The Darth Vader series has been a huge highlight of the new Star Wars comics, and to follow up on this, there's a new Darth Vader series coming in June. Think of a prequel, but not as far back as the film prequels. This will go back to just after them, to a time when Darth Vader was born again (if you remember rightly, Anakin was called Darth Vader before he actually donned the black suit that fans know and love). This is set to start literally moments after Revenge of the Sith.
Starting Darth Vader back at issue number 1, the series will chart Anakin's horrifying realisation of the cyborg monster he's become, while also exploring his earliest days as the Emperor's fist across the galaxy. And his first task? Building his iconic red lightsaber, according to Soule:
"The first arc is going to revolve around Vader’s construction of his red lightsaber, because at the end of Revenge of the Sith, he obviously loses his blue saber when he gets all chopped up and Obi-Wan takes it to eventually give to Luke down the road. So we end up with a character who is known as having this iconic sword, like his magical red sword, but he doesn’t have it yet. So what better way to start a big huge series than with a quest for a magic sword? We’re going to explore the mythology around lightsabers to some degree, which will be very fun. I’m really lucky that I get to tell that story. Seems like a big piece of the puzzle for him."
Thankfully we already know a little bit about the construction of Sith lightsabers thanks to the Ahsoka novel, set in the current canon not the old canon, which revealed that red is not a natural colour of the kyber crystals that power lightsabers. Instead it comes from channelling Dark Side energy into them, which causes the crystal to "bleed" and create a red blade colour.
It will still be very interesting to see it told again with a character like Vader though.
Darth Vader #1 is set to release in June.