Details: Initially published in 2017. This series is still ongoing. Official site is https://www.marvel.com/comics/series/23095/darth_vader_2017_-_present
Star Wars: Darth Vader does everything I want in a Star Wars comic book. The book obviously can’t touch the events established in the movies. However, the book can add context and back story to all of these events, often times even justifying silly movie plot points that made no sense at the time. Darth Vader does this by giving side characters a time to shine, adding to the Jedi-Sith mythos, and adding more to Vader’s history.
This comic takes place after Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope and even before Rogue One I think. Anakin Skywalker as just been reborn as Darth Vader. He is overcome with rage and must now learn his place in the universe as a Sith lord.
First and foremost, the comic explores Jedi-Sith lore. I love Jedi-Sith Lore. Unlike The Last Jedi, this film seemingly respects the history of the film franchise and comes up with rules that are in line with what was established previously in the movies. Accordingly, the new ideas in this comic relating to the force are much more believable than a lot of what was in The Last Jedi.
The story is pretty good. It’s one of those kinds of stories where you know everything will go to hell. Anakin is evil and will only get more evil. Every time a plot point comes along that may redeem Anakin, Anakin will turn it down and become even more evil. It’s saddening and intriguing at the same time. It gave me the same feeling as when I read through Injustice for Superman.
The art is pretty good. Art in comics books need to be at a certain level or style in order to keep my attention. This comic book does that easily.
Overall, if you want more Star Wars lore that stays in line with what was established previously in the movie franchise, then this is a great book for you. It adds to the lore in a respectful way while telling a story that furthers the drop into darkness for Anakin Skywalker. Additionally, this book is canon as all Star Wars properties are managed by Disney and all side stories can now be considered in the same universe as the film continuity.