In Darth Vader # 10, Red Horror telepathically attacks the former Jedi, unleashing visions that reveal a hidden fear that he may not have been aware of yet.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Darth vader # 10 written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco!
Darth vader didn’t seem to have any problem delivering Luke Skywalker to Emperor Palpatine on the second Death Star. He basically presented it on a silver platter, without a lightsaber. But the latest issue in the Marvel series documenting Vader’s time between The Empire Strikes Back Y Return of the Jedi It hints that the Sith Lord may not have wanted his son to turn to the Dark Side, contrary to popular belief.
Vader does not admit this openly, not even the thought crosses his mind voluntarily. The admission manifests as a series of distorted memories that the Red Horror, a subspecies of Summa-Verminoth, inflicts on Vader’s mind as he makes his way to Exegol to discover the secrets of Emperor Palpatine, in Darth vader # 10 written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco. Most of the images the former Jedi sees through this violent telepathic attack are memories of his confrontation with Luke when he revealed that he was Luke’s father. But how these moments unfold is very different from how they originally occurred.
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Instead of Vader cutting off Luke’s hand, it’s Vader on the other end of the blade as Luke stands on top of him threateningly. Interestingly, Vader still says the same words he said to his son that fateful day, but when their roles are reversed, the meaning of Vader’s words is quite different, almost pleading. The iconic line “I am your father, “It is no longer presented as a grand proclamation that pushes Luke into a pit of utter despair. Vader now says these words after losing his hand as a way of expressing his disbelief that his son would try to hurt his father.
So when he later tells Luke that they can kill the Emperor, he is portrayed more as him pleading to destroy a symbol of evil rather than joining the dark side. This particular reading is cemented by the way Vader extends his now famous invitation to join him. Now she is on her knees and approaches her son, pleading. Now he seems weak and at the mercy of his son. But before he can finish his plea, Luke violently hits him and leaves with the Emperor.
It’s obvious that Vader doesn’t see his son ever being where he was as a good thing, nor that he commits the heinous act of hurting a family member and walking away with the Emperor. All of this is exemplified by an earlier vision that Summa-Verminoth inflicts on Vader that dates back to his defeat on Mustafar at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi. But instead of his former master standing over his mutilated body, it’s Luke, who then says, “I loved you.” The fact that this is immediately prosecuted by Luke killing his father creates the image that Anakin becoming Vader eventually led to his son joining the Emperor. So in a way it’s like I’m afraid that Darth vader could fill Luke Skywalker With enough hatred to turn to the dark side
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