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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145210655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452106557
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The central conflict of 'Star Wars' looks considerably different -- and much, much funnier -- through Brown's eyes. "- Comic Book Resources

"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

"It's fun to see Darth Vader as sort of a sensitive guy." -Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex

"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

"Hillarious...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"

"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

"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

"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

"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"

"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

"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

"Darth Vader and Son [is] a sweet mashup of Star Wars and father and son bonding" - Chicago Tribune

"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"

"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

"You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate this tender little book." -The Guardian (UK)

"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

"This is a good one for a young geek or their proud papa. "
-Ain't It Cool News

"It is funny and sweet and the perfect stocking stuffer for Star Wars-loving dads."
--Victoria Times Colonist

"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"

"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

About the Author

Jeffrey Brown has written and illustrated numerous graphic novels and comics. He is the author of our Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. His work has been featured in McSweeney's in the U.S.


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By MisterMR TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 April 2016
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Jeffrey Brown is definitely a favourite of mine and doesn't have a book I can't recommend. Again, this is very funny reading... but again, it's short and is all over too soon!

Keep 'em coming back for more eh, Jeff...!?
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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 Greedo: "Waaaah!" "What happened?" "Greedo pushed me!" "Well, did you push him first?". There are also some darker moments like young Luke asking Vader why it's called a Death Star, or when Luke gets a cut on his right arm and Vader's putting a band-aid on it...

If you're a huge Star Wars fan and a father you'll get the most out of it, because of all the side references to the original movies. Kids might enjoy it too but probably won't get the more subtle jokes. "Darth Vader and Son" is a fine, fun comic book from Jeffrey Brown.
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Present for my Star Wars loving husband after my little girl was born. Its a series of cartoons of Darth and Luke doing father/son things but is very sweet. Caught my husband reading the captions and talking about the pictures with her when she was very small.

a must for Star Wars parents to be. Will be getting the Darth Vader and Daughter book next,
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This book is a joy. In an alternative take on the father/son relationship, Vader is very much a hands-on father to Luke and each page is a brilliantly detailed snapshot of universally recognised scenarios in which the child very much guides the adult. There are enough in-jokes and visual references to keep the fanboys happy but at it's core the book is a sweet, but not twee, reflection on fatherhood - being a Dark Lord of the Sith makes it no easier!
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My son gave this to his dad 4 fathers dad, as he's an avid Star Wars fan & hands on dad he thought it was really funny, it shows you cartoons pictures off darth vader dealing with a child Luke in everyday situation with a developing child, like sharing, taking Luke to work.... Very funny!
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Bought with the other book Vaders little princess, as a gift for my mum, she was delighted, and as I said in the other review I couldn't resist a peek at some of the cartoons - they are very funny. Worth a look even though it's a such a small book.
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I got my Dad the Princess one and my husband thisn one. Original gifts well received. Funny, simple - good for an extra or stocking filler. Fine at the price - at £5 or less would be 5 stars. Delivery was prompt on Super Saver.
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I ordered this for my little boy to give to his Daddy for Fathers day and now he can't wait for it! His Dad is a massive Star Wars fan so this is the perfect fun likke present to give him! Lovely pictures in the book
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