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Darth Vader 1 is the first issue of the Marvel comic book series Star Wars: Darth Vader and the first of six issues in the series' first story arc, Vader. The comic takes place between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and centers on the character Darth Vader. It was written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca. Darth Vader 1 was released on February 11, 2015.

The issue is set in the aftermath of the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and the first three issues of the comic series Star Wars. Darth Vader must suffer the consequences of his failure to stop the Rebel Alliance during the Battle of Yavin and the assault on Cymoon 1, and is sent by Darth Sidious on a mission to negotiate with Jabba the Hutt. Meanwhile, Vader hires two bounty hunters to capture Luke Skywalker and a mysterious agent of the Emperor.

Publisher's summary[]

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!

Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca bring us a peek behind the mask of evil![3]

Plot summary[]

Book I
It is a period of insurgence. Rebel
spaceships, striking from a hidden base
on a moon of Yavin, have won a shocking
surprise victory against the rightful reign
of the Galactic Empire.

The Empire's ultimate peacekeeping
force, THE DEATH STAR, was destroyed
due to an unforeseen design flaw.
Without this deterrent, the rule of law is in
danger. Chaos looms!

For the nineteen years after the
vanquishing of the Jedi and his painful
rebirth on volcanic Mustafar, Sith Lord
DARTH VADER has faithfully served his
master. But now, he has failed the
Emperor and must pay the price....

Jabba's lair[]

The story opens on the planet Tatooine. Darth Vader visits Jabba's Palace, entering through the gate. He is greeted by a pair of Gamorrean guards, who he cuts down with his lightsaber. Vader then walks into Jabba's throne room, where the Hutt crime lord's majordomo Bib Fortuna tries to stop him. However, Lord Vader forces Fortuna at lightsaber point to allow him an audience with Jabba.

Bib Fortuna wakes Jabba, telling him that Vader has butchered the guards. Jabba shoves Fortuna aside and speaks to Vader, upset that Vader arrived a day early and butchered two of his guards. Vader is unmoved by Jabba's anger and says that he only killed two and warns Jabba not to make him reconsider his generosity. Vader convinces Jabba to dismiss his audience so that they can talk privately. When Jabba asks what he can do for the Galactic Empire, Vader tells him that he has come for a personal issue. Vader warns he will return in his official capacity.

Jabba is dismissive and warns Vader not to play any mind tricks on him. Lord Vader counters that mind tricks are not the way of the Sith and that the Jedi are long gone. Jabba tries to intimidate the Sith Lord by telling him that the rebels and "darker factions" have imposed a bounty. Jabba warns that if he is not careful, he can make him "disappear", hinting at the controls to the rancor pit below. Jabba asks the Sith Lord if he is brave or foolish, but Vader throws the question back at him.

Jabba, remarking that the Jedi are always making things so difficult, summons his entourage who converge on Lord Vader. The Sith Lord draws his lightsaber and deflects blaster bolts and strikes down several guards, including a third Gamorrean guard and a Gran and Whiphid. A deflected blaster bolt also hits Jabba's nutrient jar, shattering it. Realizing he is outmatched by Vader's mastery of the Force, Jabba backs down and pleads with Vader to not to be hasty.

Vader is still incensed that Jabba had called him a Jedi, telling him that he knows nothing and that mind tricks are not of the dark side. Vader Force chokes Jabba and adds that the Sith prefer to use force. After Vader releases his grip, Jabba remarks that Vader drives a hard bargain and that it is not difficult to respect that. Vader replies that this is better before telling him what he needs.

Audience with the Emperor[]

A day earlier, Lord Vader meets with Emperor Palpatine at the Emperor's throne room in the Imperial Palace on Coruscant. Lord Vader briefs the Emperor about the recent rebel attack on Cymoon 1, which has dealt a considerable setback to Imperial production. Vader explains that the rebels were posing as Hutt envoys and forced the Overseer Aggadeen to reveal the base's codes, resulting in the destruction of the factory's core reactor.

When the Emperor asks about the Overseer, Vader informs him that he has brought Aggadeen with him. Lord Vader brings the Emperor to a torture chamber where Aggadeen is being strapped to a torture rack and interrogated by an IT-O Interrogator, and two droids including a silver protocol droid. Vader explains that Aggadeen is being probed to ensure that nothing is hidden from them. He says the Overseer Aggadeen will not fail them again.

Vader wants to discuss the rebel agents, but the Emperor changes the topic to Vader's failure. The Emperor says that they kept the Imperial Senate for nearly twenty years while the Death Star was being constructed. The Emperor laments that they no longer have the Senate to hold order or the Death Star to voice it, and that their production is in ashes. With the Empire besieged, the Emperor blames Lord Vader for the recent disasters. He is angry that Vader tagged the rebel ship with a homing beacon and allowed the rebels to escape with the Death Star plans deliberately. Vader takes responsibility for his actions but argues that the Death Star's arrogance courted disaster. He says that the power of the space station is nothing compared to the Force.

