Comic Solicitations: Marvel – February 2020

Darth Vader #1 (2020)
ON SALE: February 5, 2020
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Raffaele Ienco
Cover Artist: Inhyuk Lee
Variant Covers: Raffaele Ienco, Tony Daniel, Mike Del Mundo, Chris Sprouse (Empire Strikes Back)
40 Pages – Rated T – $4.99

“JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!” THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES! In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses — plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke’s utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke’s unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who had a hand in hiding and corrupting his only son. But even as he uncovers the secrets of Luke’s origins, Vader must face shocking new challenges from his own dark past. Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery this February! With covers by Inhyuk Lee!

The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 (of 4)
ON SALE: February 12, 2020
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain
Variant Cover: Stefano Landini
32 Pages – Rated T – $3.99

BEN SOLO, KNIGHT OF REN? Soon, BEN SOLO’S path will end in a place of fire and blood, and a shadow will rise to take his place. He is with the KNIGHTS OF REN now, and they will welcome him, if he can pay their price. But before that destiny is fulfilled, a battle must be fought at an ancient JEDI Outpost on the planet ELPHRODA – between Ben and those who know what he could have been… and fear what he might become. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Everyone here is afraid – Ben Solo most of all!

Star Wars #3 (2020)
ON SALE: February 26, 2020
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Cover Artist: R.B. Silva
Variant Covers: Chris Sprouse (Empire Strikes Back), Emanuela Lupacchino
32 Pages – Rated T – $3.99

RETURN TO CLOUD CITY! The end of the war and the final defeat of the REBEL ALLIANCE are inevitable as the cunning IMPERIAL COMMANDER ZAHRA unleashes her fury against the splintered and scattered survivors. But where have the Rebellion’s greatest heroes gone when their cause needs them the most? LUKE SKYWALKER’S only hope at becoming a JEDI KNIGHT was lost during his battle with DARTH VADER…and so he, PRINCESS LEIA and LANDO CALRISSIAN must return to CLOUD CITY to find it! But Leia has her own covert mission to accomplish there…and Lando’s mysterious reason for returning could very well ruin their only chance at success!

Star Wars Vol. 13 TPB
ON SALE: March 18, 2020
Writers: Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Ethan Sacks, and Simon Spurrier
Pencillers: Phil Noto, Luke Ross, and Roland Boschi
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
120 Pages – Rated T – $17.99

It’s the end of the era of hope! Rebels and rogues take centre stage as this volume of Marvel’s STAR WARS comes to a close! Who exactly is Dar Champion, and how far can Leia trust him when Han’s life is on the line? What shocking lesson will Luke learn when Warba finally reveals her true self? When faced with his lost past, can C-3PO seize control of his destiny — and be the hero of his own story? And Chewbacca takes on Darth Vader in vicious hand-to-hand combat! Meanwhile, the Rebellion’s search for a new home — a base safe from the reach of the Empire — leads them to the planet Hoth! Doctor Aphra and Beilert Valance lend a hand as the Rebellion’s fate is set…and the Empire ascends!
Collecting STAR WARS (2015) #73-75 and STAR WARS: EMPIRE ASCENDANT.

Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2 HC
ON SALE: June 10, 2020
Writers: Charles Soule, and Chuck Wendig
Pencillers: Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Leonard Kirk
Cover Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
336 Pages – Rated T – $34.99

Darth Vader’s imperious rise continues! As the Empire’s grip on the galaxy tightens, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs — but bringing Mon Cala to heel means finding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. As Vader, Tarkin and their Inquisitors hunt their targets, the seas will weep! Meanwhile, Vader discovers a theft — and when the thief faces the consequences, Emperor Palpatine rewards his disciple with a chilling gift! Seeking the path to destiny, Vader returns to the place of his greatest defeat. Darkness rises above Mustafar as Vader’s brutal design begins to take shape — but will the planet’s inhabitants stand for this desecration? And what can they do against the Dark Lord?
Collecting DARTH VADER (2017) #13-25 and DARTH VADER ANNUAL #2.

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Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.