Exploring the continuation of Darth Vader’s rise to power in Marvel’s Star Wars Comics
Star Wars fans will always remember the moment Darth Vader entered the corridors of the Tantive IV in A New Hope. The dark-suited, machine breathing, Imperial enforcing villain won fans the world over. Through the original trilogy we know he was once Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight and father to Luke and Leia. In the prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars movie and series, we gather that Anakin was one of the most gifted and powerful Jedi during his time. Some even would claim him to be ‘the chosen one’. One that is to bring balance to the force. In Revenge of the Sith, we see Anakin become Darth Vader and do not see him in another cinematic film until his arrival in A New Hope. Many fans wondered what Vader was like in those early dark days. With Darth Vader: Darth Lord of the Sith comic book series, we don’t have to wonder anymore. I previously did a breakdown of volume one, “Imperial Machine“.
Now, let us explore volume two, Legacy’s End.
VOLUME TWO: LEGACY’S END
We pick up right where volume one, Imperial Machine, ended. Vader has been informed of the Emperor’s plan for his skilful Inquisitor squad. They are to be trained by Vader and the Grand Inquisitor so they can hunt down the surviving Jedi of order 66. Darth Vader’s training method is not without pain and suffering. He felt by the loss of limb, the group of Inquisitors would learn faster. Vader decided it best to teach the Grand Inquisitor, and then for him to pass his knowledge on to the others. They begin to conjure up a plan to find the surviving Jedi out in the galaxy. To his dismay, Vader finds out that a list of survivors already exists and that the Grand Inquisitor has it. There was one name that was given extra significance, that being Jocasta Nu!
Jocasta Nu has survived Order 66 and the Emperor has marked her a grave threat to his evil plans. We see Jocasta mediating on a remote planet while she is leaving a message inside a holocron. As she finishes her message, an assistant name Gar comes and checks on her. We learn through their conversation that Jocasta has been originating hundreds of holocron messages. All with different lessons and information regarding the Jedi order. She also has acquired a few hundred books from the Jedi temple archive library. As she explains to her assistant, these holocrons and books will be part of the Jedi school she’s building. But, there is one more piece of information she needs to complete her task. At the risk of being found, Master Nu decides to venture back to the Jedi temple on Coruscant.
So, what is so important that Jocasta Nu would risk exposing herself for? It’s a database file containing every Force-sensitive child in the galaxy known by the Jedi order before the purge. The Emperor knew, as well as Master Nu, that the data is crucial to the survival of the Jedi Order. If in the wrong hands, it could spell catastrophe for the galaxy! Master Nu heads swiftly to the Jedi temple to retrieve the vital data before the Empire does. Without much resistance, Jocasta is able to recover the database from a secret room inside the archive library. Before leaving, Master Nu has an encounter with the Grand Inquisitor that leads to a lightsaber duel. Her lightsaber skills are impressive but are still overmatched. As the Grand Inquisitor readies to give the fatal blow, Vader stops him. He explains that she must live per the request of the Emperor himself. Seizing the opportunity, Jocasta gets away and heads to a control room inside the archive library.
With Vader on her heels, Master Nu executes the purge sequence that will erase all data from the archive library. As Vader nears her, a guardian-protector droid runs a bioscan and recognizes Vader as Master Anakin Skywalker. Master Nu hears this and instantly knows the situation is now more dangerous. She goes off to find a weapon that might help even the odds in her favor. It’s a rifle of sorts that uses a lightsaber as its source of firing power. She begins to besiege Vader with relentless shot after shot. He is able to avoid and block her attempts. Master Nu eventually runs out of power, as the weapon destroys her lightsaber. With the rifle about to explode Jocasta makes the bold decision and hurdles the weapon at Vader. He is able to stop it with the force and redirect it before going off.
As Vader regains consciousness, he sees Jocasta attempting to escape by leaping from the now gaping hole that came from the explosion. Her attempt is short lived as the building is surrounded by Clone Stormtroopers. Vader is able to capture Jocasta and comes to apprehend the important information Master Nu has acquired. During his interrogation, Jocasta tells the surrounding Clone Stormtroopers that Vader was once a Jedi they knew and followed Anakin Skywalker. With his new-found rage and anger, Vader force pushes them out of the moving transport and kills them. Blaming Jocasta for their deaths, he goes against the Emperor request and murders her. The interesting part is how Vader reports the incident to his new master. He informs the Emperor that Master Nu died while attempting to flee the Jedi temple. He also advised that he did not find out the pertinent data Lord Sidious was seeking. Vader destroys the database instead.
The last few scenes in this volume leave yet another cliffhanger! We see Vader and Ninth Sister responding to a lead about a possible Jedi sighting in the Colonies Region of Cabarria. As Vader heads to probe for information, it becomes clear to him that he’s walked into a trap. A family of bounty hunters trying to assassinate him but he’s able to stop their feeble venture. The with no help from Ninth Sister, Vader is able to intercept their getaway. Out of fear, the family explains to Vader how they came about his bounty. It originated from Coruscant! With this new evidence, Vader heads back to Coruscant to further delve into the attempt on his life and find who is behind it!
Whoa! So much to unpack in Legacy’s End. The art alone is brilliant and eye-catching! The arc of Jocasta Nu was unbelievable. This shows what a comic can do for a character like her. We learn so much in such a compact storyline and it worked flawlessly. The introduction of how a lightsaber could be used to power another weapon was one of my favorite parts in this volume. What is fascinating as well is the ever-developing relationship between Vader and the Emperor. It is clear that light is still inside the menacing Imperial enforcer. The trust in his new Master isn’t what it appears to be.
Let me know what you all think! Have you read Legacy’s End? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Sound off on the comment section and let’s discuss!
And as always, may the force be with you!
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