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    Darth Maul Epitomizes the Dark Side

    Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 explores Darth Maul’s years prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The chapter opens with a demonstration of a younger Darth Maul’s fighting prowess. Seeking out the most dangerous creatures in the galaxy to hunt for sport, Darth Maul fights his way through a pack of Rathtars.

    Fear. Anger. Hate. These are the weapons of the Sith. Darth Maul has all three in spades. He feels like Darth Sidius is misusing him by not allowing Maul to fulfill his bloodlust. The Zabrakian Sith lord is a hunter, and his preferred prey is Jedi. Unfortunately for him, the Sith are still lurking in shadows at this point in the Star Wars timeline.

    Darth Maul #1 (Variant)

    The Shadows Hold a Great Rage

    Interestingly, the titular character has the least spoken dialogue of any character in the book. This is hardly surprising considering the Zabrak spoke only 31 words in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Conan the Slayer) effectively conveys Darth Maul’s seething rage almost exclusively using inner voice.

    If the artwork in this book looks familiar, it should. Luke Ross is simultaneously pulling art duties on this series and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ross deftly pulls off sets that fit right into the tone of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The likeness between the film actors and Ross’ depiction of the characters is uncanny.

    It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan. In addition to the availability of the Star Wars movies, there are a ton of new comic titles to flesh out the Star Wars canon. Whether you’re 501stLegion, Dark Empire, Jedi Assembly, Mandalorian Mercs, Rebel Legion, or Saber Guild, there’s a Star Wars comic series for you.

    Be sure to also check out the Star Wars ongoing including, Doctor Aphra, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, and the Darth Vader  trades.


    Star Wars: Darth Maul #1, Marvel Comics, Released February 1, 2017, Rated T, Written by Cullen Bunn, Art by Luke Ross, Colors by Nolan Woodard, Cover by Rod Reis, Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, $4.99

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    Darth Vader #25: The Force is Strong With This One

    Marvel’s adventures of Darth Vader ends with a bang, not a whimper.

    With many loose threads hanging from the previous two years’ worth of comics, writer Kieron Gillen has his work cut out for him in the the final issue of the Darth Vader series. Vader must deal with personal and professional betrayers and a boss who is still unsure of Vader’s abilities and commitment following the destruction of the first Death Star.

    While Vader’s motivations haven’t always been clear to the reader during the run of the Star Wars: Darth Vader comic book series, it’s now apparent that the Sith master — as well Gillen –- were playing the long game. By the end of the book, Vader has masterfully dealt with his enemies and firmly established himself as the Emperor’s trusted confidant. He’s also clearly now the quintessential bad guy depicted in The Empire Strikes Back.

    In a nice bit of irony, we see Vader choke an incompetent imperial officer and put Admiral Ozzel in command of his flagship. Vader kills Ozzel himself in a scene that’s reminiscent of Episode V. Artist Salvador Larroca’s depiction of every character and setting is spot on, giving the reader the feeling of actually being in a Star Wars movie.

    We leave Vader staring into the cosmos planning for the inevitable reunion with his son, Luke Skywalker. In his imagination, he reaches out to Luke’s hand -– the very one he would sever in Cloud City -– and simply says, “Soon.”

    The oversized issue also includes a coda of sorts, where artist Max Fiumara masterfully depicts Tatooine’s Tusken raiders’ reaction to the Sith Lord. The last page is fitting, with the Sandpeople seen worshipping their enemy. It’s a feeling that many of us have once we close this chapter of Marvel’s Star Wars story.



    If wish to avoid spoilers, wait until you read Darth Vader #25 before you click the above or below links. The Star Wars Classified series has been renamed, and features a fan-favorite character from the Darth Vader series!


    Darth Vader #25, Marvel, Released October 5, 2016, written by Kieron Gillen, art by Salvador Larroca, colors by Edgar Delgado, letters by Joe Caramagna; $5.99.

