Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey BrownDarth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

Darth Vader and Son

byJeffrey Brown

Hardcover | April 4, 2012

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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 classicStar Wars(Reg TM) 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."
Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, includingCat Getting Out of a Bag andCats Are Weird. A lifelongStar Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.
Title:Darth Vader and SonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:64 pages, 6.75 × 6.75 × 0.25 inPublished:April 4, 2012Publisher:Chronicle BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:145210655X

ISBN - 13:9781452106557

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book I borrowed this book from the library and was so amazed by how funny and beautiful it is at the same time. Now, I want to buy one just so I have my own copy.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential for budding Star Wars fans Great artwork is perfect for reading to kids.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute A cute fresh look on Luke and Vader's father and son relationship. Great addition to the Star Wars franchise that's light hearted and very enjoyable. The art matches the adorableness of it all.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny This is pretty ingenious. It's cute and easy to read for kids but the humor is hilarious for adult fans of the franchise.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Father's Day gift for the Star Wars fan. My seven year old nephew enjoys it but the humour is beyond him. Better for dad.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute, Funny, and touching........ I picked this up yesterday, and I wondered if I made a sound investement. By the time work was over I had read through this book at least 5 times, and loved every page. A few colleagues also read it and the Star Wars fans loved it, but the non fans( and my wife ) did not see what the big deal was. They did not think it was bad by any stretch, but they just did not get the dialogue like a fan would. IE. " Your skills are complete." , " Your lack of patience is disturbing.". Production. The book quality is very nice, with thick, quality paper. I was very impressed with with the simple, but detailed art, that lends its own little comic jems. IE. Little Lando. If you are a fan, buy this book quickly as it looks like the production run is small, and you will surely enjoy this as much as I did. BTW. If you are a dad you will appreciate this book even more.....
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun for Dad and Son My husband really enjoyed reading this to our son as he is a big Star Wars fan!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great beginner reading book My six year old picked it up right away and started reading. It's was so satisfying to see him enjoy reading and laughing along.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not exactly what I expected I enjoyed Brown's latest book "Jedi Academy" so much I wanted to check out these other two books I had heard so much about.  This was not what I had expected and I only thought it was OK.  A small book filled with one page comic strips featuring what it would have been like for Vader to be a father to Luke when he was a little boy.  An extensive knowledge of Star Wars is needed to get these jokes, especially the original trilogy, with some familiarity of the characters in the new movies also.  I didn't really find any of the comics hilarious, some were cute, some I didn't get and others I just didn't think were funny.  The art on the other hand is very cute and funny.  Vader looks so awkward in his role as "Dad".  I don't see this as being a book for kids.  To me it seems more aimed at adults, parent specific humour, and because of the father theme would make a good Father's Day present for the Star Wars fan dad.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My boys love it! This book is really great. Lots of Star Wars references (of course) and enough humour to make me chuckle a couple times. My kids are Star Wars obsessed and absolutely love it. The one thing I wished I had known, was that it's a series of stand alone one panel comics, not a continuous story. I thought it would be more of a story book that I could read to the kids. That said, it's still fantastic and I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
Date published: 2013-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too too funny! Great illustrations, kept within the Star Wars universe, yet funny and readable to those who aren't immersed in it like I am.
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny, and I don't even like Star Wars... I admit it. I don't even like Star Wars. But this book is hilarious. And you don't have to be a Star Wars fan OR a parent to appreciate the humour in it. Full review at http://letseatbooks.blogspot.ca/2012/04/darth-vader-and-son.html
Date published: 2012-04-19

Editorial Reviews

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"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 cute, and perfect for the little Star Wars fan in your life. It playfully posits the question "What if Darth Vader had actually raised Luke?" Author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown turns run-of-the-mill parenting activities into fun moments full of Star Wars references? Overall, Darth Vader and Son is a fun read for adult Star Wars fans who like a good laugh, as well as for children just learning to love these characters." Wink Books and BoingBoing"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"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"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 "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"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"It is funny and sweet and the perfect stocking stuffer for Star Wars-loving dads." - Victoria Times Colonist"