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Target Vader 5 is the fifth, penultimate issue of the canon comic book miniseries Star Wars: Target Vader. It was written by Robbie Thompson, illustrated by Cris Bolson, Roberto Di Salvo, and Marco Failla, and published on November 13, 2019 by Marvel Comics.

The issue features the story "The Past," in which Beilert Valance reflects on his history with the Empire and attempts to escape from Darth Vader.

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THE GREAT ESCAPE! VALANCE has been betrayed, captured, and now stands alone. But nothing will stop THE HUNTER from finishing his prey… DARTH VADER, who is closing in on his own target, THE HIDDEN HAND, a mysterious syndicate working with scum, villainy… and the REBELLION? Can Valance use his training as a former Imperial to escape… or will he find out he has more in common with the Dark Lord than he could ever have imagined?!

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With the power of the dark side of the Force at his command and the
might of the Empire to unleash, Darth Vader is the most dangerous being
in the galaxy. But he is not without challengers.

The cyborg Beilert Valance, along with fellow with bounty hunters Honnah,
Urrr'k, Chio Fan [sic] and Dengar, was contracted by the mysterious
organization the Hidden Hand to achieve one goal: kill Vader.

But Valance's team has been wiped out by the Dark Lord, and Valance's
last shot to take him out with an EMP device fizzled…thanks to the
betrayal of Dengar!

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  1. 1.0 1.1 MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: Target Vader (2019) #5 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  2. Star Wars: Target Vader is set before Empire Ascendant 1, which in turn takes place before the Battle of Hoth. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the battle to 3 ABY, the events of Target Vader must have taken place sometime prior.

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