Sunday, June 11, 2017

Modern Marvel: Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #1 Mark Brooks Variant

Many people believe Doctor Doom was the inspiration for the character Darth Vader.  Anakin Skywalker lost his mother, Shmi Skywalker, at a young age and that loss was instrumental in shaping the person he became, just like Victor Von Doom's loss of his gypsy mother, Cynthia Von Doom.  Anakin used his intellect to fix machinery and Victor used his intellect to invent gadgets.  Both became disfigured and have a person they blame; Vader rightfully blames Obi-Wan Kenobi and Doom wrongly blames Reed Richards.  The disfigurement for both pushed them toward villainy and both wear a suit of armor that covers them from head to toe.  Vader is a dark side user of the Force and Doom uses sorcery.  Doctor Doom is a main villain in the Marvel Universe, ruling the country of Latveria, and Darth Vader is a main villain in the Star Wars Universe, commanding the might of the Imperial military.

Mark Brooks drew a variant cover for Darth Vader (2017) #1 that pays homage to Uncanny X-Men #145.  On the X-Men cover, Doctor Doom is holding an unconscious Storm, while her fellow X-Men lay defeated at his feet.  The Darth Vader cover has him holding an unconscious Padme, while fallen Clone Troopers are scattered around the room.  As an additional touch, the Vader cover has the branding of a Marvel comic from the early 1980s and is made to look worn like it was from that era.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1h - Marvel Comics, U.S. (June 2017)
Mark Brooks variant
This comic was initially distributed in a 1:50 ratio.

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