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    Review: Darth Vader #24 — Vader Strikes Back

    Review of Darth Vader #24

    Darth Vader #24As Marvel’s Darth Vader series draws to an end with this penultimate issue, our anti-hero finds himself at the mercy of the traitorous scientist Cylo, who has managed to shut down the cybernetic suit that keeps the former Anakin Skywalker alive.

    Facing death, Vader spends much of this issue reliving his disastrous lightsaber battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi, which led to Vader’s imprisonment in the suit. This is one of the few times in the new series that refers back to the prequels. But even if you hated Episodes 1 through 3, you’ll appreciate the conflict rising with the Dark Lord of the Sith.

    In many ways, Vader’s true fight is not with Cylo, but with the young Jedi he used to be. By the end of the issue, any vestiges of Anakin are banished (at least until Return of the Jedi).

    While light on text, the issue shines a spotlight on artist Salvador Larroca’s drawings. The book makes good use of full pages to reimagine the lightsaber battle on the volcanic planet of Mustafar. Anakin’s rage is just as obvious thanks to the talents of Larroca and writer Kieron Gillen, as it was from the feature film.

    With only one issue left, Gillen and team have a lot to wrap up. When they do, it will be with a bigger badder Vader.

    Darth Vader #24, Marvel Comics, Released August 10, 2016, Written by Kieron Gillen, Art by Salvador Larroca, Color by Edgar Delgado, Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna; $3.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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    The Force Will Be With You This Holiday–Star Wars Gift Ideas That They’ll Love

    The entire galaxy is infected with Star Wars mania, including everyone here at TFAW headquarters. We put together a list of gift ideas for Star Wars fans that includes everything from comics to figurines with prototype armor.  So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Star Wars fanatic in your life but can’t tell a bantha from a wampa?  Our Star Wars Gift Guide is here to help!

    Star Wars TPB Vol. 01 Skywalker Strikes By: Jason Aaron, John Cassaday Your Price: $17.99 The new Marvel Star Wars comics start here.  They brought out the big guns for this series as top writer Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor, Doctor Strange) and superstar artist John Cassaday (Planetary) come together to tell the tale of everyone’s favorite rebels in the aftermath of the destruction of the Death Star!  Follow the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han, Chewy and the droids as they continue to fight the good fight against the Empire.  Darth Vader, Boba Fett and more continue to menace our heroes in Marvel’s explosive opening salvo.

    Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 01 Vader

    Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 01 Vader By: Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov Your Price: $17.99

    There are two sides to every story. And fans have always wanted to see the story from Darth Vader’s perspective. Well, Marvel’s got them covered with a story line from the Sith Lord’s viewpoint.

    Star Wars The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire Journey To Star Wars The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, Phil Not Your Price: $15.29
    Want to know what event happened leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Marvel has also published a series exploring the Star Wars universe post-Return of the Jedi showing the chaos after the destruction of the second Death Star and the events that lead up to the new movie.  Journey To Star Wars The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire contains a series of explosive stories following Luke, Leia, and characters both old and new as well as giving us hints at what’s to come. Written by fan favorite author Greg Rucka.
    SDCC 2015 Exclusive Darth Vader #7

    SDCC 2015 Exclusive Darth Vader #7 (Granov Black & White Variant Cover Edition) By: Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov Your Price: $5

    Looking for something a little harder to come by for that serious Star Wars fan? This Previews Exclusive variant cover presents the original cover image in striking black and white! A must-have for any collection!

    Sideshow Collectibles make the perfect gift for your Star Wars super fan! These highly-detailed figures come with fully articulated bodies and plenty of accessories. If you are looking for something a little more obscure and collectible, this Boba Fett Prototype figure is it! Based on Joe Johnston’s early artwork for Empire Strikes Back, this figure has everything a Fett fan could want: prototype designs of his iconic helmet and armor, prototype blasters, jet pack, grappling hook, and even a fabric cape!
    Funko POP! Vinyls Star Wars

    POP! Vinyls Star Wars Figures Funko Your Price: ranges from $8.24 to $10.79

    We’ve saved the cutest for last! I’m referring to of course Funko POP! Vinyls. They are simply the cutest of all the Star Wars collectibles. Everyone’s favorite rebels, scoundrels, and imperials are now bobbleheads sure to delight fans of all ages!


