Friday, December 2, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the ... Hardcover Collection

Before Marvel's Darth Vader series, Dark Horse published a series of 5-part mini-series based on Darth Vader.  The first mini-series Darth Vader and the Lost Command was released from January 2011 to May 2011.  It was followed by Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison from May 2012 to September 2012, Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin from April 2013 to August 2013, and finally Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows from December 2013 to April 2014.  By the time this last mini-series was finished, the Star Wars comic license had been awarded to Marvel, so even if Dark Horse had plans for a fifth mini-series, it would not be completed before they lost the license.

Several months after each mini-series was completed, Dark Horse published a hardcover volume collecting the 5 issues.  Each volume retailed for $24.99.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command Hardcover
- Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2011)
reprints Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1 - 5
The cover for Darth Vader and the Lost Command hardcover is new art by Michael Kutsche not found in the original mini-series.  This is the only new cover art for the 4 hardcover volumes.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison Hardcover
- Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 2013)
reprints Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1 - 5
The cover for Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison hardcover is the same art used for the standard cover for issue #1 by Dave Wilkins.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin Hardcover
- Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2013)
reprints Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1 - 5
The cover for Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin hardcover is the same art use for issue #2 by Ariel Oivetti.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows Hardcover
- Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (July 2014)
reprints Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #1 - 5
The cover for Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin hardcover is the same art use for issue #2 by Felipe Massafera.

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