Darth Vader 24 is the twenty-fourth, penultimate 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 November 28, 2018 by Marvel Comics.
Battle of Fortress Vader
Darth Vader is flung by a blast of Force energy from Fortress Vader's meditation chamber. Though the Imperial garrison is outnumbered, Lord Vader dismisses an order to retreat and extols the soldiers to destroy the attackers and teach them the meaning of Empire. Vader leads the Magma troopers, stormtroopers, walkers and TIE fighters in combat against the advancing hordes of lava fleas and Mustafarians. He cuts down numerous foes with his lightsaber.
Recognizing that Lord Vader is seemingly invincible, Kkkt gathers the other Mustafarians including his son Sssp. Using their combined strength, they summon the "blood of Mustafar" through the Force to burn the planet clean. The Imperial forces and Mustafarian belligerents are overwhelmed with a tide of lava, killing many. Surveying the damage, Kkkt believes that the "dark one" is destroyed and that they are saved.
However, Lord Vader uses the Force to wrap armor in a protective bubble. He summons the head of an AT-AT and Force jumps to safety, rising above the sea of magma. Realizing that the "dark one" lives, the Mustafarians gather their forces for a final assault on Fortress Vader, which they intend to destroy. However, the Sith Lord uses the fortress' meditation chamber to summon more lava, wiping out the attackers.
Duel with Lord Momin
Darth Momin thanks Lord Vader for saving his castle from destruction. Lord Vader confronts Momin for treason. Since the cyborg's armor has sustained damage, Momin believes he can defeat his rival. He mocks Vader's belief that he can force the dark side to serve him and goads Vader about his injuries and late wife. While parring with Lord Vader, Momin tells the Sith Lord that they serve the dark side and glorify it through their work and arts.
Momin chastises Vader for fighting the will of the dark side before slicing off his prosthetic sword arm. When Vader asks if Momin lied about what lies beyond, Momin tells him that all things are possible through the Force. He claims that Vader is unworthy of serving the dark side. While Momin boasts, Lord Vader uses the Force to crush him with a large panel. Still defiant despite his injuries, Momin claims that the dark side wants him to live. Lord Vader mocks Momin before using the Force to cause the panel to shatter his neck, killing the ancient Sith Lord.
Claiming his destiny as his own, Vader uses the dark side to open the door, unleashing a wave of energy that can be seen from afar.
- UPC 759606086665; November 28, 2018; Marvel Comics
|Organizations and titles||Sentient species||Vehicles and vessels||Weapons and technology||Miscellanea|
Organizations and titles
Vehicles and vessels
Weapons and technology
- Vol. 4 — Fortress Vader
- Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2
- Star Wars: Darth Vader by Charles Soule Omnibus
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Fortress Vader was completed forty-six years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the fortress's construction, as well as the Battle of Fortress Vader that ensued, must have happened in 12 BBY.