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"[The prequels are] a background that underlines everything in terms of motivations and psychology. You can see it running through Star Wars as a whole. Even if I hated the prequels, you can appreciate the emotional journey of the characters. Vader is Anakin but he isn't; he's not the same guy as he was twenty years ago. I did close readings of all the prequels, picking apart the details to see what was worth digging into and what makes things interesting." -- Kieron Gillen

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"Vader does so little yet every line is so weighted with meaning. For me writing it, keeping that dignity is a big part of it. I don’t want to lean on thought balloons or narrators. I want to keep us a step away, and asking questions. We have suspicions, but we can’t be sure. Vader will surprise you, basically. He’s a puzzle." -- Kieron Gillen

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'Nothing will be the same after this. That sounds like me in Marvel crossover mode. But really, nothing will be the same. It's kind of like, "Who can possibly survive this one?"' -- Kieron Gillen

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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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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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"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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'It's kind of hard to explain the EU to people who don't follow the Star Wars fandom in depth. There are multiple continuities -- what's in continuity? How in depth can you get? It's like "Crisis on Infinite Star Wars". We're in a position where we need to clear house and there's a huge sprawling forest. It's a very brave move that no-one's really done before. [Lucasfilm has a] story group and their task is very focused -- it's like this meta-myth and all the stories will be canon in a way they never were before.' -- Kieron Gillen

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"I look at the world and see so many people act unethically. My fiction is often an attempt to interrogate that. Why do we, as humans, make all these mistakes? Because all those monsters are just people too, and doing it for one reason for another – just awful, awful reasons. I obsess over it." -- Kieron Gillen

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"Generally speaking, me doing a Darth Vader book is something that does make a worrying amount of sense. One of the more common critiques of my Superhero work is always that I spend too much time with the bad guys. Well, here, this isn’t a problem." -- Kieron Gillen

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