I saw Vader trending on Twitter today so figured it was a good time to compile a list of some of the best Graphic novels and books about him specifically or that feature him…I’ll put links to the actual books so you can purchase them if you’re interested.
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Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own solo adventures
Darth Vader #1-6
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak Vol. 1: Dark Heart of the Sith
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 with him. 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?
DARTH VADER (2020) 1-6
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak Vol. 2: Into the Fire
Darth Vader failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all these years…and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine…and now it is time for Vader’s next lesson. Now, left battered and broken by his punishment, the Dark Lord drags himself across the scorched surface of Mustafar with vengeance on his mind!
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) 6-11
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak Vol. 3: War Of The Bounty Hunters
What will a raging War of the Bounty Hunters mean for the Dark Lord’s ongoing schemes? Returned to the fold after his rebellion against the Emperor, Darth Vader faces the horrors of reconstruction in the secret laboratories of Coruscant. As he blacks out under the knife, does the Dark Lord of the Sith still dream of revenge against his master? Or do his thoughts drift toward his son…and the friends who make Luke Skywalker so vulnerable?
Darth Vader (2020) #12-17
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak Vol. 4: Crimson Reign
Red revenge! Lady Qi’ra not only insulted the Empire, but challenged it. In the end, Darth Vader showed her criminal organization that the Empire is not to be toyed with. But now, fearful whispers echo in every corner of the Empire — Darth Vader is on the hunt, searching for anyone with any connection to the Crimson Dawn. How deep has the Dawn infiltrated the galaxy — and are all their operations worthy of the wrath of Vader?
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Gillen & Larroca Omnibus
One of the greatest antagonists in all of fiction rises again! Fresh from a stinging defeat at the hands of the Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader must reassert the Empire’s iron grip on the galaxy. But will his personal desire for vengeance against the young Jedi who destroyed the Death Star distract from Vader’s duty to the Emperor? As a fateful quest begins, the Dark Lord of the Sith will face fresh threats to his power. And, as other villains old and new play their part — from Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt to diabolical debutant Doctor Aphra and the killer droids Triple-Zero and BeeTee-One — will Vader’s imperial march continue, or will his schemes prove his undoing?
Darth Vader (2015) 1-25, Darth Vader Annual (2015) 1, Star Wars: Vader Down (2015) 1, Star Wars (2015) 13-14
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Charles Soule Omnibus
Lord Vader…rise! In the wake of Revenge of the Sith, follow Vader as he ascends to power as a Dark Lord of the Sith! Having lost everything dear to him and now more machine than man, Vader takes his first steps into a darker world — beginning by eradicating the galaxy’s remaining Jedi! But librarian Jocasta Nu is making a desperate effort to preserve the Jedi legacy, and the stirrings of a rebellion have begun in the Mon Cala system! To ensure the Emperor’s grip on the galaxy is absolute, Vader must deal swiftly and brutally with any uprisings — but he has a goal of his own. And as darkness rises above Mustafar, the scene of Vader’s greatest defeat, will the man once called Anakin Skywalker realize his true destiny?
Darth Vader (2017) #1-25 and Annual #2
Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak Vol. 5: The Shadow’s Shadow
Darth Vader in partnership with a sworn enemy! As the Dark Lord of the Sith allies with Sabé, once the handmaiden of Padmé Amidala, who is leading whom to their doom? A deep secret is revealed, and it all leads back to Padmé – and her last words. As Vader targets a corrupt Imperial governor, is he still driven by his quest for order – or has his encounter with shades from the past awoken new motivations? Meanwhile, few figures in the galaxy are more different than Sabé and the assassin Ochi of Bestoon. So when they’re forced to work together and the knives inevitably come out, who’s still standing at the end? Plus: We all know about Anakin Skywalker’s aversion to finely ground particulate matter – and now there’s a sandstorm coming for Darth Vader!
Star Wars: Darth Vader #23-27
Star Wars Legends: Empire Omnibus Vol. 1
The Old Republic has fallen — and the Empire is rising! In the aftermath of Episode III, Sith lord Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on the galaxy as his enforcer Darth Vader leads a brutal purge to wipe out the Jedi Order! Marked for death, Jedi master K’Kruhk must protect the younglings under his care, as master Dass Jennir finds refuge with a crew of smugglers. But to survive, will they abandon their heroic ideals? Meanwhile, the relentless Vader must rescue an officer’s son and defend the Emperor from an uprising — by any means necessary! Witness the beginnings of the Galactic Empire!
Star Wars: Republic (2002) 78-80, Star Wars: Purge (2005) 1, Star Wars: Purge – Seconds to Die (2009) 1, Star Wars: Purge – The Hidden Blade (2010) 1, Star Wars: Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist (2012) 1-2, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command (2011) 1-5, Star Wars: Dark Times (2006) 1-17, Star Wars: Dark Times – Blue Harvest (2009) 0, Star Wars: Dark Times – Out of the Wilderness (2011) 1-5, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison (2012) 1-5
Star Wars: Vader Down
Two of the biggest titles in comics collide in the first crossover of the new Marvel age of Star Wars! When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the Rebel Fleet on his own, he is sent crashing onto a nearby planet. Will the Rebels seize this opportunity to put an end to one of their greatest enemies – or will they be made to feel the full power of the Dark Side? The Sith Lord may be down, he isn’t out! All your favorites are here, old and new, good and evil: Luke! Vader! Leia! Aphra! Han! Threepio, Artoo, Triple-Zero and BT-1! And, in a hair-raising battle of the Wookiees, Chewbacca versus Black Krrsantan!
STAR WARS: VADER DOWN 1, STAR WARS 13-14, DARTH VADER 13-15
Star Wars by Jason Aaron Omnibus
When Star Wars returned to Marvel, Jason Aaron was the ideal candidate to steer the rebels into all-new adventures! Now Aaron’s entire saga is collected in full! The Death Star has been destroyed — but the Empire isn’t toppled yet! Join Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 as they continue the fight for freedom against Darth Vader! Luke battles Boba Fett! A woman from Han Solo’s past returns! The Dark Lord crash lands — but you can’t keep Vader down for long! And the roguish Doctor Aphra lures Luke to the Screaming Citadel! Plus, the deadly stormtroopers of Scar Squadron — and hidden tales from the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi!
Star Wars (2015) 1-37, Star Wars: Vader Down (2015) 1, Darth Vader (2015) 13-15, Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel (2017) 1, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2016) 7-8, Star Wars Annual (2015) 1-3