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Darth Vader and Son (Jeffrey Brown's Star Wars)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  9,411 ratings  ·  898 reviews
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 mo
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 18th 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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There are some people who will buy this book because they love Star Wars. And that's fine. I grew up in house with a Dad and a brother who loved Star Wars (I will be buying this book for my dad for The Father's Day). So, I ended up watching Star Wars movies, too, and playing "Star Wars"-related games with the boys in my neighborhood (hint: light sabers = red vs green freezepops) - probably more often than I would've liked. I didn't really "like" Star Wars until Harry Potter turned me into a nerd ...more
So some idiot here on goodreads is complaining about Jeffrey Brown's Vader books because they don't follow the Star Wars stories closely enough, because they take liberties with Lucas's magnum opus. He even goes so far as to express concern for the victims of Darth Vader, as if they are real people in some real galaxy far, far away.

Enough taking this shit so seriously, morons! C'mon. It's just a silly Science Fantasy series, which really has nothing all that important to tell us in its original
Guys. Guys.

This book. Is full. Of the win.

I mean, it’s super ridiculous, and it’s not… it’s not really a rereadable type of story… but it was ADORABLE.

We’ve got Luke and Darth Vader at the zoo!

Luke and Darth Vader going for a walk! (“But Dad, you said we could go to Tosche Station after nap!” “I AM ALTERING THE DEAL. PRAY I DON’T ALTER IT ANY FURTHER.”)

Darth Vader asking if Luke has to go potty!

Darth Vader encouraging Luke to take up the family business! (“TOGETHER WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FA
This is one of the few books every member of my household has read and enjoyed. (Well, technically the dog was pretty indifferent...)

Everyone agreed that this is the best comic:

In a toy store, young Luke picks out a Jar Jar Binks doll.
Darth says, "This isn't the toy you're looking for..."

Pretty cute, huh?
Soooo funny! Sooo awesome! Love it! Brown is immensely talented and brings such warmth and humor to this work. The various scenes from Vader's life with kiddo Luke are fresh and fun, but also wonderfully familiar to those who know kids and "Star Wars". The situations are ones that most parents/caregivers face but are set within the Star Wars universe. For example, Vader and Luke at the toy store and Luke wants the Jar-Jar Binks doll (perhaps the only doll in the universe more annoying than Tickl ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
Normally I save my reviewing for longer books but this book was so much fun I just had to make a plug to help get the word out. Darth Vader and Son was recommended to me when I was reading another "Dad" book ("Dad Rules.").

Darth Vader and Son is a cute and fun ~60 page art/comic book. While the book doesn't have a particular plot arc that it follows, it has great storytelling moments that are portrayed fabulously. As the title implies, this book is about the interactions of Darth Vader and his s
Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "Darth Vader and Son"
Author: Jeffrey Brown
Published By: Chronicle Books
Age Recommended: 5 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5


Review: It really doesn’t matter if you are a Star Wars fan or not, when you read this little gem of a book, you will be sure to fall in love with Darth and Luke. The book paints the perfect picture of what it might have been like had Darth Vader raised his son.

With beautifully drawn, comical cartoons and a humorous and true look at what kids are
This quite a funny book, especially for Star Wars' fans. I haven't watched the movies (yes, I know. Whatevs...), so I didn't catch some of the references, but it's still funny, mainly because parenthood is a worldwide experience. And Jeffrey Brown's drawings have always been cool. So, give a try, people.

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Sam Quixote
Jeffrey Brown has written/drawn a wonderfully funny comic about fatherhood from the point of view of Darth Vader and a young Luke Skywalker. The book is a series of one page skits, drawn and coloured in the best artwork Brown has produced yet, and if you're a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, you'll love it.

There's lot of cute moments like young Luke pointing to a toy Jar Jar and Vader saying "This isn't the toy you're looking for", or when young Luke is crying after being pushed by young G
Seen at Scott Reads It
I was perusing the Goodreads Choice Awards nominees when I came up on Darth Vader and Son. I am not a hardcore Star Wars fanboy but I do really love the Star Wars universe. I knew once I set eyes on this book that I would love it and so I requested it from the library. Once I came home I devoured it in minutes and Darth Vader and Son was pretty mindblowing.

