Darth Vader and Son

by Jeffery Brown

What if Darth Vader, in addition to his duties to the Galactic Emperor, had to juggle the responsibilities of fatherhood? Namely, looking after his 4-year-old son, Luke Skywalker. That's the premise of a new comic book from Chicago indie cartoonist, Jeffrey Brown. Yep, it's as funny and nerdy as it sounds. And it's further evidence that parenthood has a profound effect on everyone, even if you're the Dark Lord of the Sith.

The original idea for Darth Vader and Son came about from a special design for Google's homepage on Father's Day that was ultimately scrapped. Brown liked the concept so much he decided to develop it into a book. From his perspectives as a father and a huge fan of the Star Wars universe, Brown drew inspiration from experiences with his 4-year-old son and seasoned his narrative with geeky inside jokes and Star Wars movie references.

Luke tries to convince his dad to keep Salacious Crumb as a pet, Vader attempts to use the Jedi mind trick to dissuade his son from choosing a Jar Jar Binks toy, and the two of them watch a Bantha at the zoo's Tatooine exhibit. Leia makes a brief appearance (seen putting dresses on Luke's Star Wars figures), but Brown is hoping to save her for a follow-up book.

Find out more about the book here, where you can listen to James Earl Jones narrating the book trailer, and download a printable pro-literacy poster of Vader reading books to Luke.

Darth Vader™ and Son, Chronicle Books, April 2012

(Images: Ben Partridge)

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