Darth Vader, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, is coming to an end with issue #25. To mark the occasion, Marvel is releasing the issue with 12 different covers.

The main cover is by Juan Gimenez, and looks like it could be the poster for a Darth Vader movie. Adi Granov offers a similarly cinematic cover, which also features Doctor Aphra, BT-1, and 0-0-0, the supporting cast of the series. They appear on a few of the other covers, while the rest focus on the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.

Darth Vader has always been a stranger character to see comics artists draw, because the design of his armor and expressionless mask are so set in stone that the slightest stylistic change can make him seem off-model. But these covers demonstrate how well he can translate to different artists' styles without that becoming a problem. No one could mistake Jamie McKelvie's Vader for Michael Cho's, but they're both unmistakably Vader. Even Joe Quesada's cover, which is as Quesada as anything he's ever drawn, gets the character entirely right.

And that's been a hallmark of the series, and the Marvel Star Wars books in general. Not just movie-accurate art, but writers like Kieron Gillen, who bring new insights to these characters while keeping them completely recognizable as the same characters we already knew.


Variant Cover by Adi Granov
Variant Cover by Jamie McKelvie
Variant Cover by Michael Cho
Variant Cover by Kamome Shirahama
Variant Cover by Joe Quesada
Variant Cover by Chris Samnee
Variant Cover by Sara Pichelli
Variant Cover by Cliff Chiang
Variant Cover by Salvador Larroca
Action Figure Variant by John Tyler Christopher
Sketch Variant by Joe Quesada


Here's the official word from Marvel Comics:


It has all been building to this! The epic conclusion to the blockbuster ongoing series! Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s critically acclaimed Darth Vader comes to a close later this year in the oversized DARTH VADER #25. To commemorate this monumental issue, Marvel is rolling out the red carpet with covers from some of the best and brightest artists in the industry.

In addition to a main cover by legendary artist Juan Gimenez, DARTH VADER #25 will also include a stunning array of variant covers rendered by the industry’s best. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Chris Samnee, Michael Cho, Sara Pichelli, Cliff Chiang and more lend their artistic prowess to the Dark Lord of the Sith!