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Marvel Entertainment released the official list of January 2019 comic book product this week, and one title was notable by its absence: Shadow of Vader, the five-issue comic book series written by Chuck Wendig, the writer Marvel fired last week because of his social media use.
Shadow of Vader was announced Oct. 5 during the “Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away” panel at New York Comic Con. The series was intended to look at Darth Vader through the eyes of a number of different characters across multiple eras of the franchise; Wendig, who appeared on the panel, said that point-of-view characters would include a fan-favorite background character from The Empire Strikes Back, a morgue attendant on the Death Star and the Acolytes of the Beyond, a religious cult obsessed with Vader after his death introduced by Wendig in his Star Wars: Aftermath novel series.
At the New York Comic Con panel, the series was officially announced as launching in January, with the series replacing the current Star Wars: Darth Vader title on the schedule; the latter series releases its final issue Dec. 19. However, the full list of Marvel’s planned January 2019 releases doesn’t include Shadow of Vader.
It’s unclear whether the series is on hold while Marvel addresses Wendig’s firing, or if it has been quietly killed altogether. In a blog post about his firing, Wendig expressed uncertainty about what was going to become of the work he’d already completed on the book.
”I like to think they’ll keep my first three — they told me I was being pulled off of 4 and 5, which leads me to believe that my completed scripts for 1, 2 and 3 will still end up out there,” he wrote. “I was honestly very proud of them. The third issue in particular! The editor (same who fired me) was very happy about it. I wasn’t kicked off the book for lack of quality.”
Marvel declined to comment on the title’s absence from the January lineup, but a source told The Hollywood Reporter that more details about the future of the series would be announced shortly.
Wendig has been outspoken in his liberal political views on Twitter, and said Friday he was fired for “the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring.”
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