Did Marvel Need Another Darth Vader Comic?

Officially, Marvel only has two ongoing Star Wars comics at the moment – the core Star Wars series and Star Wars: Darth Vader. But unofficially, Darth Vader remains the constant third pillar of the Star Wars line. Between Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s Darth Vader comic to the recent Vader: Dark Visions miniseries and now Target Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith has been a constant presence on the stands these past few years. And at some point, this iconic villain begins to wear out his welcome.

It’s probably just as well that Target Vader is less about Vader himself than the plot to kill him. This new series is set during the height of Vader’s reign, as Emperor Palpatine dispatches his enforcer to ferret out an underground cell known as the Hidden Hand. The Hidden Hand, for their part, have a vested interest in ridding the galaxy of Darth Vader once and for all. And so this series develops into a game of cat and mouse in the opening chapter, with Vader hunting his prey even as a team of bounty hunters is assembled to assassinate the most dangerous man in the galaxy.

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Lois Lane Gets a Worthy Superman Spinoff Series

It’s been far too long since Lois Lane has had a comic to call her own. Even DC’s most recent effort, Superwoman, opened with the death of the New 52 version of Lois and wound up focusing on Lana Lang instead. But with Lois taking on an ever more prominent role in Brian Bendis’ Superman books and in the Event Leviathan miniseries, the time has never been better to give Lois the solo spotlight. Even more critically, DC has finally found the ideal creative team to bring that series to life.

While Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins build on the foundation established in Bendis’ work – with Lois recently having returned to Earth and now spending most of her time feverishly working out of a hotel room – this 12-issue series is clearly meant to be a standalone project. Tonally and stylistically, the book doesn’t share much in common with Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle, but it may come to fill that void in DC’s lineup all the same.

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