If you have ever read anything from the Star Wars galaxy, you will know the name Darth Vader quite well. He’s been around since the first Star Wars movie in which he starred. He was a nemesis of Luke Skywalker, who used his father as a way to get close to Vader. He has also appeared in lots of spin-off and sequel films, as well as several books, games and cartoons.
For many fans, Darth Vader stands alone in Star Wars. His character has never been in a story that didn’t feature him, and there are plenty of stories written about him. It is this background which makes it easy for fans to imagine they know more about the dark lord of the Sith than those who have only seen him on screen. If you are someone who loves Star Wars and enjoys reading new stories about it or re-reading old ones, then collecting Darth Vader comics is a great way to make sure you never forget what happened in all those classic movies.
One of the most popular ways of beginning a Darth Vader story is starting with the original Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope. As with all early story chapters, this collection features a tale that picks up shortly after the events of the original movie. This allows fans to enjoy Vader’s rise to power as they begin to learn about the dark knight from the people who first knew him. Because this movie is the start of a huge part of Star Wars history, many readers feel it is wise to start a Darth Vader reading order with the first movie, so they can dive in right away and get acquainted with the man behind the mask.
Another of the best sources for Darth Vader collectibles is the Star Wars: Outer Places hardcover deluxe edition. Though it only contains three stories, these are all excellent candidates for a Darth Vader reading order. The first story, The Phantom Menace, is written as a fictionalized telling of what occurred on the planet Anoat. Following it are the two epics, Revenge of the Sith and Rise of the Emperor. These novels give a more detailed look into the character and his time as a Dark Lord than the previous films, and really kick things off in the right direction for a potential readership of Vader and the Empire.
Darth Vader Comic Books
The third leg of a Darth Vader reading order is the much-awaited third novel in the saga, Doctor Aphra. This one collects the final four installments of the original trilogy, and gives a much more detailed look into Vader’s character and his motivations for wreaking havoc on the galaxy. In essence, this book fills in some of the gaps left by the conclusion of Revenge of the Sith, and it answers some of the questions fans had about Vader before the movie even came out. If you thought the dark knight was just a facade, then you’ll love these books! If you thought Vader was too good of an opponent to be subdued by the Jedi, then you’ll love these books!
For fans who have been waiting for a long time to see Vader put to death,Doctor Aphra is a great pick. While the end of Revenge of the Sith left fans wanting more from the franchise, the release of Doctor Aphra Vol. gives us a full length novel to root for in the Star Wars saga. Though it takes place before the events of Revenge of the Sith, it still makes a fantastic read because we get another glimpse into the character and the gravity that he holds over the entire universe.
The last four issues of Doctor Aphra Vol. are all written by Greg Bunn and contain many stories featuring Aphra, as well as two brief stories focusing on Vader himself. Though the primary focus is Vader, there are a number of other interesting supporting characters including Stormtroopers, Jawas, and Boba Fett. If you’re new to the Star Wars fan world and looking for a solid Vader story to start with, then this Doctor Aphra comic collection is definitely a must-read.