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I, Vader: Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca Talk ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’ [Interview]

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Few in the Star Wars universe are more enigmatic, more revered, or more quoted than Darth Vader. And yet, despite being introduced to Vader's conflicted adolescence and troubled past in George Lucas' most recent film trilogy, we are still not fully aware of who the galaxy's most sinister villain really is beneath that obsidian faceplate. Sure, some of us root for the rebels. Some align with the Empire. But we all, without a doubt, want to peek under the mask of the most interesting villain in the universe; especially during that mysterious time between the first Death Star's destruction and The Empire Strikes Back.

Now we finally get more pieces of the personality puzzle with a story taking place during a time when Vader's vengeful thirst for power solidifies. It's a period explored before in various Expanded Universe stories, but never before by Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine) and Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny Avengers). Their new ongoing series, Star Wars: Darth Vader, is one of three new series announced by Marvel at Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend, the first since Marvel acquired the Star Wars comic book license as a consequence of Lucasfilm's acquisition with Marvel parent Disney.

We spoke to the creative team, cover artist about the psychology of sci-fi's most famous villain and what to expect from the new ongoing series.

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Force Works: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Titles From All-Star Creative Teams

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The Cup O' Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday featured one of the biggest announcements of the weekend as Marvel unveiled the creative teams for its first three all-new Star Wars comics. The new books have been hotly anticipated since plans for Marvel Star Wars books were first announced back in January.

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca will team for a Darth Vader ongoing series; Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will author a five-issue Princess Leia mini series; and Jason Aaron and John Cassaday have been named as the creative team for a Star Wars ongoing series. The three series will launch through the first quarter of 2015.

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Link Ink: Quitely’s ‘Walking Dead’ Cover, ‘X-Men: First Class 2′ and Power Rangers Burlesque

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Art: IGN has a first look at Frank Quitely's variant cover for The Walking Dead #100, which drops in July. Good luck sleeping tonight, or ever again.

Movies: 20th Century Fox will release the as-yet-unnamed X-Men: First Class sequel on July 18, 2014.

Upcoming: Drawn & Quarterly has acquired the rights

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Link Ink: ‘Batman: Arkham World’ Teased, Lost ‘Doctor Who’ Episodes Recovered and Darth Skeletor

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Gaming: A CGI Joker teased a Batman: Arkham City sequel with an "Arkham World" script during Spike TV's Video Game Awards this past weekend...

TV: Lost episodes of BBC's Doctor Who series have been unearthed. What do you make of their Fish People and Chumblies?

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Parting Shot: A 4-Year-Old’s Reaction to the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Reveal

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The big reveal of Luke Skywalker's true parentage is a couple decades past spoiler territory at this point, and so culturally saturated that many of us grew up hearing about it before we even saw the movies. But what i

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Hasbro’s ‘Star Wars’ Ultimate FX Lightsabers May Light Up Your Life [Review]

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Since 1977 Star Wars fans, shackled by the lameness of physics, have only had two options when it comes to lightsaber toys: 1. You can buy a retractable blade made of clear plastic that simulates "unsheathing" or 2

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Parting Shot: The Giant Floating Head of Darth Vader Rises into Your Nightmares

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Belgian Star Wars Enthusiasts (and balloonists) Benoit and Michel Lamber have elevated their fandom to, uh, thousands of feet in the air with an impressive LucasFilm-approved Darth Vader hot air balloon. The bal

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Link Ink: ‘Superior’ Casting, Nesting Doctors and ‘Robot Chicken’ Unleashed

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Movies: Mark Millar says he and his team have "locked down the most high profile actor of 2010," for the Superior movie. Does that mean Alan Thicke is out of the running?

Sites: The Silver Age Secrets Tumblr has what you want.

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Meggs’ Comics Crossover Paintings Get Violently Amalgamized

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If you thought Ryan Heshka's "Strange Powers" exhibit took a unique approach to depicting superheroes, just wait until you see Astro Boy bursting out of a masked man's head in a series of paintings by Australian artist Meggs. Throughout his work, Meggs shows what Marvel and DC's Amalgam Comics might have looked like if their int

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Batman and Darth Vader Don Sharks for Lightsaber Combat Atop This Sugar-Coated Cake

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Remember those wonderful illustrations of a lightsaber-wielding Batman engaging in combat with a shark by Andrew Zubko? The idea of the Caped Crusader bringing his war on crime away from Gotham City to both the Intergalactic Empire's numero uno badass and the most ruthless predator in the open seas was just too delicious for words. And now, the idea is delicious enough to eat.

Liz Marek of the Artisan Cake Company found inspiration in the Batman

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