Darth Vader Comic Will Reveal the Origin Of His Red Lightsaber

Friday, 10 March 2017 - 8:12PM
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Friday, 10 March 2017 - 8:12PM
Darth Vader Comic Will Reveal the Origin Of His Red Lightsaber
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Anakin Skywalker's original blue lightsaber has been a key part of Star Wars: Obi-Wan gave it to Luke when they first met, and after Luke lost it with the rest of his arm, it's since been discovered by Rey in The Force Awakens. But what about Anakin's other lightsaber - the shiny red one he swung around as Darth Vader?

Those early chapters of Vader's career will be explored in a new Darth Vader comic book from Marvel (replacing the previous one), written by Charles Soule and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Speaking to IGN, Soule says the series will begin just after Revenge of the Sith, a moment after Vader's big "Nooo!" moment. And from there, it'll follow a burnt-out and burnt-up Anakin/Vader as he becomes the cold and menacing villain introduced in the original 1977 film.

Soule goes on to describe the comic's first story arc, which will be all about Vader's new lightsaber:
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"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?"
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The previous Darth Vader comic series, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca, lasted for 25 issues and followed the already-experienced Vader between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. In contrast, this new, amateur Vader will be much closer to the Anakin from the prequel trilogy. Soule also said that cameos from characters who survived Order 66 are likely, even if a baby Luke won't be appearing at all.

Soule has a long comics resume, especially in Star Wars comics, where he's written for Lando, Obi-Wan and Anakin, and the ongoing Poe Dameron. The earliest days of Darth Vader are some that don't often get explored, perhaps because they'd be a more vulnerable take on the villain than many prefer. And now that anything from the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, there's a lot of space for new writers to step into Vader's fancy black cape and helmet.


Darth Vader #1 will come out in June 2017.
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