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Darth Vader 8 is the eighth 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 15, 2017 by Marvel Comics.

Publisher's summary[]

LEGACY'S END CONTINUES! Vader and the Inquisitorius set their sights on one of the most dangerous Jedi remaining alive…and it's not who you'd expect.

Plot summary[]

Part II
The fledgling Galactic Empire has only just begun
across the galaxy. Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine's
Sith apprentice, struggles to come into his own in his
new role.

Formerly a Jedi Knight known as Anakin Skywalker,
Vader betrayed the Jedi Order and took the lead in
their slaughter. Now, Vader has been put in charge of
the Inquisitors, a group of former Jedi fallen to the
dark side.

The Sith Emperor has given Vader and his new team of
Inquisitors the mission of hunting down Jedi archivist
Jocasta Nu. Little do they know she is aware of their
plan and has a mission all her own....

Steps into darkness[]

Darth Vader Force chokes an Imperial Colonel until the Emperor Palpatine orders him to stop. The Emperor thanks the Colonel for his report and warns that he expects that his division will show improved performance in the weeks to come. After the Colonel leaves, the Emperor tells Vader that they are surrounded by lesser beings who only deserve their hatred and contempt. He counsels Vader that these emotions open a door to the power of the Dark side of the Force. He adds that death, rage and pain are tools of the Sith but warns Vader not to let them dominate him too much. He concludes that he does not want to rule over a galaxy of the dead.

Behind enemy lines[]

Meanwhile, Jedi Master Jocasta Nu walks through the ruined interior of the former Jedi Temple, which has been damaged by the Great Jedi Purge. Her astromech droid Beetoo contacts her to warn her that Coruscant underworld police have found their hangar. Master Nu, who had infiltrated the lightly-guarded Temple, is forced to adjust her plans. The droid beeps in response, understanding her orders.

One of the underworld police officers complains that this check is a waster of time. His colleague says that the sensor grid picked up a weird energy reading at the hangar. The first officer is dismissive, thinking that it is just a fluctuation in the city's power couplings. He thinks that it would be more appropriate to send a repair droid or a technician. While the underworld police officers debate about the insurgent danger to Coruscant, Beetoo plugs into the Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor's engine. Just as the police officers unlock the door, Beetoo detonates the ship, causing an explosion that seemingly destroys evidence of Master Nu's presence.

At the Jedi Archives, the Grand Inquisitor browses through the tomes. Master Nu notices him but decides to focus on the mission rather than confront the intruder. Back at the burning hangar, a Coruscant underworld police officer informs an Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) Major that they have collected most of the wreckage and that initial sensors suggest a fair-sized rhydonium-based explosion. He suspects that the rhydonium had been rigged into the ship's fuel canisters. Another officer finds a decal bearing the insignia of the Jedi Order.

While the Coruscant police officer believes that the Jedi are gone, the ISB Major explains that new directives dictate that any Jedi activity has to be reported to the Emperor's new enforcer Darth Vader. While Lord Vader meditates in a stormy black sea while white butterflies flutter around, he is interrupted by a servant, who informs him that the ISB have reported an incident in the city possibly connected with the Jedi.

Master Nu's Quest[]

Back at the Temple, Master Nu uses the Force to trigger a secret door hidden behind a bookcase. She enters a secret vault containing various relics that is guarded by the droid Cator, who has kept watch in her absence. At the ISB laboratory, the Major briefs Vader about the bombing incident, which he believes was part of a botch attempt to target the rich part of the city. He speculates that the Jedi insignia was part of a calling card meant to serve as rabble-rousing graffiti.

Vader tells the Major that he is wrong. The Major attempts to reassert his authority citing his experience as an investigator. He reminds Vader that he is here by courtesy. Lord Vader uses the Force to reassemble the wreckage of the Jedi starfighter and Beetoo. This display of the Force amazes and terrifies the Major. Lord Vader tells the Major that a Jedi is lose on Coruscant and to order his teams to search every level except the former Jedi Temple. When the Major suggests that the Jedi fugitive may head to the Temple, Lord Vader responds that he will deal with the threat himself.

Back at the Temple Archives, Master Nu completes her mission to obtain the Order's database of every known Force-sensitive child in the galaxy, which is stored in a datacard. She tells Cator that the Sith have taken over the galaxy and believes that it will take the Jedi generations to depose them. However, she vows that the Jedi will return. Master Nu hopes to use the database to rebuild the Jedi Order. She thanks Cator for his service and promises to meet again.

While walking through the corridors of the Archives, she tries to restrain herself from confronting the Grand Inquisitor. However, she is overcome by rage at the sight of him callously browsing through her books. Enraged, she leaps down from a balcony and confronts him with her lightsaber.



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Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 MarvelLogo.svg Darth Vader (2017) #8 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  2. Darth Vader 8 takes place in between Darth Vader (2017) 1 and Darth Vader (2017) 13. Darth Vader 1 takes place right after Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY, and Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition places Darth Vader 13 one year later. Therefore Darth Vader 8 takes place some time between 19 BBY and 18 BBY.

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