Guide to: Canon Darth Vader Comics

By Emmanuel Batista | May 15 2023 | ComicsGraphic Novels

Since Marvel Comics started publishing Star Wars Comics in 2015 they have released a variety of Darth Vader comics, each focusing on the Dark Lord at a different point in the Star Was timeline.


Here’s a guide to every canon Darth Vader Series


Star Wars: Darth Vader (2015-2016)

This series follows Vader after the events of Episode 4: New Hope. In it he investigates the identity of the mysterious rebel pilot who shot him down, while reestablishing the empire’s power after the destruction of the Death Star. This series includes cameos from iconic characters like Boba Fett, and introduces new ones, like the now fan favorite Doctor Aphra.

Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017-2018)

This series takes place immediately following the events of Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. It follows Darth Vader as he hunts down the remaining Jedi who weren’t killed in order 66. This series is heavy on action as Vader encounters increasingly dangerous Jedi hidden across the galaxy. It shows previously unseen moments like the origins of Vader’s Red lightsaber as well as his first meeting with his Jedi Inquisitors (who you may recognize from the Star Wars: Rebels animated series and the Jedi: Fallen Order Video Game).


Star Wars: Target Vader

A mysterious criminal syndicate called the Hidden Hand has hired a team of bounty hunters to kill Darth Vader. Vader must now evade attempts on his life while figuring out who hired the group of assassins and how to stop them. This is a mini-series so it’s perfect for Vader fans who don’t want to commit to a longer series.


Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020-Present)

This is Vader’s current and longest ongoing series. Taking place between Episode 5: Empire Strikes Back and Episode 6: Return of the Jedi, It follows Vader as he reflects on Luke’s denial to join him and goes on a mission to hunt down the people he believes hid his son from him and made him weak.


Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White, & Red

This is an anthology series featuring multiple stories from across Vader’s history, each focusing on a different aspect of the character. If you want to see what some of your favorite comic creators like Jason Aaron, Peach Momoko, Klaus Janson, and more can do with the Dark Lord of the Sith, this is the book for you!

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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 - showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor's secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don't want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more! Collecting DARTH VADER #1-6.
$19.99 US
On sale Oct 06, 2015
FOC Aug 03, 2015
160 Pages
Licensed Publishing

Collecting Darth Vader (2017) 1-6. From acclaimed writer Charles Soule comes a brand-new, exhilarating series exploring Darth Vader's early history. Picking up directly where Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and witness Vader's rise to power as a Dark Lord of the Sith!
$17.99 US
On sale Nov 21, 2017
FOC Sep 18, 2017
152 Pages
Licensed Publishing

Collects Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #1-5. A new chapter in the Sith Lord?s saga begins here! ?Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son!? In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader revealed his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invited his son to stand at his side. But a horrified Luke chose to plunge into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. Now Vader embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who helped to hide and corrupt his only son. But Vader must overcome shocking new challenges from his own dark past, including a hauntingly familiar face that will challenge everything he knows!
$15.99 US
On sale Nov 24, 2020
FOC Sep 21, 2020
128 Pages
Licensed Publishing