Spotlight on ‘Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin’

February 15, 2013 at 7:54 am | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin is an all new series from Dark Horse Comics starring the one and only, Darth Vader. We’ve decided to take an in-depth look at the upcoming series to help give fans an idea of what’s to come. First up, the creators.

Behind the project is writer Tim Siedell, a new face in comic writing, but one of Time’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds. The pencils will be done by Stephen Thompson who previously illustrated the story “Jango’s Legacy” from the Star Wars: Republic 50: The Defense of Kamino. Another familiar face is colorist Michael Atiyeh whose worked on such Star Wars projects as Empire, Knights of the Old Republic, and Knight Errant. New to Star Wars is inker Mark Irwin whose worked with various comic companies including DC Comics on series like Batman: The Black Glove, Blackest Night: Green Lantern, Brightest Day, Justice League and more. Also new to Star Wars is cover artist Ariel Olivetti whose worked on JLA, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Cable, Punisher War Journal, X-Man and many others.

Dark Horse Comics Editor Randy Stradley shed some light on the series the other day in an interview with Comic Book Resources.

CBR: The high concept driving “Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin” sounds promising. For unaware readers, can you set the stage for us?

Randy Stradley: The Empire has become aware of a threat to its hold on the galaxy and Vader has discovered an ancient power that rivals the Sith. The temptation to take it and use it for his own ends is almost too much to resist. Meanwhile, a wealthy businessman whose son was killed by Vader has hired a cadre of assassins to kill the Dark Lord. Eight of them have failed, but the ninth, well, the ninth assassin is something special.

CBR: Was this Tim Siedell’s pitch or did you go after him? He seems like the right fit — his tweets from @badbanana are hailed as one of “Time’s” 140 Best Twitter Feeds.

Randy Stradley: I’ve been following Tim on Twitter for years. I’m amazed that three or four times a day he can come up with a quip or observation that literally makes me laugh out loud. Then, one day, I noticed Tim was following me on Twitter. Consider this, Tim has nearly 700,000 followers; I had at the time just over 700. I sent him a message, asking if he’d ever thought about writing comics. Turns out, Tim had been thinking about writing comics and had searched his followers for the names of senior editors at all of the major comics companies. I was the only one following him, so he began following me. The rest is history.

To be honest, I hadn’t expected Tim to want to write comics, let alone Star Wars. It turns out he’s a big fan and he jumped at the chance. Sometimes the stars align.

Penciller Stephen Thompson has posted some interesting artwork he’s been working on for the series including some various mercenaries.


Ariel Olivetti has also posted some of his sketches for the first cover.

And here are the two final art covers for issues #1 and #2, both by Ariel Olivetti.

Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #1

Release Date: April 17, 2013

Synopsis: Eight assassins hired to murder Darth Vader—eight assassins dead. Now the man who enlisted them seeks a ninth assassin. The price? A cost higher than all the credits in his bottomless coffers. But when it comes to avenging his son, no sacrifice is too great to acquire the one man who can kill the Dark Lord of the Sith . . .The Hunt for Darth Vader is on!

Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #2

Release Date: May 15, 2013

Synopsis: An unknown enemy obliterates a star destroyer. An attempt is made on the life of the Emperor. A new evil has made itself known in the galaxy, and Darth Vader is going to find it and crush it. But beware, warns the Emperor, this new adversary appears to wield a sorcery very old and very dark.

Here’s CBR’s exclusive of Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #3 which will probably have a June release.

If you’d like to keep in touch with the creators, you can find them here.

Writer: Tim Siedell (Facebook)(Twitter)
Penciller: Stephen Thompson (Blog)(deviantArt)(Twitter)
Inker: Mark Irwin (Facebook)
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh (Facebook)(Twitter)
Cover Artist: Ariel Olivetti (Facebook)

Looking things over, the new series seems promising: a strong art team, fresh blood in the writer’s chair, and an enticing story revolving around a team of assassins going after Vader. And it all kicks off in April.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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