Last month, Marvel pulled writer Chuck Wendig’s upcoming Star Wars: Shadow of Vader miniseries from its list of January solicitations. Wendig was previously fired by the company due to his use of vulgarity on social media when commenting on political matters. The publisher didn’t officially state whether the book would ever hit comic book stores. But today, they confirmed that the series has been permanently shelved.
Wendig had already completed work on three of Shadow of Vader’s five issues at the time of his firing. The series was announced at this year’s New York Comic-Con and purported to be a character study of the Dark Lord of the Sith viewed through the eyes of a random assortment of background figures. It would also revisit characters introduced in Wendig’s Aftermath novels, which were set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Appropriately enough, Wendig took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the book’s cancellation. He also spoke to Polygon to share additional thoughts on Marvel’s decision. “I mean, it’s a bummer,” he said. “I wrote the hell out of a few scripts and outlined a few more, and the books had a few small to large touchstones to my [Star Wars] novel series, Aftermath. And there was tons of excitement over the book at NYCC. But Marvel has to do what Marvel has to do. Mostly I think they put themselves in a bad position by the way they knocked me from the book in the first place — and I’m sad that this was continued fallout from that. Onward, I suppose, to bigger and better things!”
According to Wendig, Shadow of Vader would have featured artwork by Juanan Ramirez and Greg Smallwood. Smallwood penciled the cover for the series’ first issue, pictured above. Both artists have yet to issue statements about the book’s cancellation.
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