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Darth Vader 1 is the first issue of the canon comic book series Star Wars: Darth Vader. It was written by Greg Pak, illustrated by Raffaele Ienco, and published on February 5, 2020 by Marvel Comics. The issue features the story "Dark Heart of the Sith Part I," which is set immediately after Darth Vader's duel with Luke Skywalker.

Publisher's summary[]

"JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!" THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES! In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses -- plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke's utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke's unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who had a hand in hiding and corrupting his only son. But even as he uncovers the secrets of Luke's origins, Vader must face shocking new challenges from his own dark past. Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery this February! With covers by InHyuk Lee!

Plot summary[]

Part I
Darth Vader failed to turn Luke Skywalker
to the dark side. Luke escaped but now
knows the truth.

He is Darth Vader's son.

For the first time in many years, Darth
Vader's path is uncertain....

Following Luke's refusal to join Vader in Empire Strikes back, Darth Vader and the forensic droid ZED-67 leave Admiral Piet's Star destroyer, ignoring the emperor's summons. Vader first went to Tatooine in order to punish whoever had hid Luke's existence from him. Upon landing, he went to the abandoned home of Cliegg Lars. While he was there, he was attacked by local pirates who had mistook him for an imperial ambassador, he pulled down their ship using the force and massacred them. He then went to Padme's apartment on Coruscant, where he found that the security recordings were missing, but there was a transmitter that lead him to Vendaxa. Upon arriving at the source of the transmitter, he found local fauna attacking a rebel cell, which included a Gungan, and was lead by one of Padme's handmaidens.



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  1. 1.0 1.1 MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  2. The events of Darth Vader 1 take place concurrently to and immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Empire Strikes Back to the year 3 ABY, so the events of Darth Vader 1 must also take place in that year.
  3. Star Wars Darth Vader #1. Midtown Comics. Midtown Comics. Archived from the original on March 11, 2020.

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