This article is about the Creator/DarkHorseComics series. For the 2015 Creator/MarvelComics series, go '''[[ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader here]]'''.
''Darth Vader'' was a serial of comic books within the Franchise/StarWars [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends original Expanded Universe]]. They detail Darth Vader's actions shortly after the events of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
Story arcs for the comic series include:
* ''Darth Vader and the Lost Command''
* ''Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison''
* ''Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin''
* ''Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows''[[note]]A separate miniseries released under the ''Darth Vader'' subtitle.[[/note]]
!!The series include the following tropes:
* TheAlcatraz: The titular Ghost Prison, where the Jedi Order kept extremely dangerous Separatist [=POWs=] during the Clone Wars.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse example in ''The Lost Command''. Darth Vader, for reasons strongly implied with dealing with the depths of his guilt for what he has done, often dreams of what his life would have been like had he either killed Darth Sidious himself or had he let Mace Windu deliver the final blow. It shows him as a grandmaster of the Jedi, and having a son, and obviously the Galactic Republic would have remained a Republic and Padme would have still been alive.
* AntiVillain: Gentis. Vader also qualifies to some extent.
* AFatherToHisMen: Gentis in ''Ghost Prison''. Vader also qualifies to some extent.
* BerserkButton: In ''Ghost Prison'', Vader flips out when he watches a hologram of the Jedi council discussing the Ghost Prison, and how they deliberately kept it a secret from him and Palpatine.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Vader betrays and murders pretty much everyone he works with, except Palpatine.
* DeadGuyJunior: In Vader's imaginary life in ''Lost Command'' his son is named Jinn, after his first master Qui-Gon.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Tarkin's son defected to the side he was trying to defeat because he was disgusted with the fact that the Empire he was serving was constantly committing genocide against several people. This is also the reason why one of Vader's personnel was trying to have Vader assassinated.
* ExactWords: ''"You will know of my success what you have Vader's head on your lap. You will not see or hear from me again".'' Cut to the other guy sitting in a chair, his eyes and ears removed. Touch is the only feeling he has left.
* HandicappedBadass: Laurita Tohm was disfigured from an unspecified accident (until ''Ghost Prison 3'' reveals the specifics), and he is shown fighting alongside Vader. Trachra also qualifies. And, naturally, Vader himself IS this trope.
* HeroAntagonist: Gentis. Probably several of the antagonists in the series as well.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: As a test of loyalty, Vader forces Lt. Tohm to execute a wounded Separatist cyborg. As Tohm draws his blaster, Vader orders him not to waste ammo, and hands him a metal pipe.
* KicktheDog: Vader has plenty of moments like this throughout the series, to remind you just what kind of man he is.
* KillItWithFire: Gentis's motivations for causing a MilitaryCoup stemmed from witnessing several soldiers and officers still being cremated by the dozens even after the Clone Wars were over.
* MilitaryCoup: Gentis orchestrates this in ''Ghost Prison'', although [[AFatherToHisMen he isn't]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist completely unjustified]] in deciding to do it.
* MythologyGag: In ''Ghost Prison 3'', Vader tells Laurita Tohm that he killed Anakin Skywalker, similar to how Obi Wan Kenobi, in ''Film/ANewHope'' will tell Luke that Vader killed his father [[FromACertainPointOfView (which was technically true)]].
* RankUp: During the coup, Laurita Tohm goes from a newly minted Lieutenant to a full Admiral, as a reward for his service.
* TheReveal: The circumstances behind Trachta's injuries and cyborg state are finally revealed in ''Ghost Prison 3''.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Averted, although fans of the StarWars franchise should realize that by then: Vader in ''Lost Command 5'' attempts to collapse the entire temple as a means to atone for his sins as Vader. Unfortunately, the Force would still see to it that he survive, with Palpatine even digging him out.
* ShipTeasing: Laurita and Volta, an ex-Separatist sniper. Until Vader kills him, that is.
* StartOfDarkness: ''Lost Command'' serves as this to Grand Moff Tarkin. While he was by no means a saint beforehand, the comic's end implies that his more monstrous tendencies were the direct result of Tarkin losing his son.
* TogetherInDeath: Moff Gentis cradles his dead son's body while Emperor Palpatine electrocutes him with Force lightning.
* TykeBomb: ''Ghost Prison'' implies that a lot of the graduates had only attended the Imperial Academies for a few months instead of the years normally needed.
* TakingYouWithMe: Vader's assassin attempts to do this to Vader when he was curb-stomped by Vader in ''Lost Command 5''.
* UngratefulBastard: Vader and Tohm have all of the Separatist [=POWs=] who helped them fight the anti-Empire officers killed off with a bomb on their ship. Then, Vader decides to kill of Tohm too lest he become a rival for power in the future.
* VillainProtagonist: Darth Vader, natch.
* VillainousBSOD: Vader suffers from an immense one throughout ''Lost Command''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Vader, obviously, but another character in the series was the main antagonist in ''Ghost Prison'', Gentis.