Darth Vader is coming back from the dead. Again. Marvel has given the go-ahead for a new five-issue Star Wars comic based on the Sith Lord after previously scrapping Shadow of Vader, a series that was supposed to be written by Chuck Wendig until his unceremonious firing.
Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions will be penned by Dennis Hopeless (Jean Grey, Cloak and Dagger) with a variety of illustrators including Paolo Villanelli (Star Wars: Lando Double of Nothing) providing the artwork and Greg Smallwood doing the covers.
According to StarWars.com, this latest batch of adventures will "shed a new light on the many sides of the galaxy's greatest villain" and is due to hit stores this March.
The news assures comic book fans that Dark Vader will once again rise in graphic form after Marvel pulled the plug on its heavily hyped Shadow mini-series last month in the wake of the controversy over Wendig's exit after being the target of online harassment.
The outspoken scribe, who had completed the stories for the first two issues, revealed on Twitter last October that Marvel terminated him because of his apparent willingness to strike back on Twitter against a nasty subset of the Star Wars community who were angered over his introduction of a gay character in his Aftermath novels, as well as his outspoken personality.
The progressive Wendig vociferously defended himself from his critics, even going so far as to suggest it was appropriate to use "vigorous, vulgar language" against those who would attack him for his inclusion of women and people of color in his titles. Though he was quick to note that he wasn't actually "calling for violence."
At the time of his departure, the writer told SYFY Wire this was the first time he'd ever heard Marvel had a problem with his social media presence, noting Lucasfilm Ltd. had "always been supportive, so they were not surprised by my Twitter."
Alas, the culture war brouhaha was clearly too much for Disney-owned Marvel. After unveiling Shadow of Vader at New York Comic Con on October 6, which would've told stories about the Helmeted One from different minor character perspectives, company higher-ups opted to ditch Shadow of Vader completely and start over with a fresh take free of the negativity that daily plagued Wendig.
Marvel's decision came on the heels of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn being forced out of that franchise for years-old tweets that, in Wendig's words, "riled up the wasp's nest of asterick-gate."