Darth Vader's early days to be explored in new ongoing comic book

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Mar 10, 2017

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to a second ongoing series from Marvel Comics. Is that how the saying goes?

Either way, the Dark Side has been kind to everyone's favorite Sith Lord, as Darth Vader will be headlining his second ongoing comic book series from Marvel starting this June. The series will be exploring Vader's life immediately following the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

The series will be written by Charles Soule, who just yesterday was also announced as the writer of Astonishing X-Men, and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli, whose work was most recently seen on Image's Green Valley with Max Landis.

In an interview with IGN, Soule discussed the plot of the series and likened it to Darth Vader's version of Batman: Year One, wherein he'll deal with his newly mechanical nature and becoming the Sith we know him to be. "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," Soule said.

One of those moments will be the construction of his red lightsaber, which will be the focus of the series' first arc. "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."

Soule is no stranger to Star Wars comics, having already written the Lando series, and is currently writing the Poe Dameron series. He says that characters from the wider Star Wars universe may make appearances where appropriate, but only confirmed Emperor Palpatine and the Inquisitors from Star Wars: Rebels. Because of the time period, though, we could potentially see a number of characters from Rebels or perhaps even younger characters from Rogue One. Maybe even an appearance by Ahsoka Tano? We can only hope.

The series obviously is following up on Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's massively successful Darth Vader run which ran for 25 issues and wrapped in October of last year. That series was a fan favorite as it followed Vader between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, which means this series will act like a sort of prequel to that series.

This book certainly has some large, black metallic boots to fill. Will you be giving this new Vader tale a shot? Check out the first issue cover by Jim Cheung and let us know if you'll be embracing the Dark Side in the comments below.