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Darth Vader 20 is the twentieth issue of the canon comic book series Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017). It was written by Charles Soule, illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli, and published on August 22, 2018 by Marvel Comics.

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"FORTRESS VADER," PART TWO! A thief faces the consequences for their crime. EMPEROR PALPATINE rewards DARTH VADER with three gifts…A thing, a choice and a voice.

Plot summary[]

FORTRESS VADER
Part II
The Republic is overthrown. Emperor Palpatine rules
the galaxy with an iron fist.

Second only to the Emperor is Palpatine's apprentice —
the fearsome Darth Vader — who lives only to serve his
master's Empire. To ensure the survival of this New
Order, Vader leads a squad of dark side adepts — the
Inquisitorius — in rooting out and destroying the
remaining Jedi Knights.

But Vader's followers have done their job all too well.
With all known Jedi survivors eliminated or
disappearing without a trace, Vader's been forced to
seek new targets....

Vader's wrath[]

At the Inquisitorius Headquarters on Coruscant, Darth Vader holds his lightsaber over the red female Inquisitor. The Grand Inquisitor demands to know whether this is a test or more training. Vader replies no before attempting to strike down the red Inquisitor. However, the black Twi'lek Inquisitor intercepts Lord Vader's blade. He tells the red Inquisitor to run.

As she flees, Lord Vader faces down the Twi'lek Inquisitor, saying that he sensed an attachment between the two of them, which he describes as a weakness. He says that the death of Eeth Koth should have served as a lesson to them about such things but that they did not get the message. He hurls the black Inquisitor against the wall. When the Twi'lek Inquisitor demands to know what she did, Lord Vader says that it does not matter but that he has done the same thing.

As the Twi'lek Inquisitor flees, the Grand Inquisitor asks if he and the Inquisitors can assist in any way. Lord Vader declines his offer of assistance. While fleeing, the two fugitive Inquisitors ponder Vader's reasons for attacking them. The red Inquisitor says that Vader doesn't need a reason for killing people. She is surprised that the Twi'lek got in Vader's way, prompting the Twi'lek Inquisitor to confide his love for her. The red Inquisitor reciprocates her love for him but warns that they now have to kill Vader. The two resolve to escape after killing the Sith Lord.

Later, Darth Vader patrols the skylanes of Coruscant with two Coruscant Guards in an airspeeder. He informs them that they are looking for a male and female Jedi who are cunning and who will attack them at anytime. Just as Vader finishes his message, a double-bladed spinning lightsaber slashes through the right rear engine, causing the speeder to careen out of control. Vader leaps onto a red airspeeder. The fugitives hurl their spinning lightsabers, which slash through the speeder's chassis.

The doomed speeder crushes a Gran and a human couple in a park, incinerating them. Vader continues his pursuit on a third speeder. The inquisitors, who have commandeered a green airspeeder, hurl a white and orange twin-seater speeder at Lord Vader but the Sith Lord throws it back at them. They use the Force to drop a statue on top of Lord Vader, causing him to crash onto a balcony.

Believing they have won, the two Inquisitors attempt to kill the seemingly wounded Sith Lord. However, Lord Vader uses the Force to restrain the two Inquisitors and force them to kill each other with their lightsabers. In their final moments, the red Inquisitor apologizes to the Twi'lek Inquisitor. The Twi'lek accepts her apology, saying that he did not expect them to die in bed after the choices they have made. He says that at least they will be free. Vader looms over the two fallen Inquisitors.

Reporting to the Emperor[]

At the Imperial Palace, the Emperor Palpatine questions Vader's assertion that the two fallen Inquisitors were traitors. Vader claims that the Fifth Brother informed him that he had seen the red Inquisitor allowing Eeth Koth's wife Mira and daughter to escape. He adds that the red Inquisitor only recaptured the child after realizing that she had been seen. Vader claimed that the red Inquisitor was building a coalition against the Sith and had corrupted the Twi'lek Inquisitor, necessitating their removal.

The Emperor is furious that Lord Vader cut a swath of destruction across Coruscant in the process of hunting them down. He is incensed that Lord Vader's actions caused the death of a Gran senator who was important to his plans. Vader fears that such disorder will undermine his ability to govern the Galactic Empire. Vader reminds the Emperor that he gave the Inquisitors to him. Vader agrees but says that he will move the Inquisitors to a new base offworld to prevent such trouble from happening again on Coruscant.

Vader's request[]

The Emperor praises Lord Vader for killing Eeth Koth, a former member of the Jedi Council whom he fears who have caused trouble for them. Vader tells the Emperor that Koth was pretending to be a priest. The Emperor mocks Koth for choosing to hide as the closest thing to a Jedi and says that the Jedi are fools who deserve their extinction. To reward Vader's efforts for hunting down the Jedi Purge survivors, the Emperor gifts Lord Vader with Senator Padmé Amidala's former Naboo Royal Starship.

A repair droid informs the Sith that a full restoration of the exterior should be complete in two days. Before the droid can finish its report, Vader hurls it against the hangar wall, shattering it. The Emperor decides to leave Vader to handle the ship's design. Having read the Grand Inquisitor's report, the Emperor believes that the Jedi threat has been subdued for now, allowing the Empire to turn to different matters. He charges Lord Vader with traveling to Alderaan to discipline the defiant Senator Bail Organa.

Vader declines to carry out the order. When the Emperor demands an explanation, Vader explains that he will perform any other tasks that he requires but requests that the Emperor give him a world. The Emperor believes that Vader wants a place to hone his skills or his rage. The Emperor says that Coruscant is his world to dominate but offers to give other worlds such as Palpatine's former homeworld of Naboo. The Emperor also offers Tatooine as a place for Vader to repay his suffering there a thousand times over. Lord Vader declines these worlds and proposes Mustafar.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 MarvelLogo.svg Darth Vader (2017) #20 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  2. The events of Tarkin take place five years after the rise of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, Tarkin must be set in 14 BBY. As Darth Vader knows about Wilhuff Tarkin's past on Eriadu in Darth Vader (2017) 18, which he only learned about in Tarkin, issue 18 must take place after the novel. The later issue Darth Vader (2017) 19 featured the Second Sister, who was killed in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Fallen Order takes place five years after the Great Jedi Purge, which is dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is also set in 14 BBY. As Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 18 is between both Tarkin and Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 19, the events of the issue must take place in 14 BBY. Therefore, the events of issue 20 must also occur in that year, as the issue takes place immediately following issue 19.

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