We’ve had Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca’s groundbreaking Darth Vader series from Marvel Comics, but now we’re promised an origin story of sorts, focusing in on the rise of Vader in a new #1 for Darth Vader, arriving in June. Written by Charles Soule (Poe Dameron, Astonishing X-Men, Curse Words) and illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man) with cover art by Jim Cheung, this will be an all-new ongoing series.
Amusingly, series editor, Jordan D. White, says that Soule’s work in presenting Emperor Palpatine in the past convinced White that Soule had an “evil streak” which made him right for this job.
Here’s the official description for this 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!
Marvel are teasing that this series will include the following origin elements fans are waiting for: the construction of Vader’s red lightsaber, the fallout of Order 66, the beginnings of the Inquisitor program, and the rise of the Empire.
This could, in fact, be a rather dark series as we see Vader become the villain we know and fear. Wait for June to see just how far into the Dark Side this series will go.