Vader (Darth Vader comics #1-6), a.k.a. how Vader got his grove back. After meeting a mysterious young Force-weilder with his old lightsaber, Vader decides its time to stop following orders and take control of his life.

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

  • Kylo Ren and the other Vader stans like to imagine Vader as large and in charge, the emperor’s heir, the supreme commander of the fleet and the biggest baddest bitch on the block. He’s not.  He’s a sad old dog looking for love and getting kicked instead. Tarkin calls him to heel, Sidious smacks him with a rolled up newspaper and Tagge coos ‘who’s a good boy’ while fitting him with a choke chain and muzzle. From the way everyone talks down to him despite the ‘lord’ title, it’s clear this has been going on for a long time.
  • Even before Vader finds out Luke is his kid, he’s a source of hope and inspiration. He’s the first thing Vader lies to Sidious about. He’s what spurs Vader to take independent action.  Sidious thought such initiative was beyond him, but the very idea of Luke gave him the strength he needed to start to break free.  It’s like a @jerseydevious fic.
  • Vader is so EXTRA and funny. I’m sure most people write him off as a humorless murder-bot, but they don’t understand. His sense of humor is as dry as Tatooine and darkly sardonic as hell.  “Brought a fine haul of imperial weapons with you?” “I have,” he says leading a group of heavily armed stormtroppers.  Classic.
  • “An old man who thought he could help gifted children.  He was mistaken.” Contrary to fanon, Vader didn’t seem happy or eager or even mad when he killed Obi-Wan. If anything he seemed sort of numb and disappointed.
  • Dave likes to claim that Vader and Anakin are two separate people, and maybe even Vader likes to pretend that, but he really isn’t.  He flies around in his dead wife’s ship (or a replica or whatever) and has flashbacks all over the place. He’s still a sentimental loser who loves his wife and wants someone to give him a hug.
  • Vader sure has become religious in his old age. I wonder how much of his devotion to the Force is because it’s literally the only thing from his old life he can still experience. He’s so disconnected from the life and lives around him…except through the Force.

Aphra and Her Merry Band

  • Rouge archeologist Dr. Aphra is introduced in an action sequence which is basically a rip off of the start of Raiders of the Lost Arc. Dark Indiana Jones –> Dark Han is the obvious line of thought, but she and Han don’t actually have much in common.
  • 0-0-0 and BT, on the other hand, are definitely Dark C-3PO and R2D2. 
  • The first time I read this, I thought Aphra had a death wish. After reading through the entire series, I realized that it’s survivor’s guilt and proving to herself she deserves to live. All the dangerous shit she does is about testing wether she is strong enough, clever enough, ruthless enough, to survive in a way her mom wasn’t.  For her, Vader is the ultimate test. If she can live through him, she’ll be immortal.

You’ve Been De-Sheeved

  • Of course Sidious had back-ups in case the whole Anakin/Vader thing didn’t work out. The guy’s devious plans have devious plans.  I’m more surprised he put all his eggs in one basket when it came to the Death Star. That seems unusually short sided for him.
  • Vader thinks all of Cylo’s projects are abominations.  Does that include himself? Probably.  The idea that he served as inspiration for them, that they’re his kids, makes him sick…and enraged.
  • Aiolin is my favorite.  She’s just so excited when Vader shows up. Such a fangirl.