Comics: The Force is strong with this seriesWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Star Wars” trivia time: Did you know that “Star Wars” comic books predate the 1977 blockbuster film? The long legacy of “Star Wars” four-color fantasies launched at Marvel Comics in April of 1977 and continues today with Dark Horse’s release of “Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command” No. 1. If you’re a Sith supporter, this is one five-issue bounty you need to bag.
Marvel cranked out “Star Wars” comics from 1977 to 1986, but after “Return of the Jedi” interest dropped into a black hole until the “Star Wars” renaissance of the early 1990s. Dark Horse snared the license in 1993 and hit hyperspace with its “Dark Empire” series; since that time the company has continued to produce a galaxy of “Star Wars” comics that have touched on just about every era of George Lucas’ brainchild — and even created a few of its own. Now, with “Lost Command,” Dark Horse is about to get in bad with the Dark Lord.
What is it about Darth Vader that sends fans’ imaginations into lightspeed? Despite the recent success of Lucas’ “Clone Wars” franchise, people just can’t seem to get enough of the Sith’s greatest salesman.
“Darth Vader and the Lost Command” picks up shortly after the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and tells a new tale of a Vader who’s still a bit wobbly in his new armor and still pining for Padme.
To sweeten the deal, the series promises lots of lightsaber action, loads of stormtroopers and an old-school baddie, future Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin.
This is what “Star Wars” fans really want. After a steady diet of clone troopers, Separatists and whatever, a few familiar faces from that Galaxy Far, Far Away will go down real smooth.
It seems as if the long-promised live-action TV series set between Episodes III and IV ain’t happenin’ anytime soon — if at all — so this new comic series is the next best thing.