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The Chosen One (Part 1) - Darth Vader (2017) - 001 - Marvel Comics

Series: Darth Vader (2017)

Issue: 1

Title: The Chosen One (Part 1)

Creators: Charles Soule (Writer); Giuseppe Camuncolli (Illustrator)

Release Date: June 7, 2017

Timeline: Immediately after Revenge of the Sith

Review by Colin Borden. This is a full review with discussion.
Spoiler warning applies...

The most fearsome villain of all time returns with an all-new series! When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that was once dear to him, the former chosen one must take his first steps into a darker world…as Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith!

The Clone Wars are over. The Jedi are defeated. Palpatine has become Emperor, finally in position to bend the galaxy to his will through the power of the Sith.

Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker has fallen to the dark side of the Force. Swayed by Palpatine's promise to help prevent the death of his pregnant wife, Padmé, Skywalker betrayed the Jedi and became the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Defeated by his old friend and former master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Vader was left to die on the volcanic planet Mustafar.

Retrieved by Palpatine, and placed into a suit of cybernetic armor to preserve his life, Vader awakens to learn that his wife has died. Now, for Darth Vader, there is only rage, pain, and the new Galactic Empire...

Review & Summary

It is a rare occasion that I find a comic that I think is worth reading and fills in important story line that fits with the movies so well. I’m going to keep this as Spoiler-Free as possible, but I will give some important details as to what this issue is about. So, here it is..

It is important not to mistake this for the previous Darth Vader comic that ended its run sometime last year I believe (yes, I know…it confused me too). This story literally picks up almost right where Revenge of the Sith  leaves off. Remember the famous, “Noooooooooooooooo!”? Well, it picks up RIGHT from there. The answer to your question is, Yes. I literally heard that sound clip in my mind when i read the first panel, and I’m sure you will too!

It expands upon the scene where Vader loses it and starts crushing and damaging things by throwing Emperor Palpatine with the force. Of course, Palpatine doesn’t let this go and he promptly zaps Vader with some Sith Lightning telling Vader to defend himself with his Lightsaber. Oh, but wait…his saber was taken by Obi-Wan. Palpatine extends his blade to Vader’s head and lets him know that Lightsaber belonged to someone else who is no more, and also let’s him know that even though he considers them to be friends, he will end him if Vader touches him with the force again. Vader is given the choice to use the gift of pain Padme gave him…or Die.

You get an awesome back and forth with a huge gathering featuring Mas Amedda and ALL the Lightsabers from the fallen Jedi Knights (including Yoda’s). As Vader and the Emperor look on from above, Mas destroys the weapons with some molten-type stuff and there is a HUGE explosion of light throwing him back.

The issue basically ends with Palpatine dumping Vader on a planet, weaponless, where he originally left him a ship that seems to have been stolen. Vader learns a lesson that the Emperor could have given him any Kyber from those weapons, even Yoda’s…but a Sith must take his Kyber. Vader is now on the hunt for a Jedi to get his Kyber crystal from. He finds the ship that was stolen…and it is an interesting scene for sure.

This comic actually looks promising. I know many people enjoyed the Doctor Ahpra aspect of the other Vader comic, but I like how this is actually expanding on a story we know and giving us details we haven’t learned yet. Like where did Darth Vader get his Sith Lightsaber? Why are Vader’s lenses Red sometimes and not other times?

Palpatine also explains why Sith have red sabers and how they make them like that. All in all, this was an exciting issue in my opinion and I am looking forward to part two and seeing how and who becomes Vader’s first Jedi victim in his brand spanking new leather getup.



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What Worked

What Worked

  • Starting at a familiar scene from ROTS
  • Palpatine showing Vader who’s boss with Lightning
  • Deeper explanation of Red blades
  • Mas Amedda destroying the Jedi weapons
  • Possible Explanation of Vader’s lens color change
  • Vader killing a group of armed people without a weapon

What Didn’t Work

  • Not many negatives about this comic so far
  • I truly had hoped Yoda’s saber had a better fate
  • Length of the comic. This would’ve been much better as one issue instead of Part 1 of 2.
Variant Cover Gallery

Action figure variant cover by John Tyler Christopher   Variant cover by Adi Granov   Variant cover by Francesco Mattina   Movie variant cover by Lucasfilm Ltd.   Action figure variant cover by John Tyler Christopher

Baby variant cover by Skottie Young   Action figure variant cover by John Tyler Christopher   Era variant cover by Phil Noto   Fried Pie exclusive variant cover by David Lopez   Marvel Comics homage variant cover by Mark Brooks

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Added: June 18, 2017
Category: Marvel Comics
Reviewer: Colin Borden
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