tale of the newest Sith Lord, thanks to writer Charles Soule and the gorgeous art of Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and David Curiel. Fresh off the operating table, this is a Vader who comes off as a volcano of emotion, his hatred and defiance bubbling up beneath him and exploding when he realises the reality of his situation.

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In one night, Anakin Skywalker has lost everything. His life, his love and the man who was the closest thing he had left to family. Also his remaining limbs, good looks and the chance to ever go swimming again. Man, that has got to hurt, even f his new master clearly doesn’t give a Mynock’s turd about his condition and is more interested in rebuilding his apprentice into a tool of hate.

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That’s the running theme here, as negative emotions guide this issue. Palpatine wants Vader ready for the battles ahead, but he’ll need to get his robo-hands on the trademark tool of the Sith and the Jedi to do so: A lightsaber. A while back, it was revealed why Sith lightsabers happen to always ignite with a shade of glowing crimson. Here, Palpatine explains further the reason behind the corruption of the Kyber crystals that power the lightsaber hilts and it is horrifying in detail.

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Yeesh. With a mission ahead of him, Vader is on a quest to track down and take what he feels is owed. Armed with nothing more than his senses, the dark side of the Force and his new prosthetics, I’ve got a feeling that this is going to be a mission that ends in blood and more pain for anyone who stands in his way.

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Basically, the Sith is about to hit the fan.

Last Updated: June 8, 2017

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