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Darth Vader 12 is the twelfth issue of the Marvel comic book series Star Wars: Darth Vader. The comic, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca was published on November 11, 2015 and is the final issue in the Shadow and Secrets arc of the series.[1][2]

Publisher's summary[]

  • Vader's machinations have him painted into a corner...[1]
  • …but no one puts Vader in a corner.[1]
  • The hit series' second arc concludes here![1]

Plot summary[]

Book II, Part VI
It is a time of unrest. After the Death Star was
destroyed by an X-wing pilot, the Sith Lord
DARTH VADER has been eager to track down
the Force-strong rebel responsible.

Vader's adjutant Inspector Thanoth located
THE ANTE, an information broker he suspects
has crucial knowledge regarding stolen
Imperial credits. Droid archaeologist DR.
APHRA to the The Ante first and buys from
him the location of Luke Skywalker, the pilot
responsible for the Death Star's demolition.

Darth Vader and Thanoth arrive just in time to
discover that Aphra is the one who stole the
mission's credits. They also manage to get the
location of the Plasma Devils from The Ante
before the information broker is killed. Aphra
nearly escapes, but Darth Vader and Thanoth
now have her cornered....

Abandoning the hunt[]

Pursuing Dr Aphra into the storms above Anthan Prime, Darth Vader and Inspector Thanoth's Imperial forces deploy TIE bombers armed with ion torpedoes through the cloud. Inspector Thanoth's plan is to drive out Aphra's ship Ark Angel or disable it. He is confident they will capture her and identify her patron. He thinks that the theft of the Son-tuul Pride's fortune would have required an internal leak.

Lord Vader, who is her true patron, claims this is waste and that their resources would be better spent eliminating the Plasma Devils. Inspector Thanoth agrees and says that they know where the Plasma Devils are currently but don't know where they will be this evening. Deeming Dr Aphra a lesser threat to the Empire, he agrees with Lord Vader that they should abandon the chase and hunt down the Plasma Devils. Both accept that Grand General Cassio Tagge will be displeased but that disobeying orders is better than failure. Dr Aphra is relieved that the Imperials have called off the chase and says that she will live. Triple Zero replies for now.

Hunting the Plasma Devils[]

Approaching the Thanteen Substrata on Anthan 1, Inspector Thanoth informs Darth Vader that their probe droid has confirmed the location of the Plasma Devils' base. Darth Vader convinces Thanoth to order the bombardment of the westernmost tunnels while he attacks the rebels from the eastern routes. In response to the bombardment of the western tunnels, the Plasma Devils flee through the eastern tunnels. However, Lord Vader is waiting for them and slices off a Y-wing starfighter's left engine.

Later, Lord Vader and Inspector Thanoth deliver three rebel helmets to Grand General Tagge, Tulon Voidgazer, Commander Karbin, Aiolin and Morit Astarte. Morit is angry that Vader and Thanoth have stolen his and Morit's mission. In Vader's defense, Thanoth quips that the two can spend the afternoon decapitating some more "useful leads." When General Tagge chides Vader for letting the thief escaping, Vader claims that chasing a few missing coins is nothing compared to crushing rebels. Tagge accepts Vader's explanation due to the limited time frame and sensitive information.

Karbin teases the Astarte twins about their blood lust. In response, Grand General Tagge asks Karbin about his progress in locating Skywalker. Voidgazer mocks him for his failure. After Lord Vader dismisses them, Thanoth thanks Lord Vader for giving a good justification for their actions. He says it has been an honor to work with Lord Vader and is delighted about their triumph despite the thief's escape. Lord Vader tells Thanoth not to worry and vows that Dr Aphra will not escape Imperial justice.

Darth Vader's secret agents[]

In a cave, Triple Zero warns Dr Aphra that withholding information from Lord Vader constitutes a form of blackmail and that Vader does not take such things likely. While Triple Zero and Beetee chat about how Lord Vader would terminate Dr Aphra, the anxious woman tells them that they are not helping.

Shortly later, Vader arrives and startles Dr Aphra. She reveals that Luke Skywalker is on Vrogas Vas. Vader is surprised to see her here. Dr Aphra responds that she has sent him a message and ran and thinks that he has come to hunt and kill her. She says that the only chance she had of surviving was showing that she was trustworthy. She tells Lord Vader that she works for him but can't do it when she is dead. She asks him to spare her life in return for her services.

Lord Vader has come to appreciate her talents over the past few days and decides to spare her life. Aphra tells Vader to get past wanting to kill her on a whim. When the Sith Lord asks about Vrogas Vas, she tells him that the planet hosts a Jedi temple. While Vader is unaware of a Jedi temple being on the planet, he agrees to test her information. Lord Vader then departs alone on his TIE Advanced x1 starfighter, rebuffing Aphra's offer of assistance.

Unknown to Dr Aphra, her droids, and Vader, they are being monitored by Vader's rival Commander Karbin, who does not want Lord Vader to usurp his mission to capture Skywalker. He vows to capture Skywalker for himself.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Dresden, Chris: MARVEL Single Solicitations for November 2015. all-comic.com. All-Comic. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 PreviewsWorldLogo.jpg Shipping Updates: (09/08) on the official Previews World website (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  3. The Star Wars Book places the Battle of Vrogas Vas in the year immediately following the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states concluded in 0 ABY. Therefore, the Battle of Vrogas Vas must have taken place in 0 ABY. As the events of this comic take place prior to the Battle of Vrogas Vas and after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the comic must also take place in 0 ABY.