Every week, I’ll be bringing you a comic book cover that I feel eclipses others out there—to the point I might just have to own it!
The BadAss Comic Book Cover for this week is for Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3. Darth Vader has been the villain of villains since 1977. The moment he stepped onto Princess Leia’s rebel cruiser, he was immortalized. And while most people love the original trilogy and are indifferent to the prequel trilogy, there are a great many fans out there who love everything Vader—fans who are willing to read new stories set during the time period of the Emperor and Vader’s galactic reign. Ghost Prison is one of those stories.
Why do I love this cover though? It’s a look inside Vader—literally. When the Emperor’s force lightning arced into Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi, fans were given a glimpse of the face/form behind the black mask. Of course, we got a full look only minutes later, but this cover reminds me of that lightning scene at the end of Jedi. Skulls have long been a symbol of death—and Vader is the epitome of death. Combining the black helmet with Vader’s skull is a brilliant piece.
Here is a bit more about Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3:
Writer: Haden Blackman
Cover Artist: Dave Wilkins
Publication Date: July 18, 2012
Format: FC, 32 pages
The Story: Cadet Tohm, in the company of Darth Vader, Moff Trachta, and the wounded Emperor, has finally reached the mysterious Ghost Prison.
Vader battles the Jedi guard and Trachta wreaks vengeance on a particular prisoner. The Emperor’s condition is stabilized, but they must find a way to combat the uprising back on Coruscant. Vader plans to use the only army available to him—the inmates of the Ghost Prison. But the prisoners have begun to revolt . . .
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #3 is in fine comic book stores now!
More next Saturday! In the meantime, go visit your local comic book store…