Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.
Star Wars: Darth Vader has been an excellent series written by Greg Pak and art by Raffaele Ienco. In the latest issue, the Emperor has put Darth Vader to the test with a Sith Assassin and many other threats. But why?
The Emperor is not happy that Vader didn’t turn Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side and even let him go after Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. That test has taken them to Exegol, the very same planet Rey and Ben Solo end up at in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The issue opens with Vader mind-controlling a giant space beast to the Emperor’s temple on Exegol. The Emperor has beasts of his own to combat the monster, but soon they’re heading into the heart of the temple. It’s immediately familiar if you’ve seen the latest film, but more importantly, the Emperor is clearly messing around with cloning in the familiar tanks from the film.
It’s unclear if they’re Snoke clones, or if the Emperor is going to get to him later since this is taking place 32 years before The Rise of Skywalker. We do get to see a few creations come out of the tanks never before seen. More importantly, though, it appears the Emperor has snatched up a very specific item for the purpose of cloning.
That’s right, one might assume that’s Luke Skywalker’s hand which was recently cut off at Cloud City! Could we be seeing Luke Skywalker clones soon in the comics?
As Vader moves through the temple we get to see other familiar sights, like the massive fleet of warships seen at the end of The Rise of Skywalker. It appears they are being constructed–with some even finished–with the planet-killing canons at the ready on each.
Finally, the next thing we learn is within a building inside the temple. Vader continues deeper still into the temple to find a giant domed building. From its windows, we can see its gleaming with red light. What could be inside? This is clearly not a building seen in the latest film.
A whole lot of Kyber Crystals! These are the very same crystals used to make lightsabers, but this is a much more massive amount of them. This explains how the Emperor’s fleet could have so many planet-destroying cannons on so many warships. Whether or not there is extra crystals for other terrible plans remains to be seen.
Those are the biggest reveals in the issue, but by no means is this all that happens. In fact, I highly recommend you read the entire issue to see how much Darth Vader goes through and some key moments for the character as he is reminded of his son not joining him to the dark side.
You can purchase Darth Vader #11 digitally or wherever comic books are sold today!
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