Darth Vader and Son

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What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other?except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars? moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber ...

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Overview

What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars® moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ("Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!"), and the special bond shared between any father and son.

Winner of the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When the first Star Wars film conquered the world in 1977, no one could have possibly foreseen it going on to become such an ubiquitous part of our cultural heritage. Now even parenthood can be viewed through the filter of the Sith lord Darth Vader. Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change-Bots) crashes headlong into George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away with endearing, funny—and fully licensed—results. A series of full-page gag cartoons focusing on the “what if?” of Darth Vader raising a four-year-old Luke Skywalker, the book twists father/son moments into scenarios within the Star Wars playground. For instance, the addition of a wailing little Luke turns the Bounty Hunter scene into, as one bounty hunter’s thought balloon puts it, Awkward!” Trick-or-treating, toy shopping, a day at the zoo, and more are rejiggered with a lighthearted, charming tone. However, the book also provides ample proof that adding a babysitting Darth Vader to any Star Wars situation makes it gently humorous. Brown’s signature scratchy style is embellished with full color and stripped-down likenesses. (Apr.)
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"As a Star Wars generation kid-disclaimer: the original Star Wars movies, not the prequels-this little book was pure joy. I now read it with my five-year-old daughter, who cracks up at little Luke and a much kinder, gentler Darth Vader."- Chicago Magazine

"You won't find a more adorable Star Wars book this year than Darth Vader and Son. Seriously. It's a must-have for Star Wars fans of all ages, as it's not only insanely cute, it's quite humorous,"
Geeks of Doom

"You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate this tender little book."
-The Guardian (UK)

"When the first Star Wars film conquered the world in 1977, no one could have possibly foreseen it going on to become such an ubiquitous part of our cultural heritage. Now even parenthood can be viewed through the filter of the Sith lord Darth Vader. Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change-Bots) crashes headlong into George Lucas's galaxy far, far away with endearing, funny-and fully licensed-results. A series of full-page gag cartoons focusing on the 'what if?' of Darth Vader raising a four-year-old Luke Skywalker, the book twists father/son moments into scenarios within the Star Wars playground. For instance, the addition of a wailing little Luke turns the Bounty Hunter scene into, as one bounty hunter's thought balloon puts it, Awkward! Trick-or-treating, toy shopping, a day at the zoo, and more are rejiggered with a lighthearted, charming tone. However, the book also provides ample proof that adding a babysitting Darth Vader to any Star Wars situation makes it gently humorous. Brown's signature scratchy style is embellished with full color and stripped-down likenesses."- Publisher's Weekly

"This is a good one for a young geek or their proud papa. "
-Ain't It Cool News

"This book is hilarious, short, and sweet. I'm sure it will have a real wide range of appeal that will include both young and die-hard Star Wars ones. There's probably not wrong reason to gift this, but it would definitely make for a good Father's Day present if you really need an excuse to buy Darth Vader and Son."
CSI: Librarian

"The central conflict of 'Star Wars' looks considerably different — and much, much funnier — through Brown's eyes. "- Comic Book Resources

"The book imagines a universe where Darth Vader actually gets to raise his son Luke and it is so disarmingly charming that you really stop caring that this is an evil Sith lord. Oh, Obi-Wan, why did you spirit those children away?" -TOR.com

"Mix "Star Wars" with cuteoverload.com, and you get Jeffrey Brown's adorable "Darth Vader and Son" from Chronicle Books..[it] just had me melting, "awww"-ing and/or giggling over almost every page. And I'm not even a dad.. geek dads, especially those with little kids, would totally appreciate"
-Geek Watch, DetroitNews.com

"Just let me just be the first to tell you that, if you play your cards right and get him a copy, Darth Vader And Son is gonna have Dad laughing coffee through his nose this year at brunch." -Babble.com"It's fun to see Darth Vader as sort of a sensitive guy." -Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex

"It is funny and sweet and the perfect stocking stuffer for Star Wars-loving dads."
—Victoria Times Colonist

"Hilarious...it's a great book to read to your kids, but it's also a great book for adults. I find myself smiling as I turn each page."
Forcecast.net

"From potty training to lightsaber batting practice to ice cream runs, the endearing absurdity of the duo's dynamic makes for a remix treat of the most entertaining variety."- Brain Pickings

