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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Spin-offs from Star Wars - Darth Vader


My very own tiny Darth Vader dolly.

When George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney I know I wasn't the only one to wonder how THAT was going to work. Then the powers-that-be announced that the Star Wars vast Expanded Universe library would be consigned to "legends". Granted, a lot of the EU stories aren't exactly great, but quite a few are not half bad. Well, we already know that Grand Admiral Thrawn is now Canon, not Legend – I wrote about that last week.

And we're starting to see the fantastic spin-offs possible in this scifi wonderland. There's so much scope with main characters in the saga, as well as with stories like Thrawn's.
The last one I found was Marvel's graphic novels (or comics if you prefer). They have produced a series entitled Darth Vader which covers the period between the destruction of the Death Star and the events of The Empire Strikes Back. The Emperor is furious. Vader has survived, but he's the only one left to blame. Vader must redeem himself in his master's eyes, while pursuing his own interest in the young Rebel pilot who ultimately destroyed the Death Star. IGN has a wrap-up here.

The covers are brilliant, and the story is great. The tension between Vader and his Emperor is palpable, and we learn something of Palpatine's feelings after the events on Mustafar where Anakin is defeated by Ben Kenobi. There are several new characters – and one old friend. Remember the general in the space station's conference room who had his doubts about the invincibility of the Death Star? That was just before Darth did the famous choke hold on the admiral, quipping, "I find your lack of faith disturbing."  General Tagge is the doubter's name. He must have been kicked off the Death Star before the weakness was exploited, because he's in this story.

I binge-read the series, appreciated the wonderful art, loved the story, and can't wait to see it on the big screen. Well, why not? If it's good enough for Deadpool and Thor, why not the Dark Lord of the Sith?

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