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New ‘Darth Vader’ Comic Explores Sith Lord’s Early Years

Since the release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, there’s always been some question of how the legendary villain went from conflicted Anakin to fully evil Darth Vader.

Marvel Comics is answering those questions in its second Darth Vader series. Written by Charles Soule and with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, this is the story of Vader’s first year as a Sith Lord.


The cover of Darth Vader #1 by Jim Cheung. Source:

The comic picks up right at the end of Revenge of the Sith with Vader now a full-fledged leader of the Empire.

In an interview with, Soule explained where he thought Vader’s mindset was at this point in the story.

“In any story, comics or otherwise, you want drama and conflict, and you want your protagonist to have a compelling goal or challenge to overcome. By setting the Vader series in this part of the timeline, when he’s just gotten into the armor after his defeat at Obi-Wan’s hands, we get all of that,” said Soule. “Darth Vader has lost everything, including, basically, his body and face. He’s trying to discover, at a basic level, what he is. It’s a fantastic story to be able to tell, a terrifyingly powerful dark wizard with absolutely nothing left to lose, and a galaxy to subjugate.”


The first story arc is about Vader building his red lightsaber and the journey that takes him on.

“Like…almost everything about being a Sith, it’s about anger and pain. It’s exciting, though, it’s not easy for Vader to accomplish his goal here, not by a long shot,” said Soule.

With the Star Wars film universe expanding to include more origin stories, this new series fits right in with the franchise’s current direction.

The first issue of Darth Vader hits comic book shops in June.



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