You can't keep a good Sith Lord down; Marvel Comics has announced that Darth Vader will return in a new ongoing series from writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.
This new volume of the series takes place immediately after the events in "Revenge of the Sith" when we saw Vader join Emperor Palpatine as they watched over the construction of the Death Star.
Soule described the series to IGN as "Darth Vader: Year One," a reference to Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli "Batman: Year One."
"The book begins one second after the end of Revenge of the Sith. Darth Vader is in the armored suit that we see throughout the rest of his life, most of his life," Soule explained. "He is just awakening to that moment and that realization. So he has shouted ‘No!’ in the way we see in the film, and then it picks up immediately after that point. So we see him adjusting to that. We see him learning to be more machine than man. We see him going through some really, really cool early moments of his early mythology and history."
Readers will also get the opportunity to learn the origin of his crimson-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."
The first volume of “Darth Vader” took place between "A New Hope" and "Empires Strikes Back." For 25 issues, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca told a dark, dramatic tale with plenty of death and betrayal.
Of course, Soule has his own ideas, and revealed how his take on "Darth Vader" will differ from Gillen's.
"I would say that in Kieron's series, you had a man who had been doing that job and was sort of accustomed to his reality in a way that this Vader is not. So [in this new series] the fire is burning very, very bright in terms of his hatred and anger and the things he's trying to work through. He's trying to understand himself, whereas Vader in Gillen's series was almost sort of an older crocodile that's been around for a long, long time and has no real enemies or challenges. Obviously there were challenges in that book, but this is someone who's very, very sure of his place in the universe and galaxy. It was kind of about topping that a little and taking that away from him and seeing what he did."
"I'm trying to write Vader almost like Jason in 'Friday the 13th,'" Soule continued. "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."
"Darth Vader" #1 will arrive in stores in June.