Marvel Ends its Star Wars: Darth Vader Series

Monday, 16 May 2016 - 12:26PM
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Monday, 16 May 2016 - 12:26PM
Marvel Ends its Star Wars: Darth Vader Series
Were you enjoying Marvel's Star Wars: Darth Vader series? Of course you were, it was brilliantly written and wonderfully illustrated, which makes the news that Marvel is canceling the series all the harder to swallow. Yes, Marvel has taken the decision to cancel one of its most popular series, with author Kieron Gillen stating that he and his team feel the story will have run its course after just 25 issues.

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"...it was a situation where, you know, we've always said all the way through, from Darth Vader #1, that this was a story with a beginning, a middle and an end," Gillen told IGN. "And we kind of looked where we were after Vader Down, and we realized we were probably actually nearer to the end than we thought we were. And it was a situation where we were like, "Okay, it's better to actually end this story in a way which we think is the most effective. We don't want to pad it out extraneously." That was the kind of thing, we were like, "Oh yeah, this is the end of this particular story," in which case it's a natural place for Vader to move on.
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This all means that, after the thrilling Vader Down crossover arc, Vader's latest arc, End of Games, will fittingly serve as his last.

Picking up after the events of A New Hope, the Vader series has charted the Dark Lord's efforts to get back into the good graces of his Master, Emperor Palpatine. During this time, we've seen him wage war on inhospitable mining planets, fend off cybernetic force-sensitive beings who wish to replace him as Palpatine's apprentice, and generally be an all round bad-ass.


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But, despite the overwhelming sense of a premature ending, Gillen insists that he and his team never committed to a certain length for the series. And, while issue 25 will be the last, the writer confirms that we will get the ending we all desired when the series was first announced.

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Oh, no. I mean, I don't really want to talk about the specific timeframe, but I always described the story in interviews as the story of how Darth Vader recovers his position post-A New Hope. You know, he's arguably responsible for the biggest disaster of all time – or at least, the only person responsible still alive - and by Empire he's in a much more powerful state. We get Vader in an incredibly powerful position by the end of the story. So definitely Vader, by the end of the story, is the man we meet in Empire.
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With Vader having successfully fended off the attentions of Thanoth and Cylo in previous arcs, it appears the path is now clear for his ascension back to power, which can only mean one thing for a lot of Vader fans....the Executor.

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I think I've said this in interviews, but you always know the final shot will be Vader aboard the Executor, you know, on the bridge, ready to go after Luke. I mean, you know that, because that's where you want to see Vader, his rise to even greater power. Essentially, the final arc is sort of set around the Executor. That's kind of the main setting for a lot of the action, that we're playing with, which is kind of the big conclusion, the apex, of what's happened so far.
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For now, Marvel's Star Wars: Darth Vader continues with 'End of Games'. The last issue in the series will be #25, which is out later this Summer.

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