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Star Wars 14: Vader Down, Part V is a Marvel comic book by Jason Aaron, with art by Mike Deodato, Jr. It is the fourteenth issue of the series Star Wars and the fifth issue of the Star Wars: Vader Down crossover with Star Wars: Darth Vader. The comic was published on January 6, 2016.[3]

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Plot summaryEdit

Book III, Part V
VADER DOWN
It is a period of unrest. Darth Vader has tracked
his son, the rebel pilot Luke Skywalker, to the
planet Vrogas Vas. The pair crash-landed, only
to be stranded planetside and faced with new
enemies.

Han Solo, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 successfully
rescued Luke from Dr. Aphra and her droids,
0-0-0 and BT-1, but had little time to retreat
before the Wookiee Black Krrsantan intervened.

Elsewhere, Princess Leia's search for Darth
Vader brought her face-to-face with the Sith
Lord. Ordering all surviving rebel pilots to
attack with full force, she called for a strike
that could end her as quickly as it could Vader.

As the rebels rushed in, Luke rushed to rescue the
Princess from certain death. Meanwhile,
Commander Karbin has arrived, changing the
fate of this rebel attack....[2]

Karbin's gambitEdit

As Imperial forces land on Vrogas Vas, Princess Leia Organa defiant tells Darth Vader that he will not win this war despite the Empire's superior forces. She vows that he and his Emperor are doomed to fail. Lord Vader counters that this is not a war but a series of executions and that hers is long overdue.

However, Vader realizes that the stormtroopers are not his forces and that he did not call for reinforcements. Commander Karbin responds that it is not the Princess who will be executed but Lord Vader, dismissing him as a withered old relic. Karbin responds that his rival set Vader up to eliminate the rebels on Vrogas Vas so that he could swoop in and claim Skywalker and the Princess for himself.

Vader says no and uses the Force to hurl the stormtroopers to the ground. He vows to give Karbin a quick death and draws his lightsaber. Karbin ignites his own lightsabers and boasts that Vader will know that he engineered his doom. He vows to rise from Vader's flames. Leia watches in shock as the two cross blades.

Clash of the WookieesEdit

Meanwhile, Chewbacca and Black Krrsantan fight inside the Millennium Falcon. Han Solo tries to shoot Chewbacca but the black Wookiee bounty hunter hurls Chewbacca at him. Black Krrsantan grabs Solo's pistol but Solo kicks it out of his hand.

At Solo's urging, R2-D2 fires a needle at Chewbacca. This revitalizes Chewbacca and allows him to slam Black Krrsantan in the head, causing him to drop the rock that he was going to throw over Chewbacca. Chewbacca punches Krrsantan in the face and proceeds to pound him with his fists.

Skirmishes in the templeEdit

Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker wanders into the abandoned Jedi temple and senses the Force ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi warns him that he should not have come to this place because he is unprepared for what will follow. Skywalker is confronted by Commander Karbin's stormtroopers who order him to surrender. Skywalker fires his blaster back at them and flees into the complex.

Watching the fighting below, Triple Zero remarks to Beetee that the redeeming quality of organics is that they are always trying to murder each other. When Dr Aphra contacts him, Triple Zero informs her that Skywalker is about to be subdued by stormtroopers. However, Aphra tells him that those troopers belong to Lord Vader's rival Karbin. She tells him not to let Karbin's forces capture Skywalker. Triple Zero tells Beetee to be extremely happy.

Beetee unleashes his flamethrower on the stormtroopers, incinerating them. Triple Zero is upset that Beetee did not leave some for him to torture.

Separate battlesEdit

Meanwhile, Vader fights Karbin, who boasts that the Sith Lord is outmatched by his four lightsabers. Karbin boasts that Vader is obsolete but the Sith Lord uses the Force to collapse a statue on top of the cyborg. The Mon Calamari cyborg survive. Lord Vader responds that he only needs one lightsaber with the dark side of the Force before severing one of Karbin's mechanical arms.

The cyborg screams in rage and retreats into the temple. Lord Vader tells Karbin that it is too late to hide. He boasts that he stood against a thousand rebel troopers and that he will be standing tomorrow while Karbin is as dead as the Jedi that once walked here. Vader hears the voice of Kenobi's Force ghost who tells him to be mindful of his thoughts and laments that he has become the thing that he has sought to destroy.

Karbin ambushes him from behind and the two engage in a lightsaber duel. Karbin taunts Vader that the Force cannot save him now and vows to take his place at the Emperor's side. Meanwhile, Chewbacca hurls Black Krrsantan against a rock but the Wookiee hits Chewbacca with his bracelet. Meanwhile, Solo contacts Skywalker and asks if he found Leia.

Luke tells Skywalker that there are stormtroopers everywhere before being struck in the head by a rifle butt. Solo tells R2-D2 he is about to rescue Skywalker but is grabbed by Black Krrsantan. An armless C-3PO approaches R2-D2 and complains about his missing arms. However, he soon sees the unconscious Chewbacca.

Via R2-D2's comlink, he tells Princess Leia that Captain Solo appears to be in rather serious danger. He reports that Master Luke has been captured by Imperial stormtroopers. As Black Krrsantan chokes Solo, he reports that their situation would be rather grim and recommends a full retreat. However, Leia is not listening because she is aiming her blaster at Darth Vader, who is preoccupied with Karbin.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 MARVEL COMICS December 2015 Solicitations. Newsarama.com (September 15, 2015). Retrieved on September 15, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Preview: Star Wars #14. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on January 1, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 STAR WARS #14. PREVIEWSworld. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  4. SWCustom-2011 Marvel's Darth Vader #15 – Exclusive Cover Reveal! on StarWars.com

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