I’ve spent the better part of the last week creating graphics for all of the new store exclusive variants announced for the first issue of the upcoming Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red mini-series by Marvel comics. There are a ton. It’s not surprising though. Vader is one of the most popular characters in the franchise and every single time a new series includes his name… people get excited.
Little is known about the actual plot or stories that will make up the series but based on everything I’ve been hearing is that it will have the same vibe as Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions. Meaning our favorite Dark Lord will be terrorizing everyone around him. I LOVED Dark Visions. It’s not the most important series in terms of lore but few comic series are as entertaining as Dark Visions issue to issue.
Marvel recently shared the official 7-page art preview for Darth Vader – Black White and Red #1 and I have to say it has me excited. Art-wise I love how different it looks/feels compared tp all of the other current comic series going right now. Hopefully, the stories are as unique as the art direction.
Here’s what Marvel had to say about the issue in their preview post:
The latest in Marvel’s BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD line, STAR WARS: DARTH VADER – BLACK, WHITE & RED #1 boasts stories by Jason Aaron, Leonard Kirk, Peach Momoko, Torunn Grønbekk, and Klaus Janson. The issue sees Aaron team up with Kirk for a rousing saga that will span all four issues, while Momoko contributes her first-ever interior work to a STAR WARS comic. Likewise, acclaimed writer Torunn Grønbekk will make her STAR WARS debut in a story with Janson.
“‘All I am surrounded by is fear. And dead men.’ That moment from STAR WARS: VADER DOWN is still one of my favorite things I’ve written during my time at Marvel,” Aaron told StarWars.com. “I loved getting to let Darth Vader cut loose with all his power in such an epic way. And I couldn’t pass up the chance to revel in the Dark Side again and put Vader in an even more perilous situation… and then see how he carves his way out.”
“This is a project we’ve been waiting to do for a while and we’ve got more amazing talent lined up that I can’t wait to announce,” Editor Mark Paniccia said. “It’s such a thrill to use this unique storytelling approach on one of the greatest villains in the galaxy.”
Check out the full preview and get your orders in for Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black White and Red #1 below.
(Scroll below the variant covers to get to the preview. There are a lot and I don’t want you to miss the good stuff.)
May the force be with you.
Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red #1 Variants
(W) Jason Aaron, Peach Momoko, Torunn Gronbekk (A) Peach Momoko (CA) Alex Maleev
THE DARK LORD OF THE SITH LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE!
Following the successful black, white and red series produced by Marvel Comics, DARTH VADER now takes the spotlight for tales of terror by some of the industries most talented creators!
PEACH MOMOKO will spin a story only she can bring to life!
PLUS, the return of JASON AARON to the world of STAR WARS with Part One of his Vader tale spanning all four issues!
In Shops: Apr 26, 2023
- Maleev Cover A
- Cheung Variant
- Dell’otto Variant
- Kaare Andrews 1:25 Variant
- Dell’otto 1:100 Virgin Variant
- Okazaki Exclusive (Pre-sale starts 03/18 at 6pm EST)
- Dell’Otto Exclusive (Pre-sale starts 03/15 at 6pm EST)
- Trade Dress LTD 1500
- Virgin LTD 666
- Momoko Exclusive (Pre-sale starts 03/17 at 5pm EST)
- Kirkham CBE Whatnot Exclusive
- This variant will be sold exclusively on Whatnot. Will add more details when I have them.
- Kaare Andrews Exclusive (Pre-sale starts 03/22 at 5pm EST)
- Massafera Exclusive Variant (Pre-sale starts on 3/22 at 7pm EST)