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Comic(s) Relief: Darth Vader To Face This Star Wars Baddie On The Comics Page

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VaderHuttDark Horse published Star Wars comics for over 20 years, but now that George Lucas‘ franchise is in the hands of Disney, the license has shifted over to Marvel — which Disney owns. They’ll be launching several new Star Wars comics series next year, and just like the new movies, the Rebels animated series, and, well, pretty much everything Star Wars related from this point out, it will all take place in the same official, overarching canon. Beginning with Star Wars #1 in January 2015, we’ll get new comics stories focusing on the original trilogy’s core trio of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia…plus a series focusing on everybody’s favorite asthmatic cyborg, Darth Vader himself. And it turns out he’ll be launching the comic that bears his name in style — by confronting another of Star Wars‘ most iconic baddies: Jabba the Hutt.

Marvel has posted art from the debut issue of Darth Vader, set to release in February, and while it doesn’t provide much context, it does reveal that Vader will be visiting Jabba the Hutt’s crib on Tatooine. The series is set in the aftermath of A New Hope, so while we don’t know exactly what he’s after, we can safely assume it has something to do with crushing that pesky Rebel Alliance that just nuked the Death Star. You can check out the art, and a brief and mostly clue-free synopsis from Marvel below. The Darth Vader series is being written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Salvador Larroca.

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!

Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of Star Wars: A New Hope (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!

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