Must Read Marvel Comic of 2016 – Darth Vader
Fans of Marvel Comics should not underestimate the power of the dark side! Marvel’s most consistently entertaining comic of 2016 is Darth Vader. Through twenty page installments the creative team of Kieron Gillen (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), and Edgar Delgado (colorist) transport Star Wars fans to a galaxy far far way. For individuals who are unfamiliar with Marvel’s Darth Vader comic series, it is set between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. One of the most interesting aspects of Darth Vader is the journey the readers undertake. Everyone knows that Vader will survive.
Darth Vader (the comic) is engaging because of the title character’s journey of redemption, in the eyes of the Emperor, after the Death Star’s destruction in Episode IV. The creative team (smartly) includes an original cast of supporting characters (Doctor Aphra, Triple-Zero, and BT-1) who are placed in jeopardy, while serving as a twisted reflection of Anakin Skywalker’s friendships. Sadly Darth Vader concluded with issue twenty-five, but a spin-off title starring Doctor Aphra launched in December 2016. Doctor Aphra is also written by Kieron Gillen.
Honorable Mention – The Vision
The creative team of Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellarie, with Michael Walsh examines identity and humanity through the lens of Avengers’ comic book continuity.
This twelve issue series may rely upon older Avengers storylines, but it is an ensemble drama featuring new characters. The members of Vision’s family make the series very appealing for readers who are only familiar with the lead character courtesy of Marvel’s cinematic universe.