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Charles Soule Discusses His New Darth Vader Series

Recently, I shared my review on the new Marvel Darth Vader comic which is written by Charles Soule. I thought it was a fantastic start to a new series that explores an area of Darth Vader we have yet to see and are eager to see; his first steps as the mechanical, maniacal apprentice of Emperor Palpatine. In a recent interview with Marvel.com, Charles shared his thoughts on the Emperor, Darth Vader, and where this comic series is going.


Marvel.com caught up with Charles Soule to ask him some questions about his newest comic. He had previously mentioned to Marvel his interest in Palpatine as a character.

Palpatine has an uncomplicated goal—ultimate power!—but he goes about it in an extremely complex, subtle way. His greatest power is his ability to manipulate, and you can’t manipulate without—and this word will seem strange when describing Palpatine—empathy. You have to truly understand what makes a person tick in order to move them in the direction you want without them realizing it, and The Emperor is a master.                                                                                        –Charles Soule

Marvel also discussed Order 66 with Charles and his thoughts on whether it was a one time initiative or if it was a standing order.

I think it was a hard-coded part of the Clone Troopers’ “operating instructions,” if that makes sense. That said, it’s certainly emblematic of the Empire’s policy towards Jedi, which is basically: kill ‘em all. Whether the few Jedi survivors end up going from a literal application of Order 66 or another way—such as a certain brand new Sith with a grudge—the end result is the same.                                                 -Charles Soule

Charles shared his thoughts on what he believes makes Darth Vader so effective in hunting Jedi. He explained simply that Darth Vader WAS a Jedi, which means he knows their tactics, weaknesses, and their training. He thoroughly understands the mindset of a Jedi. Marvel also asked Charles what he would do if he was in the position of a Jedi on the run from Order 66.

I would never use the Force again, for one thing. But what’s the point, then? If you’re a Jedi, you are a living vessel for the Force. This might sound harsh, but I think most Jedi would rather die fighting than renounce the Force forever.   –Charles Soule

I don’t know about you, but that panel above makes me excited for future issues. I can’t help but keep commenting on how much I really enjoyed the debut issue. After talking with a bunch of you, I know you feel the same way.

Be sure to check out the full interview at Marvel.com and keep your eyes peeled for more comic reviews.

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  • Lurker_Jedi_No_More

    Read issue #1 last week and I enjoyed it, will keep it in my comic pull.

  • Jaken Wraith

    Guess this will be the Book i start with on my new Comic Adventure lol. They still like $1.25? If Comics are like $5 now forget it, i’ll find scan’s online and read em’.

    • Jimmy Griffin

      Most regular issues of the Star Wars titles are $3.99; sometimes a #1 issue or a one shot will be bigger and cost $4.99. I’m like you though, I remember when I was buying for $1.00 maybe $1.25. You’re going to find that the paper quality on a modern monthly comic now is infinitely better that what it was in the late 80’s and early 90’s; that in turn makes the colors much, much better.

      • It worth it in my opinion. Especially for this one. I can understand if you don’t want to buy comics you’re not interested in that much, but this one is one i recommend shelling out for. You won’t regret it.

      • CT-7567

        I sometimes miss the old pulp paper of the older comics. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want it back, just that sometimes when I read a reprint of an older comic on newer paper it seems to lose something.

        • Jimmy Griffin

          Agree totally. And, this may sound weird but, the old paper had a certain smell to it.

      • Jaken Wraith

        I figured they would be a couple Bucks more no matter what. And now that you mention it i have seen what the Paper they use look’s like nowadays. I have glossed thru a few Comincs when a local Mall still had a Shop. I am inpressed with that. Thank’s all.

    • Jesus’s Best Friend Floyd

      Comics are overpriced but you can wait for the trade paperback when they sell a 4-6 issue arc in 1 book.

  • Coleman Miller

    This is a title every Star Wars fans should get in my opinion.

    • I agree with that.

      • CT-7567

        It is a pretty essential part of Vader history.

  • Jimmy Griffin

    Issue 2 comes out this coming Wednesday, June 21st. Looking forward to it.

    • Me too, Me Too!

      • CT-7567

        Me three. I haven’t been this excited for a comic in a while!

        • shane

          Yep, this has pulled me back in for sure.

  • Shawn

    I wonder if that is Jorus C’baoth re canonized?

    The Jedi Temple Guards seen in clone wars become the Inquisitors of Rebels. It will be really fun to see them assist Vader in hunting down the last of The Jedi. This will finally fulfill a bit of what we thought we where going to see on screen in the prequels pre 1999. Vader and his “Knights of the Sith” hunting The Jedi down as the Empire Strikes back novelization implied.

  • Fire JJ Make SW Great Again!

    Related to Jeremy Soule? Now there’s a composer who can write Star Wars music. No F’ing clue why they haven’t hired him for any of the films yet considering he doesn’t seem all that expensive and is better than most ones working today.

  • shane

    Would have been cool if it was Shaak Ti that Vader got his lightsaber from. From my understanding her death is still up in the air. Anyway, can’t wait for issue 2.

    • Jesus’s Best Friend Floyd

      Even though it was a deleted scene, I think Grievous killing her is canon.

      • shane

        Pablo said it was in the Jedi Temple she died. That’s what I mean, it isn’t clear at all. And that deleted scene was terrible.

  • snowdroid

    the recent Vader series started quite okay and finished quite terribly… oh, and I hated Dr. Aphra…

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