"Fans of Star Wars will be entertained by this heartwarming and comical twist on the epic classic. Through vivid illustrations, author Jeffrey Brown shares the tale of Darth Vader, the hands-on, over-protective dad, who's involved in Luke's everyday activities"
—Real Simple

"Do you and your Dad have a Star Wars bond? Then you're definitely going to want to nab this sweet and funny comic about Anakin & Luke Skywalker."
-E! Online

"Devoted Star Wars fans will love that Brown has taken Darth Vader's lines from the movies-'I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further'—-and cleverly turned them on their heads, finding the humor in both parenting and movie fandom, especially when he pokes gentle fun at the newer movies."
- ICv2.com

"Darth Vader and Son is Brown at the top of his artistic game with beautiful full-color pages, many of which seem imbued with a sincerity that I would expect to find in his next autobiographical work, A Matter of Life. Darth Vader and Son is a book for fathers and sons and Star Wars fans and, well, pretty much anyone who enjoys happiness and smiles. "
-Comics Bulletin

"Darth Vader and Son [is] a sweet mashup of Star Wars and father and son bonding"
- Chicago Tribune

"But if you're one of those sad, empty few who haven't picked up Vader and Son, for yourself, a child, a Star Wars fan, a carbon-based lifeform, or anyone who likes things that are Good - do yourself a favor and pick it up, because not only it is adorable and funny, but it's also one of the best Star Wars books ever. In fact, buy two, because you're going to want to give a copy to somebody over the holidays, no question. "
-io9.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452106557
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/18/2012
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 22,414
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    Such a great little book!

    While I was looking for some new books at Barnes and Noble (obviously), I saw this little book and I thought the cover looked cute so I read it. And my goodness, it's possibly the cutest book I've ever read.

    It's full of little comics of Darth Vader and Luke when he's 4 years old, and Darth being a dad.

    If you like Star Wars, then I totally recommend this book. I was going to by it, but I'm going to save it for later. =)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Absolutely great! A fresh and witty take told in pictures.

    Absolutely great! A fresh and witty take told in pictures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    You've got to love this!

    Been part of a Star Wars loving family my whole life, from my parents first date down thru all us kids. I've seen (and loved) all the movies and read a great deal of the books. This is one of my favorites. It's an adorable story, told in picture form that shows (in a perfect world) even Darth Vader makes a great dad. Funny and sweet, and all too true in parts, it's a great edition to any fan's library and I can't wait to share it with my nephew - the next generation of our Star Wars saga.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    As an artist, a Star Wars fan, and a mom of kids that are also S

    As an artist, a Star Wars fan, and a mom of kids that are also Star Wars fans, I have to say that this is such a fun book!!  The author is very awesome, which makes me want to get more books by him, too!

    Yes, I will recommend this book as a gift to any one who loves Star Wars!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    good gift for Star Wars fans

    I got this book as a gift for a very picky Star Wars fan. He was quite pleased with author's approach. His quote: "This is some funny s***!"
    Coming from him, that's high praise.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    This is a primarily picture book of what it might have been like

    This is a primarily picture book of what it might have been like if Darth Vader had raised toddler Luke.

    The graphics are very detailed to enhance the brief narrative that accompanies each page.

    The tale is filled with humor, some emotion, and references to the Star Wars movies.

    Overall, a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    The book is adorable. This book always cheers me up, no matter h

    The book is adorable. This book always cheers me up, no matter how depressed I am. 

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Cute and Adorable!

    I loved this book and highly recommend this book and Vader's Little Princess to anyone with little children who are just getting into the Star wars phenomenon. My two oldest nephews love both books, and they're just coming to the right ages to actually appreciate anything pertaining to Star Wars. Both of the books were for my brother for father's day, and even he liked them. If this author made more of these books, I would get them immediately.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    very cute

    very cute

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Sibling-Approved

    Had this sent to a relative who runs a private after-school music program. A waiting area in her facility features a large collection of assorted reading matter that parents may read to their younger children while older siblings are having their music lessons. Loves this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Great book...very entertaining for my boys!

    As soon as my boys saw this they had to have it... They love Star Wars so much and love this book too! Very funny...

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    Posted March 6, 2013

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