Today we have some unfortunate new for fans of Marvel's new Star Wars Comics. IGN is reporting that the ongoing Comic series Star Wars: Darth Vader, which is written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca, will be ending with issue #25 in August. The series has been set in the time period following Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and focuses on Darth Vader and an assortment of new characters, including Doctor Aphra, Triple-Zero and BT-1, in the aftermath of the destruction of the first Death Star. Issue #25 will bring the story to a close and put Vader back on better terms with the Emperor.
IGN spoke at length with Kieron Gillen about the endgame for Darth Vader, specifically addressing why they chose to end it with issue #25:
"...we've always said all the way through, from Darth Vader #1, that this was a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. And we kind of looked where we were after Vader Down, and we realized we were probably actually nearer to the end than we thought we were. And it was a situation where we were like, "Okay, it's better to actually end this story in a way which we think is the most effective. We don't want to pad it out extraneously." That was the kind of thing, we were like, "Oh yeah, this is the end of this particular story," in which case it's a natural place for Vader to move on."
You can read the full interview from IGN here. In addition, they also revealed the official cover for Issue #25 and a variant edition along with a synopsis and other details, which you can check out below:
KIERON GILLEN (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Cover by JUAN GIMENEZ
VARIANT COVER BY ADI GRANOV
VARIANT COVER BY Jamie McKelvie
VARIANT COVER BY Michael Cho
VARIANT COVER BY KaMome Shirahama
VARIANT COVER BY Joe Quesada
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY Joe Quesada
VARIANT COVER BY Chris Samnee
VARIANT COVER BY Sara Pichelli
VARIANT COVER BY Cliff Chiang
VARIANT COVER BY SALVADOR LARROCA
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
It has all built up to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids! All comes to fruition in an oversized 40-page issue by the stellar team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! You won’t want to miss this ending!
56 PGS./Rated T …$5.99
Look for issue #25 of Star Wars: Darth Vader at your favorite comic book store this August!
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