323-324: Darth Vader & Son; Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown
Darth Dad (1)
I enjoyed Brown's latest book "Jedi Academy" so much I wanted to check out these other two books I had heard so much about. This was not what I had expected and I only thought it was OK. A small book filled with one page comic strips featuring what it would have been like for Vader to be a father to Luke when he was a little boy. An extensive knowledge of Star Wars is needed to get these jokes, especially the original trilogy, with some familiarity of the characters in the new movies also. I didn't really find any of the comics hilarious, some were cute, some I didn't get and others I just didn't think were funny. The art on the other hand is very cute and funny. Vader looks so awkward in his role as "Dad". I don't see this as being a book for kids. To me it seems more aimed at adults, parent specific humour, and because of the father theme would make a good Father's Day present for the Star Wars fan dad.
Darth Dad (2)
I actually enjoyed this a little more than the first one, maybe because I'm a girl and could relate more to having had some of these experiences myself at one time. Anyway, as opposed to the "Son" book, I actually thought a couple of these were funny and certainly "got" more of the humour. Still, I have to say I don't think it is anything special though I do love the art, especially Vader's awkwardness at being a "Dad". Again as the first book, I think the best audience for this book is Dads, and it would make a good Father's Day present for the Star Wars fan Dad of a daughter.