The graduation celebration for the first class of Imperial cadets is disrupted by a sudden terrorist strike! But the real targets of the attack are the new Emperor and his second in command, Darth Vader.

Only one man—a disabled, brilliant cadet who, up until the moment of the attack, was experiencing the best moment of his life—stands ready to fight alongside Vader for the life of his Emperor!

* A brand new series by Haden Blackman!

* Stunning art by Agustin Alessio!

* Covers by Dave Wilkins.

Vader Takes Control!

Writer: Haden Blackman
Artist: Agustin Alessio
Cover Artist: Dave Wilkins

Price: $3.50
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 1.1%


  1. the preview on this looks awesome. the idea intrigues me.
    between this, dark times and blood ties: boba fett is dead, i’ve never been more excited about star wars books. they’re finally gettin’ good.

    • I was worried the Boba Fett is dead book would be mediocre – but I really enjoyed it.

      I will probably not be picking this book up, but I will give it a look.

    • Personally, I miss having a monthly, on-going Star Wars comic. They had a good thing with two monthly’s, and two bi-monthly series, so they were pumping out content consistently. They’ve gotten better about the release schedule, but all these min-series’ just ‘aint quite doing it for me.

      But it’s a light week, (four books besides this) so I’ll check it out. It sounds like it could be fun.

  2. Star Wars books are on fire right now – particularly enjoyed Agent of the Empire – and I really like Vader and the Lost Command last year. Here’s hoping that this series continues the exciting trend of comics in that galaxy far, far away.

  3. I’ve never read a Star Wars comic, but I’ll be picking this up based solely on the ridiculousness of the title. “…and the Ghost Prison” sounds like it belongs after the name Flash Gordon, not Darth Vader. And that’s awesome.

  4. If it’s about the villains in the Star Wars universe, I’m in. I got real tired of Jedi’s with crises of faith in the multiple series I used to follow. Now it’s all Crimson Empire, Boba Fett, and Vader. Bring me to the dark side Mr. Blackman, I’m ready.

  5. Oh man! This story is good. I’m lovin’ it. I think it’s a good idea to tell the story from the point of view of Cadet Thom, a new graduate of the Imperial Academy. It makes all the known characters seem that much bigger and important. Plus, it’s interesting historically as Thom appeaers at the very beginning of the New Empire.

  6. I’ve never read a Star Wars comic, but I’ve read Fringe and Firefly/Serenity comics and recently a Star Trek comic. I’ve found I quite like revisiting these universes I’ve enjoyed in other media so I’m giving this one a shot based on some good reviews.

  7. this is fantastic. i’m hooked.
    a story from the point of view of a freshly graduated officer of the newly formed empire is brilliant. at first, i thought i would pity him, given his mutilations, but that’s not the case at all. i’m curious as to why he doesn’t have a bionic arm. and i agree with @freezerburn that it does make characters like vader and the emperor seem MORE larger than life.
    the pacing between the opening, the climax and the cliffhanger are perfectly timed. this book is very promising.
    super stoked for next issue.

  8. Wow this was an excellent issue! Reminds me of GI Joe Cobra (the first mini series) and I mean that in a good way. Pick of the week for me.

  9. I loved this issue. I read it last, not thinking I’d be that impressed, but I was blown away. The next issue will be very close to the top of my stack next time 🙂

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