Marvel’s ongoing Darth Vader series continues to show us a very different side of the Dark Lord of the Sith. Star Wars: Darth Vader # 3 chronicles a journey we never expected to see, as Vader returns to Naboo and relives the most tragic moments of his life as Anakin Skywalker. revisit? Read on to find out, but Beware of full spoilers for Star Wars: Darth Vader # 3!
Vader would like everyone to believe that the man known as Anakin Skywalker is dead and buried, but we know that’s not the case. This new series appears to be all about exploring how Vader went from the ruthless tyrant he is in The Empire Strikes Back to the Redeemed Father of Return of the Jedi. A key part of this process was reuniting Vader with a woman who looks like his late wife Padmé.Of course, Vader quickly learned that this Padmé lookalike was in fact his former servant Sabé, but this unexpected reunion brought them all back. kinds of emotions and memories that Vader would keep buried just as soon. And now that their shared quest has taken them to Naboo, Vader really feels that prequel nostalgia:
Why did Vader agree to travel to the planet that his late wife and current master both called home? Vader is currently on the hunt for anyone and everyone responsible for hiding the existence of his son Luke, while Sabé and his allies are in possession of an encrypted recording which they believe will reveal the identity. of the murderer of Padmé. These two paths have now converged on Naboo, as Sabé, Captain Typho, and Captain Tonra lead Vader to an underwater temple in Gungan.Since Vader himself is the man Sabé hunts, it will only be a matter of time before their alliance collapses. And as Vader finds out in Issue 3, this alliance was simply a ruse to lure him into a trap. Sabé and his allies believe Vader killed both Padmé and Anakin on Mustafar, which is essentially true (from a certain point of view). Now they hope to kill him, even if it means sacrificing their own lives in the process.
Art by Raffaele Ienco. (Image credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)
This issue ends with Sabé summoning one of the huge sea monsters Naboo is so famous for, hoping the beast will destroy the temple and Vader with him. Obviously, she won’t succeed, but just reuniting with the former Anakin Skywalker might have been enough to awaken the spark of light within.
However, Vader is making his way out of this mess, he is in store for more surprises in the near future. During Comic-Con @ Home’s Lucasfilm Publishing panel, writer Greg Pak revealed that the series’ second story arc will tie into the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.“It will be a huge, hopefully deeply disturbing and entertaining and satisfying epic by the time this is all over,” Pak told IGN. “We got permission and the green light to do things that I never thought I could do. . “
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