CWK’s Dan Z. Talks to Kieron Gillen About Marvel’s Darth Vader for Comic Book Galaxy, Part 2

CWK’s Dan Z. Talks to Kieron Gillen About Marvel’s Darth Vader for Comic Book Galaxy, Part 2


Yesterday, featured part one of a discussion between Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z. and writer Kieron Gillen about Marvel’s Darth Vader comic book series in advance of next week’s finale. The conclusion of that interview is now available in the latest installment of Dan’s Comic Book Galaxy.

You can read an excerpt below:

In the final installment of’s Darth Vader wrap-up interview with writer Kieron Gillen, we discuss the inspiration for Doctor Aphra, Vader and Palpatine’s tense dynamic, and the comic becoming one with the Force at the right time. (In case you missed it, check out part one of the interview here.) So, Darth Vader, the series, has brought a number of characters into the Star Wars universe that have left an unforgettable mark. Perhaps no character has had as much of an impact as Dr. Aphra. Although I’m sure Triple-Zero would probably disagree with that.

Kieron Gillen: [Laughs] So, what was the inspiration for Aphra, and what does she mean to you as a character? She’s popular; I mean, people love her.

Kieron Gillen: She’s great. I mean, this is sort of tricky because actually, I’m not going to say whether she survives or not. It’s one of those things where, she’s kind of the heart of the book, and like, I should say that Vader isn’t going to die.

You know, that’s the thing: what the tension of the book is, is anyone around Vader going to survive? And by having a character kind of likable, that’s kind of the thing. The emotional backbone for a lot of the book is, is Vader gonna kill Aphra? Because Aphra knows Vader is going to kill her. And Vader knows that Aphra knows he’s going to kill her. [Laughs] So you get all of the politics back and forth.

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An archive of Dan’s previous writings for the official site can be found here.

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