Darth Vader and Son is a funny graphic novel that shows Darth Vader raising 4 year old Luke Skywalker. It isn't fun
Crystal Starr Light
Awwwww, how cute! And funny! And I love the play on Star Wars quotes and parenting! I think even non-Star Wars fans may like this.
It's cute. I liked the little in-jokes and details in the art.
A darling book for all ages, and a must-have for old school Star Wars fans turned parents!

Jeffrey Brown gives us a myriad of one-page comic illustrations of father-son scenarios that tug at the heartstrings and make you smile with geeky glee.
From "I find your lack of patience disturbing", "When I was your age we didn't have star destroyers", and "It is pointless to resist, my son. It's bedtime", this book is a treasure trove of geek quotes and puns set in a cute "what if Darth had raised Luke" w
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
Darth Vader and Son is a delightful and clever children’s comic book that is well conceived and worthwhile entertainment for children and adults alike.

Set up as a series of illustrated tableaus from the life of a Darth Vader who, instead of learning only mid-way through Empire Strikes Back that Luke Skywalker is his son, is the single father of a four-year old Luke (featuring a cameo from the other Skywalker twin, Leia–oops! Spoiler alert! Luke and Leia are siblings!), the book opens with a titl
A very funny take on how life would be if Luke had stayed with his father, Darth Vader. Hilarious, and heart-warming.

It's a quick read, but many of the images and jokes will stay with me. I especially enjoyed Luke trying to use the force to sneak a cookie and Darth's many parental moments, giving Luke his ice-cream, healing his boo-boos and yelling at him for playing in the trash. Even if you don't get the many Star Wars references and jokes, it still is both very funny and even, dare I say, cut
Jennifer Haight
This is the perfect book for any young Star Wars fan or parent of young kids. Each page is its own story as we watch Darth Vader go through traditional parent activities with his son Luke (and in a few panels his daughter Leah shows up as well). Some pages illustrate a humorous scene with a well known phrase, such as "aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper", but with a new twist. Each page is well executed and FUNNY which is elevated the more of a Star Wars fan you are, the funnier the boo ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans who like cuteness
Sweet and funny. If you've seen Star Wars a billion times, like I have, you will get a kick out of this. This one is funnier than the one about Leia: Vader's Little Princess.
Ugh, thanks GR, for going out and losing my review.

So incredibly cute! A look into their everyday life if Darth Vader was a loving, and hard-working, dad to little Luke. Of course, it is the drastic difference between this and the canon that makes it so humorous, though that really doesn't have a lot of impact on the adorableness. And I might prefer this version to the movie-verse...
Brett Keniston
Jeffrey Brown has created a perfect representation of Gen X fatherhood through a series of cartoons about the unlikely pairing of Darth Vader and his four-year-old son, Luke Skywalker. Brown found the sweet spot by placing the characters in familiar Star Wars settings and applying lines of classic Vader dialogue to mundane parenting situations ("Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate you."). For his target audience (dads of small children who grew up on Star Wars), Brown's cartoons are right on ...more
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.
Andrew Leon
I'm talking about these books by Jeffrey Brown.
The books have brightly colored pictures that are easily appealing to kids. Funny things happen, like Luke hitting Lobot in the head with pasta sauce at dinner, which are also appealing to kids. However, it takes a certain knowledge of Star Wars and of being a parent for these books to really hit home.

I love Darth Vader and Son. It captures a moment when Luke is probably around six or so and is a great picture of what it's like to be a dad. As in th
Megan Sanchez
I was going to list some of my favorites, but this entire book is my favorite. Would be an hilarious gift book for a Star Wars fan with children. Everything about this book made me smile.
Ashley Chen
Cutest read EVER! Go read it! I don't care if you are 1 or 100 years old, read it! I don't care if you are a Star War fan or not, read it!
What would Darth Vader be like as a dad to four-year-old Luke? Well, read this comic and find out!
Awesome, funny book that is a must for any Star Wars fans out there.
Alexandra Robbins
A rare five stars from me because I laughed out loud.
This is pretty much the best book ever.
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Two words: How cute :).
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Jeffrey Brown was born in 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up reading comic books with dreams of someday drawing them, only to abandon them and focus on becoming a 'fine artist.' While earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brown abandoned painting and began drawing comics with his first autobiographical book 'Clumsy' in 2001. Since then he's drawn a dozen books fo ...more
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