“Vader’s Little Princess”: Parenting from the Death Star Ain’t Easy

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In Jeffrey Brown’s hilarious books, Darth Vader faces a challenge more harrowing than the Clone Wars: being a parent to Luke and Leia. Brown’s first book, Darth Vader and Son, re-imagines Darth Vader’s adventures with little Luke in tow. His latest offering, Vader’s Little Princess, is a series of witty comics that perfectly capture what it’s like to raise a little princess of your own, no matter what galaxy you live in.

There’s something comforting about seeing Darth Vader struggle through some of the same challenges parents of little girls face every day, doing his best to raise little Leia as she grows from bossy toddler to rebellious teen. In fact, I might steal his parenting technique of using Star Wars quotes to keep his daughter in line. I’ll start practicing my smug Obi-Wan Kenobi voice now. “Who’s more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?” Parental wisdom goldmine.

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It’s the scruffy-looking nerfherder that really gets Darth Vader riled up, though. I haven’t yet thought about how I’ll handle it when my daughter starts dating, but I’m sure I’ll find myself wishing I could use an interrogation droid on some of the scoundrels she brings home.

Vader’s Little Princess is a quick read, but it’s a book that begs for multiple re-readings. On my third read-through, I noticed small, amusing details here and there, like the Scoundrels book next to Leia’s bed and little Lobot going to school with his classmates.  (Lobot could take them to school in dancing, though, amirite?)

It’s obvious that Jeffrey Brown is a well-versed, die-hard Star Wars fan. Pages are filled with characters both familiar and obscure (like Dexter Jettster). There’s even a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard. But honestly, who doesn’t know what a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard is?

Beyond his impressive Star Wars knowledge, though, it’s easy to see that Brown knows what it’s like to be a parent. With all the humor and fun, there is real warmth in the comics that Force Pull on the heartstrings. Vader’s Little Princess should go on your gift lists now for any fellow nerdy parents who love Star Wars.

Vader’s Little Princess is available through Chronicle Books.

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