Darth Vader and Son (英語) ハードカバー – 2012/4/18
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What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars® moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ("Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!"), and the special bond shared between any father and son.
"You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate this tender little book."
-The Guardian (UK)
"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
"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
"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
"This is a good one for a young geek or their proud papa. "
-Ain't It Cool News
"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."
"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
"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
"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
The concept is clever, the execution cute. Jeffrey Brown illustrates snapshots of the dread Darth Vader in various father-son situations with little Luke Skywalker. The cover shows them eating ice cream cones together--and if Luke were to drop his on the ground, Darth Vader, earnest and loving father that he is, would surely give his to his son. Each page inside has similar episodes that probably most parents are familiar with, most given a Star Wars slant. The little sister Luke doesn't want is Princess Leia; the "bat" he holds when playing baseball with his dad is a light saber (with comical results); Luke's trick-or-treating costume is a storm trooper; Luke tries to use the Force to get the cookie jar; and so on. Someone who's seen the Star Wars movies (especially the original trilogy) would catch more of the references to the franchise, but anyone with even the vaguest idea that Darth Vader is a science fiction bad guy would get a kick out of seeing him as dutiful and patient father. Any kid who likes Star Wars would like the book, though I sense that the main target audience is adults. And any adult who's been a parent or imagined what it would be like to be a parent should enjoy the book, as when Luke catches Darth Vader off guard by asking him where babies come from.
It's a picture book comic book hybrid, with characters speaking in speech balloons. One neat touch is that while the words spoken by the characters are in lower case, except for the first letters in sentences etc., Darth Vader's words are ALL CAPS, to make his manner of speech and personality seem more commanding and formal. Brown's art is appealing, richly colored, simple to view, with enough interesting features to reward reviewing.
I have also read the second book in Brown's series, Vader's Little Princess (2013), focusing on Darth Vader's relationship with Leia, but found that one less fresh, appealing, and real. Darth Vader and Son I do recommend!
コマ割りしてあるページもありますが、多くのページが１枚の絵とそこに描かれた人物のセリフで構成されており、ユーモアたっぷりで、Star Warsを茶化しつつもStar Warsに対する愛を感じる内容です。