    There a simply so many cool Star Wars items we can’t fit them all on one blog. You can see our entire Star Wars catalog here. Below are a few others we think the super fan on your list will enjoy:

    Don’t forget to take a look at some of TFAW’s other great Star Wars merchandise, too, including:
    Not sure what to get? A TFAW Gift Certificate is a one-size-fits all treat, or feel free to contact us directly via Live Chat at TFAW.com. You can also call us at 800-862-0052 or email us, and we’ll be glad to help you select the perfect gift for that special geek in your life. See more gift list ideas at the TFAW Blog.
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    November Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Wytches #1 review at TFAW.comIt’s that time again! Every month, our customers submit hundreds of product reviews that help others determine how great (or not-so-hot) certain comics, graphic novels, and other collectibles are. We took a look at the reviews that were submitted in November and are awarding $25 gift certificates as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. And the winners are (insert drum roll here):

    Our first contest winner is John in Phoenix, AZ! John wrote a review for Scott Snyder’s tale of unimaginable horror, Wytches #1 caught our eye:

    Great first issue. Had the creepiness factor I was looking for and left me excited for the next issue. What I really appreciated most was the piece Scott Snyder wrote for the back of the issue sharing his inspiration for the book. More creepiness!

    Batman Black & White Harley Quinn Statue review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Michael from Walnut, CA. He had this to say about the Batman Black & White Harley Quinn Statue:

    I have been a Harley Quinn fan and collector since she was first created. This Bruce Timm inspired statue is wonderful and am proud to have it in my collection. It is high quality and very attractive. I recommend it.

    Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows review at TFAW.comLast but not least, David from Savannah, GA dropped by to share his thoughts about the new Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows HC:

    A very interesting tale that takes another perspective easily overlooked, the view point of clone who once served the Jedi and now acts as a stormtrooper for the Empire. It also presets an interesting viewpoint on observing Vader from a secondary source of someone who grows to respect Vader. I feel like the comic lacked something that could’ve sealed the deal for full 5 stars but definitely worth the read.

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    New This Week: Cable & X-Force, MAD Covers & Star Wars Comics

    Cable & X-Force ComicsThere are lots of amazing comics arriving this week! Here are a few of our picks:

    The cover of Marvel’s Cable & X-Force #7 says it all: Daddy’s home! Since being taken over by the Phoenix Force and killing Charles Xavier, Cyclops has been a vigilante and an overall loose cannon — not to mention the most interesting he’s been in years! We’re looking forward to this family reunion. Want to catch up on this fantastic series? You’re in luck: we have every issue of Cable & X-Force in stock at 10% off!

    Next, everyone goes a little mad sometimes . . . MAD Magazine, that is! This week, DC Comics releases several MAD Variant covers that make great collector’s items at a reasonable price: just $8.99! Wonder Woman #19 (MAD Variant Edition), pictured below, is our favorite. Make sure to pre-order more MAD Magazine DC variants and save 20%.

    Love Darth Vader? The highly anticipated debut issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin is out this week from Dark Horse Comics. Eight assassins hired to murder Darth Vader — eight assassins dead. Now the man who enlisted them seeks a ninth assassin. What will happen next? Plus, the fourth printing of Brian Wood’s incredibly popular Star Wars #1 is out this week — order it today!

    MAD DC Comics Variant CoversStar Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth AssassinStar Wars Comics

    Browse our Arriving This Week page now to see the latest and greatest comics, graphic novels, statues, toys, and more!


    What new comics are you looking forward to this week? Post your comments below.

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