Marvel Comics Scraps New Darth Vader Series After Chuck Wendig's Controversial Exit

Shadow of Vader will not see the light of day. (Image: Greg Smallwood, Marvel Comics)

Almost a month and a half after it was first announced at New York Comic-Con, Marvel has pulled the plug on its latest Star Wars miniseries, Shadow of Vader, bringing an awkward end to the saga the publisher created by booting writer Chuck Wendig from the book in the first place.

Wendig made waves last month when he explained in a lengthy series of tweets that he had been fired from the Shadow of Vader title — at that point mere days after the series had been publicly unveiled — with the writer pinning the reasoning as allegedly down to an editor citing Wendig's coarse language on social media, combined with the writer's discussion of US politics online.

When initially asked, a Marvel Comics representative would not confirm why Wendig was suddenly off the book. It was the latest in a line of recent incidents in the pop culture space over hollow calls for civil discourse in the wake of targeted campaigns of harassment.

Since then, Marvel has stayed quiet about the book, although its absence from solicitations for the publisher's January 2019 releases started rumours swirling that the series wouldn't get a replacement writer (Wendig had written three of the five intended issues) and instead just never hit shelves.

Now, Polygon is reporting, citing sources at Marvel Comics — and sources speaking to Gizmodo have also confirmed — that that is indeed the case: Shadow of Vader has been scrapped altogether.

Wendig tweeted a few responses to the news, expressing his sadness that the series will never the light of day — and that characters that the writer had created in his trilogy of Star Wars: Aftermath novels wouldn't get the chance to make their way into the comics universe:

Shadow of Vader will be, well, left in the shadows, unseen beyond the covers presented at its announcement at NYCC just a few short weeks ago.


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    It's a shame he didn't know how to use his social media properly being employed, I would have liked to check it out.

      It's a shame we are experiencing a phase where we can make entertainment companies bend via social media, but not oil coporations, car manufacturers and EB Games.

        I haven't heard about of any of those companies being as toxic (to use the Oxford Word of the Year) in their communications as Wendig and others that have been fired for their social media misuse.

        Except for Elon Musk of course. Him getting a $20million fine and being removed as Tesla Chairman for his tweeting was pocket change for him, but something a long time coming with how off the rails he's gone.

          I haven't heard about of any of those companies being as toxic in their communications

          They are toxic in much worse ways.

      The only proper way to use social media when under the employ of a company that gives a shit about social media is to not use it at all.

      But Chuck did use it, and I'm glad he didn't roll over under waves and waves of harassment so that we could buy a very important thing. It's even better that the entire project has been scrapped - folks don't deserve access to nice things when they're being volatile nutsacks online.

      The tricky part is whether people can recognise that the fault of the situation may not be with Chuck, but it is certainly with his harassers.

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