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'It was fun because ended up being a really dark take on the old "Droids" cartoon. It's like, "The Adventures of Triple Zero and Bee Tee, mainly involving murder."' -- Kieron Gillen

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"I suspect many people in comics don’t know about my awful prehistory. For a very long time, I used to be a game critic. I worked for everyone, won awards and did literally anything a critic could do. I was moderately infamous, to a level where my name still turns up in textbooks. A lot of people hated me, which was a pretty good training level for dealing with writing comics. Point being: I love games, I love what games can do and I’ve missed having a place to publicly show that. And like anyone who really loves something, I understand the ambivalent and complicated feelings that should provoke. Don’t expect anything as comfort-food gee-aren’t-we-all-so-amazing-for-having-played-D&D as READY PLAYER ONE. I’ve been away for five years. I’ve been thinking." -- Kieron Gillen

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Keiron Gillen has announced that #25 will be the end of the Darth Vader title from Marvel

Interview up at ign on the subject

It seems to be entirely the creators choice, which is cool, (and there's nothing to say that another title can't be launched with different creators)

I hope that whoever next gets their creative hands on Dr Aphra and especially BeeTee and Triple-0 treats them with as much respect!
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'That's always my approach to most things in terms of, "What haven't we seen yet?" I don't like doing the same thing again and again because things kind of get boring.

'The first arc was like a quest story. The second one was essentially like a weird crime novel. The third one was "Vader Down," our big crossover action story. It was basically a Marvel-style crossover in the "Star Wars" universe. The fourth one, which we just wrapped, was, "Okay, we've seen Vader in some small scale stuff. Let's put him in the middle of a war. Let's do 'Star Wars' and underline the word 'Wars.'" So we put him in this command position and showed off how big a "Star Wars" story can be.'
-- Kieron Gillen

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"He’s stoic and operatic. You know that bit in the introduction to Dark Knight Returns which talks about how Batman doesn’t whine, and his passions are operatic, etc? That’s very much how I see Vader. Keeping his grandeur and fundamental tragedy is what drives me." -- Kieron Gillen

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'I’m not that patriotic, so don’t feel any need to side with the Imperial powers. The opposite, really. However, I do feel a need to understand him and be fascinated by him. “Why do people do bad things” is one of those core things that bubble along in my writing. The sins of Empire fascinate me.' -- Kieron Gillen

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"The Shu-Torun War is basically us doing a proper war comic. So far Vader has been working on a relative small scale. Shu-Torun is about getting the AT-ATs out." -- Kieron Gillen

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"We've got this kind of miniature movie. We saw this as an interesting way of testing where the characters are. We test Han's understanding of Leia. We test Leia's drive to deal with Alderaan, and Vader's an enormous symbol of that. So you get your core characters chasing various things around this small planet." - Kieron Gillen

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"Bar the movies, my main influences when thinking about the series are The Godfather and House Of Cards. In other words, I’m looking for compelling, fascinating, horrifying and understandable – but not necessarily sympathetic. With all our cast, I want people to not be able to look away – and still, in it recognise something true about us as living creatures." -- Keiron Gillen

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"A thirty page special and a done in one espionage story. I’ve been hitting the big archetypes in my Star Wars work, and this is very much hitting another one." -- Kieron Gillen

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"When we called it ‘Vader Down’, we kind of believed the title should say something. The idea of Vader’s TIE fighter going down in a situation that is somewhat perilous. The original working title was ‘Get Vader’, and that might be the other sort of clue as to how things may play out." - Kieron Gillen

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'One way of describing Phonogram would be that it fits into a middle ground. It’s a comic that uses much of the pulp idiom but is trying to engage with more philosophical topics. File next to things like, say, The Sandman, The Invisibles or Transmetropolitan.

'“Middlebrow” would be the term some would use, but I’d reject that dichotomy as hard as I’d reject anything, and I consider people who view the world in that way as my active aesthetic opponents. I think of Phonogram as “anti-brow”. I hate the polar dichotomy in all art, and Phonogram’s merging of pulpy tropes and literary nonsense was my attempt to try to mirror pop music itself.'
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