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Darth Vader 7 is the seventh issue of the Marvel comic book series Star Wars: Darth Vader and the first of six issues in the series' second story arc, Shadows and Secrets. The comic, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca, was released on July 1, 2015.[3]

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Book II, Part I
Disorder engulfs the galaxy. After the
destruction of the Death Star by a
mysterious Force-strong rebel pilot, the
Sith Lord DARTH VADER was deemed
responsible by his master, EMPEROR
PALPATINE. Now pursuing his own agenda
- the pilot's identity - Vader recruited
bounty hunter BOBA FETT and
archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA.

Pitted by the Emperor against a new array
of rivals for his position in the Empire,
Vader's rage at being doubted was
compounded by an even more shocking
revelation—the rebel pilot he sought was
actually the son he never knew he'd had.

Now, alongside Aphra, the Sith Lord
returns to his home planet of Tatooine to
the former homestead of the pilot,
following a trail left behind by Boba Fett
and the young Skywalker....[2]

Revisiting Tatooine[]

Darth Vader visits the abandoned Lars moisture farm on Tatooine with Dr Aphra, Triple Zero and BT-1. While Dr Aphra does not understand Vader's interest in the site, Lord Vader explains that the boy who destroyed the Death Star lived here and that he left because his family was slain. Lord Vader is looking for any trace of Skywalker. Triple Zero expresses sadness and pity for the destroyed droids.

Dr Aphra remarks that Luke would not have destroyed the Death Star had the Empire not killed his family, adding that revenge is a motivator. Vader agrees with her but opines that they are too late and should move on. The two then travel to Ben Kenobi's home where Boba Fett had ambushed and fought Skywalker earlier. Sensing the wrecked surroundings through the Force, Vader senses that the boy is strong in the Force but has little or no training. Vader mocks the late Kenobi for his perceives failed attempt to hide Skywalker.

He tells Dr Aphra that he is finished and she uses a molecular purge bomb to wipe out all trace of their presence from the site. Vader tells Dr Aphra that he will have to return to his duties but that he will have a task for her soon enough.

Business on Son-tuul[]

At the Son-tuul Pride base, Yonak's father speaks with a Twi'lek smuggler, who has failed to his assignment due to the Imperial crackdown. The Rodian doesn't care about his excuses and warns the Twi'lek that he would meet the fate of other failed underlings, who have been beheaded and their heads stored in a cupboard. After hurling a head, Yonak's father prepares to slit the Twi'lek's throat for his failure, telling him he should be more afraid of the mob boss than the Galactic Empire.

Yonak's father soon finds an Imperial tracer in the Twi'lek smuggler's pocket. Just then, a hole explodes in the building. Lord Vader leads a phalanx of stormtroopers. Yonak's father releases a large horned beast in an attempt to scatter the Imperials. However, the horned beasts instead devours the Rodian father. Lord Vader then skills the beast by driving his lightsaber through its head.

A stormtrooper informs Lord Vader that the Twi'lek smuggler who led them here was killed in the crossfire. Vader says this is unfortunate since the suspect had more information. They then confiscate the contraband and give it the Rodian's Hutt competitor Sutha, who is serving Jabba the Hutt and is pleased that Yonak's father is no longer around. Lord Vader and Sutha discuss the relationship between the Empire and the Hutt Cartel. In return for eliminating competitors like the Son-tuul Pride and providing the Hutts with markets, the Hutts supply the Empire with resources.

Sutha tells Darth Vader that Jabba will be interested in acquiring the Son-tuul Pride's confiscated wealth. However, Lord Vader responds that this is Imperial property and that the crackdown is not solely for the enrichment of the Hutts. Sutha is disappointed but concedes that the Hutts now have control of Son-tuul's underworld. Lord Vader tells Sutha to tell Jabba to be content with his new gains but warns him to tell Jabba not to overstep his boundaries.

A hive of scum and villainy[]

Meanwhile, an Iktotchi bouncer tries to bar a red IG-series droid called IG-90 from entering a bar. However, the droid shoots him dead. The Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk asks if he is finished. IG-90 responds that he has made his point. He explains that he was delayed by Imperial checkpoints and asks if he has missed anything. Bossk says he missed nothing while the diminutive bounty hunter Beebox says he saw the Wookiee in the fighting pit and that the "dumb lump" became nostalgic.

They watch the Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan fighting another Wookiee in the fighting pit. When IG-90 asks about Black Krrsantan, Bossk explains that he volunteered for the fight and that he has never before met a Wookiee who volunteered. Beebox suggests buying Black Krrsantan a drink after the fight. The Wookiee presents Beebox with a braid of the Wookiee's hair. Beebox is surprised since it is not his birthday. Dr Aphra tells him to calm down and wipe his mouth because ladies are present.

She informs the bounty hunters that the Empire has eliminated the Son-tuul Pride and confiscated their personal fortune. IG-90 replies that everyone knows this. Dr Aphra informs the bounty hunters that the Son-tuul Pride's wealth is being transported aboard an Arquitens-class light cruiser. She invites the bounty hunters to take part in her plan to steal the money from the Imperial cruiser.

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "X-Tinction Agenda," "Renew Your Vows" Join "Secret Wars" in Marvel's June 2015 Solicitations (2015-03-17). cbr.com. Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 18, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Darth Vader #7 (2015-06-24). Buzzcomics.net. Archived from the original on October 18, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Darth Vader #7. TFAW.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2017.
  4. 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.