What's Daddy Darth Vader like at home? Book paints picture

Upcoming "Darth Vader and Son" imagines Lord Vader as a regular old helmet-wearing genocidal father of a 4-year-old.

Luke blows bubbles
Bubble blowing -- as annoying in a galaxy far, far away as it is on Earth. Jeffrey Brown, via Chronicle Books

What kind of single dad would the Dark Lord of the Sith make?

When "Darth Vader and Son" comes out next week, we'll finally get an idea. The new illustrated book imagines Lord Vader raising Luke Skywalker, and helps answer the long-burning question: what's the Dark Lord like at home?

Like any father, Domesticated Darth wants his son's approval ("Do you like the eggs I made?"). But he also knows he has to be an authority figure first. (Trick-or-treating is fine, but Jar Jar Binks dolls are simply not allowed in the Vader household.)

Jeffrey Brown, via Chronicle Books

If films have taught me one lesson, it's that if you have an emotionally distant father you're going to grow up to be an alcoholic unable to maintain healthy relationships. If only fathers in films actually watched films about fathers, fictional sons would stand a much better chance in life.

"Darth Vader and Son" imagines a world in which Anakin Skywalker got this message and decided to raise a young Luke right.

Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown -- whose work includes "Incredible Change-Bots," and "Every girl is the end of the world for me" -- told Comic Books Resource that he "just really liked the idea of the Dark Lord of the Sith facing the frustrations that any parent of a 4-year-old faces."

I like it too.

If you're a "Star Wars" fan, or a comics fan, or you're just looking for something to take your mind off your own father issues, check out the book trailer below featuring James Earl Jones.

The book (Chronicle Books, $14.95) will be released April 18.

 

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