I, VADER: KIERON GILLEN & SALVADOR LARROCA TALK ‘STAR WARS: DARTH VADER’ [INTERVIEW]
Few in the Star Wars universe are more enigmatic, more revered, or more quoted than Darth Vader. And yet, despite being introduced to Vader’s conflicted adolescence and troubled past in George Lucas’ most recent film trilogy, we are still not fully aware of who the galaxy’s most sinister villain really is beneath that obsidian faceplate. Sure, some of us root for the rebels. Some align with the Empire. But we all, without a doubt, want to peek under the mask of the most interesting villain in the universe; especially during that mysterious time between the first Death Star’s destruction and The Empire Strikes Back.
Now we finally get more pieces of the personality puzzle with a story taking place during a time when Vader’s vengeful thirst for power solidifies. It’s a period explored before in various Expanded Universe stories, but never before by Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine) and Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny Avengers). Their new ongoing series, Star Wars: Darth Vader, is one of three new series announced by Marvel at Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend, the first since Marvel acquired the Star Wars comic book license as a consequence of Lucasfilm’s acquisition with Marvel parent Disney.
We spoke to the creative team about the psychology of sci-fi’s most famous villain and what to expect from the new ongoing series.
UNAPOLOGETICALLY STRONG: MARK WAID & TERRY DODSON TALK ‘STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA’ [INTERVIEW]
Earlier this year, it was announced somewhat controversially but unsurprisingly that the Star Wars comic book license would be leaving Dark Horse, its home of more than 20 years, and moving to Marvel Comics. This was not a surprise, as once Marvel corporate parent Disney bought Star Wars owner Lucasfilm, fans felt it was only a matter of time before Marvel announced that it would produce its own original Star Wars comics for the first time decades. But no one knew what exactly Marvel would actually dowith Star Wars.
Saturday at Comic-Con International, Marvel announced no fewer than three new Star Wars series to the San Diego crowd: two ongoings titled Star Wars and Star Wars: Darth Vader, and a miniseries called Star Wars: Princess Leia.
Princess Leia is, of course, one of the most famous characters in science fiction, and very arguably the most famous female character. She’s iconic, recognizable, and quotable. Leia is a character with a lot of implied depth that the Star Wars movies didn’t fully explore, even across three films in which she appeared. Of course, hardcore Star Wars fans could tell you a lot about Leia’s numerous adventures in the Expanded Universe of novels, comics and games, but as evidenced by Marvel’s plans to start anew with its own adventures that are fully canonical with the films and new animated series, there’s something to be said for offering film fans a fresh start with this most important character.
That start is to be facilitated by some of American superhero comics’ most popular creators: writer Mark Waid and penciller Terry Dodson, who along with editor Jordan D. Whitespoke with ComicsAlliance about their auspicious new gig.
FORCE WORKS: MARVEL ANNOUNCES THREE NEW STAR WARS TITLES FROM ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAMS
The Cup O’ Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday featured one of the biggest announcements of the weekend as Marvel unveiled the creative teams for its first three all-new Star Wars comics. The new books have been hotly anticipated since plans for Marvel Star Wars books were first announced back in January.
Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca will team for a Darth Vader ongoing series; Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will author a five-issue Princess Leia mini series; and Jason Aaron and John Cassaday have been named as the creative team for a Star Wars ongoing series. The three series will launch through the first quarter of 2015.
LEGO SAN DIEGO EXCLUSIVES INCLUDE ADORABLE BATMOBILE, COLLECTIBLE COLLECTOR, AND MORE
LEGO, the world’s greatest toy, has now officially revealed all the ways it intends to drive fans and collectors into fury, anguish, and despair at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con with its range of exclusive sets and minifigures only available on the con floor.
The main draw this year will surely be the ridiculously cute Batmobile set, which comes with Batman and Robin minifigs and an innate sense of joy and delight.
PHINEAS AND FERB BRING IMBALANCE TO THE FORCE IN NEW DISNEY TV/STAR WARS MASHUP
By Andy Khouri
Just about one year to the day since Disney Television Animation’s Phineas and Ferb enjoyed a visit from the heroes of Marvel Comics — or an epic crossover event, if you like — Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh’ critically acclaimed and very popular musical comedy series will be the first to mashup with Star Wars since creator George Lucas’ company was acquired by Disney last year.
Premiering next Saturday, July 26, on Disney XD, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars takes place in what the studio actually terms “an alternate universe” in which the title characters and their supporting players inhabit the iconic roles of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
For those of you unfamiliar with the harrowing legend of Phineas and Ferb, the series is one of the most unconventionally structured and idiosyncratically directed of Disney TV Animation’s current slate — which includes Gravity Falls, so that’s saying something. Each episode typically follows step-brothers Phineas and Ferb on some kind of adorably outlandish adventure — like constructing the most dangerous roller coaster in history in their back yard — while the bros themselves remain eminently chill throughout. Their older sister Candace is something of a narc, always trying to get them busted for not obeying the rules and generally panicking and freaking out constantly. But while all that goes on — and this is where it gets really weird — the boys’ pet… platypus… who is called Perry, sneaks off to pursue his true nature as… an undercover spy… working to bring down a mad scientist Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (think Dexter from Dexter’s Lab all grown up and hilariously inept) … in a subplot that has nothing to do with what Phineas and Ferb are even doing… until they crash into each other in the end in such a way that nullifies all evidence of whatever Phineas and Ferb were doing and make Candance look insane to their mom.
Like I said, it’s wild.
Annnd here’s a look at my set of Star Wars: Knight Errant covers from volume 2 of the series (2012).
Following last week’s statements regarding the transition of the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics to Marvel, the biggest questions weren’t whether Darth Vader would meet Doctor Doom or who The House of Ideas would hire to helm its presumed projects in 2015. Many were curious about Dark Horse’s backlist — some 20 years of comic book stories by hundreds of prominent writers, artists and other creators —and the continuity they’d built outside that of the canon established in Lucasfilm’s six features and related tie-ins (those two Ewok movies were wild, man). Also in question was the future of Dark Horse Comics V.P. of Publishing and Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. Now, thanks to a response from Dark Horse, we have at least a few more answers.