The Emperor shushes him and acknowledges that Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Admiral Conan Antonio Motti, and the others share the blame but that Vader is the only survivor to suffer his anger. The Emperor describes Vader as the survivor of the Empire's greatest military disaster and quips that Vader is the Chosen One, "chosen to be responsible." Vader wants to make amends but the Emperor says that he has proved himself to be a blunt instrument and that it is far better for him to be wielded than to wield.

The Emperor reveals that Cassio Tagge survived the Battle of Yavin and that he had always argued against using the Death Star as the Empire's sole weapon. While the second Death Star is being constructed, his philosophy must be dominant. The Emperor places Vader under Tagge's command. Before that, he tasks Vader with finishing his dealings with Jabba the Hutt. Since Jabba can't bring an agent to the Core Worlds, they must go to the Outer Rim Territories instead.

The Emperor rules out any communications with the Crymorah syndicate or other crime lords. The Emperor expects Lord Vader to finish the deal in two day's time. Vader is not accustomed to haggling. The Emperor replies that Vader will need some practice and reassures him that it is a passing phase they must endure. He reassures Vader that the Empire will claim the Outer Rim eventually. He remarks that a trip to Tatooine will be sentimental for the Sith Lord.

The rival[]

Just then, a human man with a Rodian eye enters the Emperor's throne room. Vader asks who the man is but the Emperor claims that it is someone he doesn't need to know. When Lord Vader asks if the Emperor is hiding something from him, the Emperor chastises his apprentice for even considering that question. He then asks Vader if he has anything to report.

Vader experiences a flashback of his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi aboard the Death Star and himself telling Tagge that the "old man" was someone who thought he could train gifted children. Vader also recalls pursuing Luke Skywalker in the Death Star trench and later encountering him face to face on Cymoon 1. Vader realizes that Obi-Wan gave Anakin's lightsaber to Luke. Returning to the present, Lord Vader claims that he has nothing to report. The Emperor dismisses him, warning him not to fail him again. He walks past two Emperor's Royal Guards, leaving the mysterious man to talk with the Emperor.

Above Coruscant, Vader confers with the Imperial captain of the Imperial Star Destroyer. The captain tells him that they need to travel across the Outer Rim to collect trade goods but that they would still be able to travel to Tatooine in time for the meeting. Vader however forces the captain to take him to Tatooine first before resuming his errand. The captain protests but Vader warns that this will reflect badly on his crew. The Captain acquiesces and Vader retreats to his meditation chamber.

Hiring bounty hunters[]

A day later on Tatooine, Lord Vader meets in the desert with Jabba's top bounty hunters, Boba Fett and the Wookiee Krrsantan. Lord Vader tasks Fett with hunting down an X-wing starfighter pilot who knew Kenobi. He explains that the pilot left the planet aboard a smuggling vessel called the Millennium Falcon . He orders Fett to bring back the pilot alive.

Vader tasks Black Krrsantan with tracing an agent engaged in secret work for the Emperor. Vader tasks the Wookiee with bring the agent to him for a secret conversation. The Sith Lord warns them not to fail. Fett counters that he would only fail if he is hired. He warns that the Wookiee's target may not have all their limbs but reassures him that they won't get away. Vader then prepares to leave the planet, saying he has been delayed on Tatooine long enough. Before leaving, he kills an entire settlement of Tusken Raiders.


Marvel anticipated that the book was on track to sell over 200,000 copies.[5] Some time later, the company revealed to ComicBook.com that the book had indeed surpassed that estimate and had gone on to receive over 300,000 in pre-orders.[6] Ultimately, Star Wars: Darth Vader 1 became the second best-selling comic of February 2015.[7]

In celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, 2016, Marvel re-released Darth Vader 1 as part of its True Believers budget reprint program, which reprints popular comic titles for the suggested retail price of $1.[8]



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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 StarWars.com SDCC 2014: Inside Marvel's New Star Wars Comics — Exclusive on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 MarvelLogo.svg Darth Vader (2015) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 MarvelLogo.svg Join the Dark Side With an Exclusive First Look at Darth Vader on Marvel Comics' official website (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of Darth Vader (2015) 4, an issue taking place after this one, took place in 0 ABY. The opening crawl of the issue states that the issue takes place after the Battle of Yavin, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 0 BBY. Therefore, this issue must take place in 0 ABY.
  5. MARVEL'S "DARTH VADER" #1 TO EXCEED 200,000 IN SALES (2015-01-15). Comic Book Resource. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015.
  6. EXCLUSIVE Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Tops 300k Preorders, New Covers Revealed (2015-01-21). ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on October 9, 2018.
  7. "ORPHAN BLACK" #1 WAS THE BEST-SELLING TITLE IN FEBRUARY 2015 (2015-03-13). Comic Book Resource. Archived from the original on June 17, 2018.
  8. Cranswick, Amie: Marvel celebrating May the 4th with True Believers: Star Wars (2016-03-25). FlickeringMyth.com. Flickering Myth Limited. Archived from the original.
  9. MarvelLogo.svg True Believers: Darth Vader (2016) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)

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